The Wheeler Effect
- Thursday, 17 September 2015
In the first quarter of the second semi against West Perth the Lions conceded three quick goals and were losing control of the game.
Wheeler has developed an ability to stand up when it matters over his career and Sunday’s Grand Final sealer was just another example.
Wheeler was a big part of the Lions 2011 premiership push before he was concussed in the Grand Final against Claremont and provided multiple roles through Subiaco’s modest 2012 and 2013 seasons.
The 26 year old has played in 95 of 126 games since making his debut in 2011 and represented West Australia twice (2013 & 2015).
Wheeler gets away from West Coast youngster Tom Lamb.
The versatility of Wheeler has never been more important than in 2015 with injuries to rucks Frank Stockley, Jordan Bestry and Dave Madut seemingly exposing a weakness in the table-topping Lions.
After playing half-forward and half-back for portions of the season Wheeler was entrusted to pinch hit in the ruck with Lachlan Delahunty. Wheeler and fellow Black Swan Delahunty ran rings around West Perth's Chris Keunen and used their mobility to dominate the centre clearances in the second semi.
“We’ve got a good relationship both on and off the field,” Wheeler said of Lachlan Delahunty.
Clancy “Clanger” Wheeler and the Subiaco Lions will face either East Perth or West Perth in the season finale at Domain Stadium Sunday Week.