Colts Monthly Review: July
- Wednesday, 15 August 2012
The colts celebrate their win over Swans with a happy coach. PHOTO: Doc Fethers.
Subiaco 135 – 42 Peel Thunder
Subiaco 72 – 76 South Fremantle
Subiaco 131 – 35 Swan Districts
The Lions had their best month of the year in July recording two wins and their only loss being a four point defeat against the league-leading South Fremantle.
The Colts dug deep into their talent pool this month with various senior players stepping up into league football. The manner in which the younger players responded was impressive, with guys like Rhys McAlister, Allan Jones, Conor Wilkinson, James Hughes showing they can play.
Coach Steve Armstrong was extremely pleased with how the youth of his squad stood up to the challenge.
“It’s great to see younger kids stepping up, we expect these kinds of performances from our senior members, so to see the young kids giving the same performance as the 19 year olds is amazing. Guys like McAlister, Wilkinson, Hughes and Webster who have been introduced regularly this year are contesting and performing really well.”
In specific Armstrong sung the praise of new found goal kicker Rhys McAlister.
“Rhys has been in great form in the forward line. For the first ten games of the year we played him around the packs and stoppages and he struggled. He had a couple of weeks out with the flu and when he came back we decided to place him in the pocket, and he’s flourished ever since. “
One player that continues to impress this year is seventeen year old Dom Sheed, who has had a meteoric rise in his first year of Colts football.
The Kalgoorlie sourced player continued to dominate in July and Armstrong believes Sheed has a bright future.
“Doms future is completely up to him. He’s been impressive this year and will continue to grow.”
Armstrong also noted a change of position as a positive move for the midfielder.
“At the start of the year we played him in a sweeper role but when he came back from the state 18’s we told him to start hunting the ball and he’s responded to that challenge brilliantly. We also noticed that his work ethic improved a lot after he returned from the state trip.”
In regards to the ruck department, reserve ruckman Bryce Denysiuk has emerged as a contributor sharing the load with Jordan Bestry around stoppages.
Denysiuk has been finding form in tandem with Jordan Bestry and Armstrong is grateful for his efforts in the last month.
“Bryce is competing really well and has become an important asset of our side. It was a relief for Jordan Bestry to have a secondary ruck man as he’s been carrying the load since Dave Madut’s knee injury. They’re both only 17 years old and they’ve done a really good job at carrying the load.”
Dave Madut is also expected to see action before the end of the season, as the Sudan born footy covert is set to return from his knee injury in the last few weeks.
JUNE’S STAND OUT PLAYERS
Clarke is finishing his year in fine form, averaging 20 disposals a game and kicking 11 goals in July. His best performance came against the league leading South Fremantle in which he gathered 25 disposals and booted six goals. Head Coach Steve Armstrong regarded the performance as “special”.
“Dylan had a really special performance against South Freo in round 18. Usually good Colts players get that 30 or so possessions but the great thing about Dylan is that he also kicks two or more goals in almost every game aswell. He’s a real workhorse, works hard down back and embarks on gut busting runs to move the ball up field.”
Dom Sheed has had regular appearances in the Colts side in July after returning from representing WA. He’s been a rock in the middle for the Lions and gathered an average of 28.3 disposals a game.
Somers has been a dominant force down back in the last few games, recording his best performance of the year against Swan Districts last week with 26 possessions and even a goal. Has been a consistent performer all year and continues to grow as a player
A few players have embarked on their senior careers in recent weeks including James Garcia, Cam Wohiling and Will Featherstonhaugh.
James Garcia played three reserve games before being awarded his league debut last week against the Swan Districts in which he gathered 18 disposals in an impressive outing. Read about his debut here: http://www.sfclions.com.au/club-news/1387-grateful-garcias-debut.html
Cam Wohiling played his last two games in the reserves, his best performance being against South Fremantle in Round 18 in which he gathered 19 touches. Wohiling is likely to get more senior action for the rest of the year.
Will Fetherstonhaugh has also been included in the reserves side in the last two weeks with a solid start to senior footy playing a wingers role. Fether’s has gathered 25 disposals in the last two games and will hope to build on his good start.
Subiaco have the slightest mathematical chance of making the finals and will have to win their last three games but Armstrong states the goal is to simply end the year strong.
“The main goal is to just compete. We know where we stand and we know how we can play. We want teams to see us on the fixtures and know it’s going to be a hard game and we’ve been establishing that in the last few months.”
The Colts have win-able games against East Perth and Peel Thunder.