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WAFL grand final preview

Captains Dylan Main (left) and Kyal Horsley (right) holding the premiership cup. Photo: WAFL.

The two best teams of 2019 will go head-to-head at Optus Stadium in this weekend’s WAFL grand final.

Subiaco and South Fremantle occupied the top two spots on the ladder at the end of the premiership season and meet each other again in the big dance.

Optus Stadium comes alive one more time this footy season for Sunday’s WAFL grand final. Photo: Matthew Craig.

Subiaco have been the dominant team all year, losing just once in 19 games. South Fremantle are the only club to inflict defeat on them back in round six.

Since then Subiaco have beaten the Bulldogs twice, including a 34 point win (14.13 97 def. 10.3 63) in their recent semi-final to book their place in this weekend’s grand final.

There has been a clear gap between Subiaco and the rest during the 2019 season. Source: WAFL.

A hard fought 30 point win against Claremont (9.9 63 def. 4.9 33) in last week’s preliminary final saw South Fremantle get a second crack at the Lions.

It’s the club’s first grand final since 2009, snapping a four game losing streak in preliminary finals.

South Fremantle’s clubhouse at the Fremantle Community Bank Oval. Photo: Matthew Craig.

Despite finishing in first place and winning the second semi-final, Subiaco won’t have a home ground advantage because the final is set to be played at the neutral Optus Stadium.

Last year’s grand final at Optus Stadium drew the biggest attendance for a WAFL game since 2002.

The WAFC expects at least 25,000 fans to come through the gates next Sunday, proving that state footy is alive and well.

The Subiaco members’ stand at their home fortress, Leederville Oval. Photo: Matthew Craig.

Andrew Murdoch from the Monday WAFL podcast is tipping this game to be much closer than the teams’ previous semi-final.

Lachlan Delahunty won his first Sandover medal on Monday night. Photo: @WAFLofficial.

“I think Nick Suban will draw on his experience to have a big leadership role down back for South Fremantle. I think he’s going to have a really big influence.”

He also expects Subiaco’s Sandover medallist Lachlan Delahunty to push for the Simpson Medal for best on ground.

“He has had about 13 team of the week nominations and has been in fine form all season.”

On Monday night Delahunty became the first ruckman to win the Sandover medal since Ryan Turnbull in 2001.

He averaged 27 possessions and 15 hitouts during the season and will play a key role in Subiaco’s premiership bid.

Bouncedown is at 2:40pm on Sunday afternoon at Optus Stadium, and will be broadcast live on Channel Seven.