Preview: Rd 13 vs. East Fremantle
- Thursday, 14 June 2012
Reigning Bernie Naylor Medalist Blake Broadhurst believes Subiaco can overcome the difficult task of turning around their season in the last 12 rounds and feature in September.
Speaking on 91.3 Sport FM, Broadhurst said last week’s 70-point loss to Perth was the most disappointing match he had played in his time at the club but that the playing group took solace from making the Grand Final from a similar position last season.
Subiaco were 3-7 last season before a second-half run saw them make it to the finals and upset second seed West Perth in the Preliminary Final.
Currently with a 4-6 record this season the Lions face East Fremantle sitting sixth on the WAFL ladder three games outside the top four.
The Sharks sit in fourth with seven wins and three losses.
Broadhurst said the Lions had lost much of their early season confidence, which saw them start the season with four straight wins.
“We started well but the past two months have been pretty ordinary,” he said on Sportsbeat.
“It’s a big confidence thing, I think, we probably weren’t too far off with our first few losses but we’ve slipped away and lost a bit of confidence. I think we just need to get that winning feeling back and get some confidence and get back rolling for the second half of the year.
Broadhurst said he wouldn’t blame injuries for the Lions slip despite as many as nine of their first 18 being out in the first half of the season.
One of the key injuries was ball-winner Jason Bristow who missed last week’s loss to Perth with a hand injury but is expected to return to face the Sharks.
Subiaco won the hit outs 37-22 against Perth but failed to win the clearances without the in and under Bristow.
“That’s probably one area we have been down (in the midfield) and that’s not something we’re shying away from,” Broadhurst said.
“But we’ve got Jason Bristow who will hopefully slot back in this week, he’s a great ball winner for us we’ll try a few different things and run a few blokes through there, even I’ve been having a bit of a run through there, so we’ll see how we go.
“At the moment it’s a bit hard to judge how the forward line structure is working, I think on the weekend we had around 30 inside-50s and at the end of the day you’re not going to win games of footy like that so we just need to work on giving the forwards some supply and give them a chance one on one.”
While sitting three games behind East Fremantle, the game looms as a two-game swing with a win bringing them back within two and a loss making September a tough task for the Lions.
Broadhurst said: “The great thing about the WAFL this year and last is that it’s a pretty even spread so any team can win on their day so we’re not writing ourselves off but obviously we’ve got a lot of work to do.”
“Finals are a long, long way away for us at the moment we just want to get back out there and show some good attitude and desire and play some good footy so first things first but yeah anything is possible.”
The Lions have an impressive record against the Sharks over the past decade having won 24 of their last 25 games against the port team.
Subiaco also claimed the round five clash against the teams by 10 points against an East Fremantle outfit without many of their AFL listed players. That was the Lions last win this season.
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