As Subiaco Oval prepares for its final AFL game, we take a look back at seven of the most memorable footy moments seen at the ground.
ROUND 1, 1987: WEST COAST v RICHMOND
This is where it all began for the Eagles, whose AFL debut looked set to be a losing affair when they trailed Richmond by 33 points at three-quarter time. But West Coast launched a spirited fightback in the final term to prevail by 14 points, with Wally Matera booting four goals.
ROUND 22, 1991: WEST COAST v HAWTHORN
Eagles captain John Worsfold dished out plenty of big bumps throughout his 209-game career. His most memorable at Subiaco was when he flattened Dermott Brereton. The Hawks star was squeezed up on the boundary line and looking to make room to get off a shot on goal at the time. But Worsfold came in quick as a flash to put Brereton on his backside in a crunching hit.
ROUND 21, 2000: FREMANTLE v WEST COAST
Ask any WA football fan about western derbies, and odds are this is the match they’ll talk about. Clive Waterhouse booted 7.2 as Fremantle came from seven goals down to snatch a famous one-point win. But the talk of the match was all about the biff – with Fremantle’s Dale Kickett throwing the most punches. In all, four players were suspended for a total of 15 matches, and 11 players were fined. Kickett copped a nine-week suspension for three separate striking charges.
QUALIFYING FINAL, 2006: WEST COAST v SYDNEY
The Eagles and Swans enjoyed some epic encounters during the 2000s, and this one was no different. Sydney were down by five points in the dying minutes. The Swans swept the ball out of defence, and eventually bombed the ball forward, where an errant Drew Banfield spoil resulted in the ball spilling to the goalsquare. Sydney forward Michael O’Loughlin was on hand to kick the goal from point-blank range, and he celebrated by unleashing a roar just inches from the face of an Eagles supporter. The goal proved to be the match-winner, but West Coast got their revenge in the grand final.
ROUND 16, 2007: WEST COAST v SYDNEY
Ben Cousins had missed the first 16 rounds of the season to receive treatment for his drug addiction in the US. Fans gave him a standing ovation when he came off the bench early and he ended the game with 38 disposals in a 12-point win. It was dubbed a fairytale return. But the fairytale would last only six more games before Cousins was sacked by as his problems spiralled out of control.
PRELIMINARY FINAL, 2013: FREMANTLE v SYDNEY
This game is a personal highlight for Fremantle coach Ross Lyon. It was when his side was at its defensive peak. Sydney simply had no answers to Fremantle’s manic pressure as the home side raced out to a 53-14 lead by halftime.The win booked Fremantle’s spot in their maiden grand final, where they were beaten by Hawthorn.
ROUND 15, 2015: WEST COAST v ADELAIDE
The death of Adelaide coach Phil Walsh rocked the football world. Adelaide’s round 14 match against Geelong was cancelled to allow the players to grieve, and Crows players arrived at Subiaco Oval the following week still raw with emotion. West Coast won the match by 56 points. After the final siren, players from both sides locked arms around the centre circle in a show of unity. Crows players burst into tears as their emotions overflowed. Adelaide’s playing group then received a standing ovation from the crowd as they walked off the field.