Baker and Litherland stand tall for losing grand finalists

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Great Southern duo Liam Baker and Angus Litherland suffered grand final defeat after Subiaco lost a tight WAFL league decider to Peel Thunder at Domain Stadium last Sunday afternoon.

Hailing from Lake Grace, Baker enjoyed a superb first season at league level and was one of the shining lights for the Lions in the grand final. Playing in the midfield and at half-forward, the 19-year-old was terrific at stoppages and collected 19 disposals to go with six inside 50s and five tackles in the 16-point loss. Baker played 13 league games this season, kicking 19 goals and averaging 16 disposals.

Litherland, who was raised in Ongerup and played for Royals and Albany, was solid deep in defence in slippery conditions.

He finished with 17 possessions, two marks and three inside 50s to go with a number of spoils, but it was not enough to prevent a second consecutive grand final loss for the ex-Hawthorn defender.

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Earlier in the day in the colts grand final, a Claremont side containing six Great Southern products was outclassed by East Fremantle as they suffered a 54-point loss. Borden’s Lewis Davis was superb for the Tigers with 22 disposals, eight marks and 19 hit- outs.

The tall utility also had nine inside 50s and laid six tackles to lead the way for his side.

Railways product Beau Ewen was also named in the Tigers’ best players after another strong negating role while gathering 11 touches and laying four tackles.

Ex-Royals midfielder Declan McNamara was also one of his side’s best contributors with 14 disposals and 10 tackles, 10 of those touches coming in the first half.

North Albany’s Addison Dew finished with 11 disposals and five marks, while fellow North Albany product Rhett Lloyd had 10 possessions, three tackles and two inside 50s. Former Denmark-Walpole junior Josh Devitt-Boyd collected eight touches in the loss.

In the reserves, former Albany key position player and Kojonup product Travis Abbott impressed for SouthFremantle in their 19-point loss to Subiaco with 16 disposals, five marks and three tackles in the back half.

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