Subiaco's Esperance Trip Another Success

The Subiaco Football Club made a successful trip to their regional zone last week, with the country trip to Esperance hailed a resounding success by those at the club as well as representatives from the Esperance region.
A small party of Subiaco representatives including CEO Peter Capes, Football Manager Daniel Vidovich and Talent Manager Michael Famer made the trip to Esperance on the Thursday allowing them the chance to meet with some of the local Esperance people and football clubs.
Friday lunchtime the remainder of the travelling party including the Subiaco League team and support staff teams met at the Skippers Terminal in Perth set to embark on the 60-minute flight to Esperance.

Arriving mid-afternoon there was no time for rest for the Lions players as they quickly checked into the ‘Bay of Isles’ hotel on the picturesque Esperance foreshore and changed to make the short trip to Ports Oval.
Once at Ports Oval, coach Jarrad Schofield took his team through a short session to stretch the legs and get accustomed to the new surroundings where the crucial WAFL match was set to be played.
A growing number of locals had begun to come by Ports Oval to get a look at Subiaco in action, with a children clinic the feature of Friday’s activities at the ground.
Led by Regional Manager Gemma Harrison and Subiaco District Development Officer Matt Debarro, about 100 local Esperance kids aged 5 to 11 were treated to a series of activities helped run by the Subiaco players.
At the conclusion of the session, a number of standout performers were rewarded with McDonalds footballs and the Subiaco Lions players all remained to sign posters, jumpers and hats for the kids.
After an early dinner back at the hotel and team meeting to follow, it was an early night for the players as they prepared for the next day’s game against Claremont.
Subiaco’s travelling party arrived at Ports Oval early the next day, in time to see the curtain raiser match which featured the brightest prospects from the region in an under 21’s match between a town side and a country side.
It was an early start for the Subiaco coaching teams as they were on hand to help guide the respective coaches from the under 21s game through their paces. The Subiaco assistants, provided some invaluable support and pointers to the local coaches of Esperance.
Meanwhile the Subiaco training team were also running a practical session with trainers from the Esperance region. Local trainers were provided with the insight of the experienced Subiaco training and support teams.
A number of Subiaco Football Club dignitaries were invited to a pre-match lunch that was generously provided and catered for by the Esperance Districts Football Association.
President Mark Lawrence, Director Russell Smith, WAFC Director Neil Randall and CEO Peter Capes all represented the Subiaco Football Club at this lunch, with President Mark Lawrence addressing the assembled guests on the importance of Subiaco’s country zone to the ongoing sustainment of the club.
As the build-up continued to the feature match, a large crowd had begun to arrive at Ports Oval with spectators treated to a fine but windy day.
On-field Subiaco took the advantage of kicking with the wind in the first quarter, building a two goal break at quarter time. The Lions held firm through a tough physical second quarter before extending their lead further across the second half. Ultimately the Lions ran out 40-point winners in a game that felt a lot closer than the score indicated. Adam Cockie would be presented with the game ball as the best player on the field.
Following the WAFL game, a Women’s Football exhibition match was held with a number of local ladies getting the chance to show their talent in front of the large crowd which had continued to hang around.
Meanwhile for the Subiaco players after a quick recovery session at the nearby local Esperance Swimming Pool, they joined the Claremont team, both support teams and supporters of both clubs in a post-match function upstairs at the Ports Oval.
Once again the hospitality of the Esperance Districts Football Association was outstanding, with a number of local families helping to contribute to a hearty meal for all of the players and support staff members.
Post-match awards were conducted by Director Russell Smith with all coaches and players speaking highly of the game, the facilities and the hospitality of the Esperance people in helping to make a memorable occasion and game. Following the formalities Esperance locals and footy supporters got a great opportunity to enjoy a drink with the current WAFL stars.
It was a fond farewell to Esperance from the Subiaco travelling party as they headed back to the airport for their 8.30 flight back to Perth.
The Subiaco Football Club would like to thank the Esperance Districts Football Association, Ports Football Club, West Australian Football Commission, Department of Sport & Recreation, Bay Of Isles Hotel, Best Western Hotel, Skippers Aviation, Busy Blue Bus Company, Subway Esperance and all those who helped to make this a successful trip to the Subiaco region. 

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