SUBIACO’S Kyle Halligan shapes as the hard luck story of WAFL Grand Final week after being slapped with a ban that could force him out of Sunday’s season decider against Peel Thunder.
Halligan has been offered a two-match suspension – reduced to one with an early guilty plea – after being reported for rough conduct during last weekend’s preliminary final.
The Match Review Panel assessed the incident, which involved South Fremantle’s Jacob Dragovich, as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact.
The Subiaco forward kicked two goals from his 10 disposals in the Lions’ 32-point win over South Fremantle on Sunday, but may now miss the opportunity to add another premiership to the one he won in 2015.
Subiaco and Peel are set to reprise their flag battle of last year in this Sunday’s grand final, the final football fixture ever for Subiaco Oval.
Ironically, the team from Mandurah will have more players familiar with the Subiaco surface than the Lions, with up to 15 AFL-listed players set to run out for Thunder.
The Lions finished the season as minor premiers and three games clear of the chasing pack yet are considered underdogs.
They have won three of the past four flags, with last year’s loss to Peel their only blemish.