It was another year of consistency and stability from the South Perth Lions who maintained their impressive record of reaching the finals in every WA Smarter Than Smoking Premiership season this decade.
The Lions came within a few inches of the Grand Final, only to be denied by Jeremy Wallace and the North Beach Sea Eagles in the Preliminary Final.
Read on for NRL WA’s review of the Lions’ 2019 season.
Record: 8-6 (3rd place. Lost Preliminary Final)
What went right?
South Perth were there when it mattered at the pointy end of the season, falling just short of the Grand Final.
The Lions were one of the more consistent teams in the competition in 2019, and led by usual suspects Daniel Green, Isaac Thomas, Jarrad Smith and Eddie Proudler, alongside new recruits Brandon Wright, Connor Hudson and Will Smith, South Perth were a threat all year.
What went wrong?
The Lions missed out on the Grand Final by the finest of margins this season. Leading 20-18 and heading into the final minutes, only a piece of Jeremy Wallace brilliance denied South Perth a shot at a first Premiership since 2014.
Most impressive game
In a game many expected them to lose, the Lions denied Fremantle a crack at the minor premiership, defeating the Roosters 36-30 at Ken Allen Field in Round 15.
South Perth scored six tries (through six different players), with Harry Debique adding the extras on each occasion as the Lions claimed a strong win.
NRL WA’s Player of the Season: Daniel Green
The 2019 Ken Allen Medallist, it’s impossible to look past Daniel Green when analysing South Perth’s best.
A true leader both on and off the field, Green was a warrior for the Lions this season, playing in 15 games and scoring a pair of tries.
Had they not played in the same side as a Ken Allen Medallist, Jarrad Smith, Brandon Wright and a fully-fit Eddie Proudler would have been deserving of this honour too.
Honourable mentions: Eddie Proudler, Jarrad Smith, Brandon Wright