We take a look at Subiaco players from numbers 36-24 from the 2016 season.
This group of players contained a handful of differing stories. Aaron Heal blew away everyone's expectations with a strong season in defence and was runner up at the Outridge Medal. Subi uncovered a gem in Chris Bryan and Craig Hoskins continued his upwards growth.
Three players from this list made their Subiaco league debut with Max Walters, Hayden Yarran and Ben Sokol representing the club.
36. AARON HEAL
A couple of years ago the Subiaco coaching staff wondered if recruit Aaron Heal had the physique to withstand long-term WAFL Football. Flash forward to now and the thought process has completely changed. The Peel product was incredible in 2016 playing every game and finishing second in the Outridge Medal by 11 votes. He demonstrated ice cool composure, a massive right fist and silky disposal in a breakout season and now the club’s excited to see how far Heal can go with his career.
35. MAX WALTERS
Walters is another player that probably deserved more of a look in at league level but was fighting for a spot in a very experienced midfield. The Whitfords product played two games in 2016 and made his debut against Claremont in Round Nine. Walters is a tall, athletic midfielder and will be a player to watch in the future.
34. HAYDEN YARRAN
Hayden Yarran showed plenty of promise after signing for Subiaco from West Perth in 2016. Yarran made his league debut in Round 11 against East Perth and kicked a game winning five goals against the Royals. The 25 year old also kicked two against Peel the next week. Yarran finished the year in the reserves and kicked 26 from 12 games.
33. HAYDEN KENNEDY
Unfortunately for young defender Hayden Kennedy, injury interrupted most of his 2016 campaign. The Kalgoorlie kid Kennedy was in top form early in the season but suffered a shoulder injury against West Perth in Round 10. Kennedy returned to play an Elimination Final for the reserves but that would be his last input for the season.
32. BRADEN FIMMANO
Fimmano tallied a career high six league games this season and has proven himself a valuable asset to the club. Fimmano played every game from Round 11-16 and produced his best performance (21 disposals, two goals) against East Fremantle in Round 13. Schofield will definitely look at using Fimm in the league fold next season.
31. CHRIS BRYAN
Bryan became a league regular in 2016 and played every game from Round Nine onwards. The North Beach product exhilarated with his drive and dash from the back-line and was voted the Barron Rising Star for the Lions. Even though the Lions defence was under extreme pressure in WAFL Grand Final 132, Bryan impressed spectators with his composure and speed.
30. NICK HAY
Nick Hay was able to return to the field in 2016 after a host of debilitating leg injuries. Hay filled an important role in the back-line for three games but found himself struggling for consistency. Hay indicated that 2016 was his last for Subiaco as he looks forward to life away from the rigors of WAFL football.
29. DYLAN ELLIOTT
Elliott chipped in for two league games this year and provided his usual shutdown role. Elliott has been a hardworking defender for the Lions since 2012 but called his time at Subiaco at the end of 2016. Elliott amounted 14 league games, 65 reserves games and 19 colts games over his time.
28. BEN SOKOL
Sokol was a very handy recruit for Subiaco in 2016. The ex-South Freo forward came to Leederville Oval for opportunities and his hard work was rewarded in the season opener against Peel. The highlight of Sokol’s year came in Round Seven when the forward kicked seven goals against his former club South Freo. Sokol finished with 22 goals from 12 games.
24. CRAIG HOSKINS
2015 premiership hero Hoskins returned for the Lions with bigger and broader expectations in 2016 and he nailed them. Hoskins smashed all of his previous personal bests; games played 22, disposals 391 and tackles 131. Hoskins was the leading tackler for the Lions and 4th in the WAFL.