WAFL grand final: No looking back for West Perth’s Joe Morrow

Joe Morrow after last year’s reserves grand final. Picture: Dan White
Joe Morrow after last year’s reserves grand final. Picture: Dan White

BEFORE this year, West Perth backman Joe Morrow had played just 22 league games from five seasons.

But his persistence through injury and 63 reserves appearances since his league debut in 2009 will be rewarded with a grand final berth against Subiaco this Sunday.

The 25-year-old was a reserves premiership player last year, a reserves grand finalist in 2013 and featured in the league preliminary final in 2011.

But the Wanneroo JFC product had never been able to hold down a consistent senior position until this season.

Even then, he had to wait until round 13 to play his first game of 2015.

He has played a career-high 12 matches this year, his previous best being eight in 2009 and 2011.

Coach Bill Monaghan, who arrived as league mentor the same year Morrow made his debut, was pleased to see the defender earn a position in the side’s back six.

“We recognised his talents early and have always had great faith that he’s a regular league player,” he said. “He just hasn’t been able to get on the park with a significant number of injuries.”

“It’s really pleasing to see him fight through that and stick at it.”

Morrow is one of at least eight West Perth players likely to be WAFL grand final debutants at Subiaco Oval on the last Sunday in September.