Stockley a chance to step up to league side

Frank Stockley celebrates the Falcons’ |preliminary final win.
Frank Stockley celebrates the Falcons’ |preliminary final win.

Stockley won the Prendergast Medal as the best reserves player in the WAFL at the Sandover Medal count on Monday night.

He has been in strong form in recent weeks, including a best-on-ground performance in the preliminary final win against Perth, where he collected 24 disposals, nine marks, 31 hitouts and two goals.

The Whitford product more than held his own when called upon to shoulder a big workload in the league side against East Fremantle in round 22. Monaghan said playing two ruckmen was a regular hot topic with the coaching group.

‘We toy with whether we play two genuine ruckmen all the time,’ he said.

‘Frank’s in the mix, they’ve (East Perth) got a really good ruck combination.

‘That’s something we’ll have to spend a fair bit of time discussing.’ West Perth is fielding a league-reserves double on grand final day for the first time since 1999.

The reserves have not won a flag since 1960, which, coincidentally, was the same year the league side beat East Perth in the third grand final derby between the sides.