Subi soars at Sandover
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Subiaco’s Sam Menegola almost stole the Sandover Medal despite only playing 12 games in the 2015.
The big midfielder came home with a wet sail in the vote count finishing with 41, four votes short of winner Aidan Tropiano (Perth). Ashton Hams from South Fremantle finished second with 44 votes.
Chris Phelan polled well after his most consistent season as a WAFL midfielder collecting 35 votes from 20 games to finish sixth overall.
2015 recruits Leigh Kitchin and Brett Robinson also got love from the umpires polling 46 votes between them.
Four players finished over 20 votes for the first time since the Glory Years (’05-08’)
An ankle injury kept Subiaco recruit Sam Menegola out of action until halfway through the season but he polled six lots of top votes after round 11 to come third with 38 votes.
Menegola spent time on Fremantle and Hawthorn’s list but struggled to break in an AFL side, that could be set to change next year after the athletic midfielder finished the season in blistering fashion with the Lions.
Bernie Naylor medallist Shane Yarran polled heavily early due to his dominant start to the season. Yarran finished with 16 votes.
SUBIACO TOP 5
Sam Menegola – 41
Chris Phelan – 35
Leigh Kitchin – 25
Brett Robinson – 21
Shane Yarran – 16
SUBI SOARS AT SANDOVER
The Subiaco Football Club were prominent in the pre-Sandover Awards taking home a host of honours after a strong 2015 campaign.
Shane Yarran was awarded the Bernie Naylor Medal for leading goal-kicker. Yarran is the first player of indigenous heritage to win the award for the Lions.
Head Coach Jarrad Schofield was awarded the JJ Leonard for WAFL Coach of the Year after leading Subiaco to a 17-3 record in his third year at the helm. Schofield will coach back-to-back Grand Finals next week against West Perth.
The Subiaco Football Club also took home the Rodriguez Shield for most dominant on-field team in 2015. Subi finished ahead of West Perth after recording a total of 34 wins on the season. (League 17, Reserves 14, Colts 3)