Premiership Stars Return

Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 9:39 AM

Round 2 was a monumental day at Sullivans Logistics Stadium with Subiaco having a great win against a highly fancied Peel Thunder outfit.  

The day was also significant as the club held a Premiership celebration for its 1924, 2004 and 2014 Premiership sides.

The 1924 side was remembered through some stories from that day.  There were no survivors from that match but the son of Greg Hickey / retired Archbishop of Perth Barry Hickey was present and spoke of his father and his family's love of the Subiaco Football Club. 

David Clear who is a Director at Sport FM and also related to Greg, chased up some family heirlooms including a mint condition image of the 1924 side which was on display along with the Premiership Cups.

Also, in attendance was a doll made by the future wife of Arthur Green, which was not only there in 1924, but has attended every Subiaco Grand Final since 1924. 

Former Sandover Medallist Richard Ambrose looked to have a promising career as Australia's version of Parkinson and tried to cram two hours’ worth of interviews into his allotted 20 minutes.  His cause was not helped by some blackouts which were experienced across the entire stadium. The first group interviewed included Coach Peter German, Captain Richard Maloney and Full Forward Brad Smith. The group talked about how Subiaco was moulded into a successful finals side that could win a Grand Final. 

Whilst looking back, the side had some obvious midfield stars in Robbins, Haynes, Vines, Priddis and Webb, they were apparently unfancied at the start of the season due to a huge turnover of players from previous seasons. 

Ambrose’s' second interview involved a chat with David Mundy and Ryan Crowley who both were assigned to Subiaco after being recruited and went on to have amazing AFL careers. Matt Priddis was home grown talent who played in 2004 but was unable to join the panel as he had coaching commitments with the Lions. 

Ambrose showed a look of distain when he was asked to surrender the microphone after an hour as he had another 3 interviews planned.  

After the meal was served, Wade Twomey (a 2014 Premiership Player) grabbed the microphone and did a Roaming Brian style Q and A with the 2014 crew.  

It was obvious that the 2014 crew felt like the underdogs on the day they won theuir premiership, but certainly had the belief that their toughest and best football could beat anyone on the day including an strong AFL listed East Perth side. 

A number of players made the effort to fly over from the eastern states and the camaraderie on display with both groups was obvious as it appeared a lifelong bond had been formed between the players.

Jarrad Schofield made mention of the family of deceased 2014 player Chris Yarren whose family was represented on the day. 

Whilst the players reminisced in the function centre, the 2024 players got the job done in hot and dry conditions in a tough encounter.

Following an entertaining Awards which included a rev up from 2004 and 2014 Captains Richard Maloney and Kyle Horsley, the players descended onto the Leederville Hotel and then dispersed.

The 2024 crew will be looking to add another premiership to the trophy cabinet and will hopefully be a part of the 2034 Reunions.