SFC 2015: Player Reviews 10-1
- Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Chris Deluca gathered momentum towards the end of the year and was integral in September for the Lions. The pacey forward kicked 17 goals but provided his best impact off the ball; chasing and pressuring in the forward line. Deluca is only 23 and has won two WAFL premierships.
Wayde Twomey has developed a reputation as a big game player for the Lions and he did not disappoint in 2015. Twomey’s confidence and dash off the back-line continued to be damaging in his 7th WAFL season. Twomey represented WA and won his third WAFL premiership in 2015.
Scott Worthington had a similar campaign to 2014; were he missed a portion of the season only to be a rock in the finals. Key defender Worthington returned in Round 16 and provided strong performances in September. Worthington has accepted a job opportunity in Kalgoorlie which won't allow him to play for the Lions next year. The 24 year old played 78 games and featured in three Grand Finals for the Subiaco Lions, winning two.
Sam Menegola was Subiaco’s story of the year. Previously de-listed from two AFL clubs Menegola came to Subi to resurrect his career. The 23 year old was held back by a frustrating leg injury for the first nine games before exploding onto the scene in Round 11. Menegola had a jaw dropping run which saw him poll six best on grounds’ in the Sandover Medal over 12 games. Menegola’s electric finish has him poised to re-enter the AFL.
Simon Moore played ten games of league football in 2015 and looks to be a promising midfielder. Moore provided his best performance in a losing effort against Swan Districts in Round 20 kicking three goals on a wet day.
Leigh Kitchin came to Subiaco from Frankston, Victoria in the off-season and had the tedious task of filling Jason Bristow’s (retired) inside midfielder role. The 25 year old fit the gap perfectly, playing every game in 2015 and finishing second in the Tom Outridge Medal. Kitchin represented WA, polled over 20 votes in the Sandover, won a WAFL premiership and was selected in the WAFL Team of the Year. We’re excited to see where Kitch can go in 2016.
Small forward Rhys Waters was prominent early in the season before losing momentum through injury. The 2014 premiership player returned for finals with the reserves and was the emergency for Subiaco’s league side on Grand Final day but wasn’t required. Waters will be looking to get back to the form that yielded 34 goals a season ago.
Blechynden was a strong contributor to the Lions in 2015 and unlucky to finish the season in the reserves. Blechynden is a stocky midfielder who has a big future at the Lions. The 25 year old has played 66 league games and will be pushing for more in 2016.
Michael Wood returned to Subiaco after a year on the Dockers list and despite struggling early; the youngster returned to his promising best. Wood played 18 games in 2015 kicking 26 goals as a roaming key forward. The 21 year olds best performance came against South Fremantle in Round 19 where he kicked five majors.
The skipper had an indifferent season with a string of injuries restricting him. Horsley was in full flight when it mattered however; playing the majority of games from Round 13 to his third WAFL premiership (second as captain). The Kalgoorlie captain has a great rapport with the group as provides guidance for a new age of Subiaco footballers.