We take a look at Subiaco players from numbers 51-37 from the 2016 season.
Four players in this group made their debut with Liam Ryan, Hamish Shepheard, Jeremy Woodley and Shaquille Mckenzie playing their first league games for the Lions in 2016.
This group also provided a majority of the Lions goals with recruits Liam Ryan and Hamish Shepheard combining for 91 goals this season.
51. LIAM RYAN
Subiaco recruit Liam Ryan had a meteoric impact in 2016 kicking 40 goals. Ryan also contributed a handful of jaw-dropping marks that caught the attention of the WA Football community. The 19 year old played in every game from Round Eight including the Semi Final and 2016 WAFL Grand Final. The Geraldton youngster is a good chance to join the AFL in 2017 and has been invited to the Draft Combine set for October 16.
47. MATT BOGENSPERGER
Bogensperger probably could have played more league football than he did, but a strong league midfield cut his opportunities short. Bogensperger was a crucial cog for the reserves however, collecting 464 disposals from 16 games to win the Blakemore Medal for fairest and best.
45. HAMISH SHEPHEARD
Hamish Shepheard was a late signing for the Subiaco Football Club in 2016 but he was making an impact by Round One. Shepheard filled the key forward role left by Matt Boland over the off-season and starred for the Lions in his WAFL return. Shep didn’t miss a game kicking 51 goals to finish second in the WAFL goal-kicking.
44. SHAQUILLE MCKENZIE
Shaq Mckenzie was another 2016 recruit and showed true glimpses of talent. Mckenzie’s speed is a definite feature and he torched the Falcons in his league debut at HBF Arena in Round Three. Mckenzie only finished with six league games but is definitely set for a big 2017.
43. DANIEL LEISHMAN
2014 Premiership player Daniel Leishman returned to the den and was a massive add of experience in the back-line. Leishman’s dash and disposal were a highlight from his eight games and he eclipsed his father Steven Leishman (48 SFC games) by playing his 49th and 50th Subiaco games in the WAFL Finals Series.
41. DYLAN CLARKE
Dylan Clarke played a career high eight league games in 2016 and produced a host of silky goals. Clarke was heavily featured in the early season before making way after Round Four. Clarke worked his way back into a super-competitive league side and produced the best patch of football in his young career between Round 11-13. The Kalgoorlie City produce finished with 13 league goals.
40. JEREMY WOODLEY
Jeremy Woodley finally got a taste of league football featuring for the Lions in Round 16 against the Demons. It wasn’t a great day for the forwards due to the inclement weather but Woodley also managed to kick his first league goal. Woodley is a crafty forward and looks on the edge of breaking out.
39. JOEL LATHAM
2016 was undoubtedly Joel Latham’s best year as a Subiaco player. The ex-Falcon played every game for the Lions and he was credited by the coaching staff with a top five finish at the Outridge Medal. Latham’s rugged durability continues to underlie his play and a move to the midfield could be on the horizon.
37. SEAN BRADLEY
Sean Bradley was the only true ruck option Subiaco used all year. The athletic big man was utilised in 14 games collecting 235 hit-outs and battled well against bigger and more experienced opponents. Head coach Jarrad Schofield loves the way Bradley plays and the young ruck could be a key player for the Lions in the future.