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Subiaco Oval closure: Look back at the moments that made it more than just a sports ground

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The Subiaco Oval has played host to most of WA football's greatest moments.

ABC News: Glyn Jones

Round 23 of the AFL season marks a bittersweet end to AFL football at Subiaco Oval.

As of 2018, the new Perth Stadium at Burswood will be the home of football in Western Australia.

Many will rejoice in not having to deal with the long lines, uncomfortable seating and the worn facade that have become synonymous with "Subi" over the past few years.

But the ground itself has played host to most of WA football's greatest moments and is the source of so many football memories for fans across the nation.

Dockers preliminary final win against Sydney

In 2013, the Fremantle Dockers emerged as an AFL power.

Coached by Ross Lyon and skippered by Matthew Pavlich, it was the high point of the club's history.

Perhaps their most complete performance of the season, was the preliminary final victory against Sydney at Subiaco.

Subiaco was packed with purple and the 25-point win sparked jubilant scenes on the streets of Fremantle.

The Dockers ultimately went down to Hawthorn in the grand final, but won plenty of admirers along the way.

The Demolition Derby

Round 21 of the 2000 season will forever be remembered for the Demolition Derby.

It was one of the most spiteful AFL matches in recent history.

Punches were thrown before the bounce with West Coast's Michael Gardiner facing off with Fremantle's Matthew Pavlich, and Dale Kickett taking on any Eagles player in his vicinity.

The game itself was an epic, with Clive Waterhouse kicking seven goals in the Dockers' one-point win.

Kickett ended up being suspended for a total of nine weeks for three separate striking charges.

The West Coast Eagles' first game

1987 ushered in a new era for Australian Football.

The West Coast Eagles played their first game in the revamped VFL competition.

The crowd queued around the block to see the fledgling club, coached by Ron Alexander and captained by Ross Glendinning, defeat Richmond by 14 points.

It signalled the entrance of a new power club in Australian football.

1986 State of Origin match between WA & Victoria

The '80s were the glory days of AFL State of Origin.

There were few things better than beating Victoria, and the 1986 State of Origin clash at Subiaco between WA and the Big V is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time.

The Sandgropers were captained by East Fremantle legend Brian Peake.

But the hero was Gary Buckenara, who snapped across his shoulder in the dying stages to help WA claim an incredible three-point win.

It was the last "true" State of Origin clash before West Coast entered the then VFL the following year.

1978 WAFL Grand Final

The Perth Demons dominated the local league for a significant part of the '60s & 70s,

But their hopes of claiming three flags in a row were dashed in 1978.

With Demons' favourite son Barry Cable now in Royals colours, East Perth upset Perth by two points in horrible weather at Subiaco.

Another former Demon, Ian Miller, claimed the Simpson Medal, but Cable's performance in the wet was sublime.

The loss sparked a sharp decline in Perth's status as a league heavyweight.