SFC 2016: OUTRIDGE PREVIEW
Friday, 07 October 2016
Subiaco are set for the 2016 Outridge medal, which will be held tonight at the Subi Sports Bar.
It was a scintillating season for the Lions who claimed the minor premiership for a consecutive year. They did this off the back of a well-groomed host of contributors and it should lead to an interesting count at the 2016 Outridge.
Who will join the likes of past greats’ Austin Robertson Jr, Neil Taylor, Marc Webb & Matt Priddis as the latest Outridge champion? Here are the contenders.
Subiaco’s captain Kyal Horsley is a two-time winner of the Outridge Medal (2011 & 2014) and is expected to poll well again in 2016. Horsley missed a couple of games through injury but still managed to accumulate 472 disposals from 19 games and nine goals. His impact was especially evident in the Grand Final collecting 39 touches, two goals and narrowly missed the Simpson Medal for best on ground.
VC Leigh Kitchin played 21 games and re-confirmed his status as one of the WAFL’s most consistent inside midfielders in 2016. Kitch gathered 488 disposals from 21 games and continues to be the Lions key mover at the stoppages.
The Lions “ace-of-spades” Clancy Wheeler had another outstanding year. Wheeler played anywhere from the forward line, back and the ruck in an impressive 2016 campaign. Wheeler managed 344 disposals, 90 marks, 184 hit-outs and 22 goals from 21 games. Wheeler was the go to pinch hitter for Jarrad Schofield this year.
Shepheard was a revelation for the Lions this year finishing second in the league in goal kicking with 51 from 22 games. Although he had a sour finish to his 2016 season, the dominance of Shepheard shouldn’t be understated. His contested marking and strong finishing will see a lot of Outridge votes heading his way.
It’s always fantastic watching young players progress and the development of midfielder Craig Hoskins has been a delight. Hoskins is one of the Lions most physical on-ballers and led the team in tackles with 131 from 22 games. Hoskins also displayed a cool head under pressure and collected 391 disposals over the season.
The 2015 champion backed up his success with an even more impressive encore. Phelan is the midfield mastermind for the Lions and does his damage with exceptional disposal. Phelan’s craft kicks and looping handballs have become an art form and the “Phez” will poll well again this year.
Although he is one of the more under-appreciated cogs in the Subi machine, Latham has become a hard-working, dependable defender for the Lions. The 2014 Premiership player featured in every game for Subi in 2016 and continues to grow as a sweeping defender. Latham finished with 316 disposals from 22 games.
Subiaco’s Aaron Heal had a breakout year in 2016. The young defenders ability and poise had always been evident but Heal took his game to the next level this year. Heal was acknowledged for his outstanding season with a debut WA State representation and usually faced the fastest opposition forward. Heal finished with 316 disposals from 22 games.
It was never going to be an easy job replacing the position and number of six time full-back Darren Rumble but youngster Declan Jackson did as best as humanly possible. Jackson played every game for the Lions and constantly took the oppositions biggest forward. Jackson claimed multiple scalps over the season including Bernie Naylor Medalist Ben Saunders, Michael Apeness (PTFC/FFC) and Darcy Cameron (CFC)
The return of Adam Cockie was a delightful one with the premiership player bursting back onto the scene with Subiaco in 2016. Cockie’s slipped on the maroon and gold for the first time since 2011 and prospered back in the surroundings of Medibank Stadium. Cockie had 381 disposals from 20 games and was the second leading tackler with 111.
PAST 10 WINNERS
2015 CHRIS PHELAN
2014 KYAL HORSLEY
2013 BRETT MAHONEY/GEORGE HAMPSON
2012 AIDAN PARKER
2011 KYAL HORSLEY
2010 BLAKE BROADHURST
2009 SHAUN HILDEBRANDT
2008 GREG BROUGHTON
2007 BRAD SMITH
2006 MARK HAYNES
Q. WHO HAS WON THE MOST OUTRIDGE MEDALS FOR THE SUBIACO FOOTBALL CLUB?
HIGHLIGHT ANSWER >>>> A. JOHNNY LEONARD (1926, 1927, 1928, 1929 & 1930)