Outridge Medal: 2015 Preview
Wednesday, 14 October 2015
Subiaco will announce their club champion on Friday Night with the 2015 Tom Outridge Medal at the Subi Corporate Lounge, Domain Stadium.
The Lions have a host of front-runners after an impressive 2015 campaign, which only yielded three losses on the entire season.
With a hefty balance of contributors the 2015 Outridge Medal could go either way.
#5 - LEIGH KITCHIN
Kitchin made the move West from Frankston and had an immediate impact in the Lions midfield. The pacey ball-winner adapted into Jason Bristow’s ,(retired), role and thrived amongst a high-powered midfield. Kitchin played every game in 2015 for Subiaco and averaged 22 disposals per outing to be selected in the West Australian WAFL team of the year. Kitchin also represented WA alongside six other Lions and polled strongly in the early rounds of the Sandover Medal to finish with 25 votes.
#7 SAM MENEGOLA
Menegola made a big splash with 35 disposals and two goals on his Lions debut against Claremont in Round 11. The ex-Fremantle man continued his fast start to average 27 disposals a game and finished with 21 goals and a big performance in Grand Final 131. Menegola came third in the Sandover Medal with 41 votes despite only playing 12 games.
#11 BRETT ROBINSON
Robinson re-united with best mate Wayde Twomey at Subiaco in 2015 and also impressed with his ability on the wing. The 29 year old displayed dash and precision in space and was rewarded with his second WAFL premiership. (SD 2010, SFC 2015). Robinson played his 100th WAFL game during the year and polled 21 votes at the Sandover Medal.
#15 CHRIS PHELAN
Phelan continued his impressive foray into the midfield and established himself as a barometer for the Lions in 2015. Schofield put Phelan on the ball two years ago and the Kingsley product has become one of the best midfielders in the competition. Phelan averaged 24 disposals a game this season, kicked 14 goals and represented West Australia for the first time. Phez won his second WAFL Premiership and finished sixth at the Sandover with 35 votes.
#20 CLANCY WHEELER
Clancy Wheeler’s versatility proved extremely valuable for the Lions in 2015 with his ability to play multiple positions. Wheeler started the season as a forward/ruck kicking 13 goals in eight games and gathering 66 hit-outs in tandem with Dave Madut. Wheeler was then used in the back-line from Round 8 to Round 15 before returning to the ruck with Lachlan Delahunty for the rest of the season. The Newton-Condignup product represented West Australia for the second time and won his second WAFL flag in 2015.
#21 JORDAN LOCKYER
Lockyer was another one of Subiaco’s off-season signings and became the rock in defence for the Lions. The Ex-Sydney Swan played every game and led Subiaco for marks with 112; including nine against West Perth in the Grand Final. Lockyer was awarded the Andrew Christie Medal in Round Four for the player that best demonstrates the ANZAC Spirit against his junior club West Perth.
#23 DARREN RUMBLE
Rumble went out with a bang and is expected to poll well at the Outridge.The club and fan favourite played 18 games in his penultimate year consistently marking the oppositions’ best forward. Rumble was a late inclusion to the WA State squad and provided strong leadership to a young Lions backline all season long. Rumble finished his incredible career with six premierships from 13 seasons.
#28 SHANE YARRAN
Yarran expanded on his forward ability in 2015 and it worked to great effect. The 26 year old forward starred in his second season as a Subiaco Lion winning the Bernie Naylor Medal with 46 goals on the season. Yarran also represented West Australia and torched West Perth in Grand Final 131. Yaz polled well in the Sandover with 16 votes and is expected to poll well over the season.
Fairest and Best winner – TBA
Runner-up – TBA
LEAGUE AWARD WINNERS
Player of the Finals - TBA
Leading Goalkicker – Shane Yarran (46 goals)
Barron Rising Star Award – TBA
Best Clubman – TBA
Newton Screaigh Memorial Awards – TBA
RESERVES FAIREST AND BEST
Blakemore Medal (reserves fairest and best winner) – TBA
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