Subi six in WA mix
- Thursday, 30 April 2015
Subiaco have six players included in the WA State Squad’s first intake; eclipsing the five selected in their 2014 premiership year.
Captain Kyal Horsley, Leigh Kitchin, Clancy Wheeler, Shane Yarran, Chris Phelan and Lachlan Delahunty have been named in the squad as WA prepare for a match up against the South Australia on May 23.
A healthy number of Lions selected is a good reflection of how well the club has started in 2015; winning for of their first five to sit on top of the table.
SUBIACO WA STATE SELECTIONS
Subiaco's 2014 premiership captain was selected after an explosive start to the season. Horsley was the best on ground in the Lions Round Two triumph over East Fremantle and is averaging 22.6 touches a game in the engine room.
Despite being one of the WAFL's elite midfielders this is the first time Horsley has been selected in the West Australian State side. Horsley hails from the Kalgoorlie City Football Club in the Goldfields and played AFL football for the Gold Coast Suns from 2011-2013.
Kitchin was rewarded for a bright start to his WAFL career with a selection in the West Australian state side. Kitch was recruited from Frankston, Victoria and settled in nicely at his new home at Leederville Oval.
The midfielder is a energetic extractor who never shy's away from the contest. Kitchin is averaging 23 disposals in a Lions midfield that are out-working their WAFL opponents in 2015.
Chris Phelan was named in the West Australian State Side for the second successive year as he enjoys a purple patch in his WAFL career.
Phelan is a big bodied midfielder who can have a signifigant impact on the inside or the wings. Recruited from the Kingsley Football club "Phez" has been a consistent performer for the Lions over his eight year career.
Currently #4 on the WAFL disposal leaders after Round Six; Phelan has established himself as an elite ball-winner in the WAFL.
Delahunty is an athletic utility who's become known for his big marks at Leederville Oval. The 6'3 Victorian is an aerial specialist who can also pinch hit in the ruck.
"Dela" was selected into the Western Australia side for the second year in a row and could be a handy inclusion for his adopted state with the ability to play anywhere on the ground.
Clancy Wheeler continues to grow and excell as a versatile role-player for Subiaco and this has been acknowledged by the WA State selectors.
Wheeler was an important role-player for the Lions in 2014 and showed he was capable of playing as a key forward, defender or ruckman. The Lions have asked Wheeler to hold a key forward position so far in 2015, where the Esperance product has kicked 10 goals from five games.
Shane Yarran has been electric so far in 2015 leading to his first selection into the WA State side.
After breaking onto the scene in 2014 and Yarran kicked his way to a WAFL premiership alongside a dominant Subiaco forward line. In 2015 Yarran has lifted his game to another level kicking 19 goals from four games to stand as the WAFL's leading goal-kicker after six rounds.