Intensity in South City
- Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Article: Michael Barr
The Colts will shape up to face South Fremantle this week with a 2-2 record and a point to prove.
After a blistering start the Lions have squandered their momentum losing consecutively to East Fremantle and Claremont.
A 59-point belting at the hands of Claremont last week was the lowest low for this year’s Colts side, who have showed glimpses of brilliance but lacked resolve.
The big loss makes this week’s trip to South Fremantle imperative to show what kind of damage the Subiaco Colts can actually do against the top sides of the WAFL in 2013.
Captain Declan Jackson believes the key to win against the bigger side lies with their first quarters.
“We need to start faster to beat South Fremantle; the last few weeks we’ve had slow starts and that’s really hurt us.”
In regards to rectifying other elements of Subi’s game following their 59 point loss the Claremont Jackson says his players need to start becoming accountable.
“Claremont beat us on the overlap a lot last week. We weren’t transitioning very well between our zones and the Tigers made us pay. We need to start being accountable for our direct opponents.”
BARR’S GAME CHANGERS
INTENSITY IN THE SOUTH CITY:
The Colts have shown periods of outstanding pressure; but it tends to come in bursts. If the Lions can start hard and fast negating South Fremantle’s running midfield then they will be in with a chance. Look for players like Greg Clarke, Joshua Deluca and Andrew Vawser to bring the early pressure.
SLOW STARTS AND FADE-OUTS:
If the Lions can kick their slow start hoodoo; then they could have an ace up their sleeve. South Fremantle broadcast a possible weakness last week failing to score in the last quarter against Swan Districts to hold on for a five point win.
LAST TIME THEY MET:
The Lions met the highly favoured South Fremantle (and eventual premiers) in Round 18 of the WAFL season last year as undoubted underdogs. The Bulldogs however weren’t expecting a Lions side brimming with confidence though; boasting names such as Kyle Halligan, Dylan Clarke, Dom Sheed and Charlie Le Fanu. After going toe to toe for most of the game, the Bulldogs pulled out to a 32 point lead at three quarter time, only to see the Lions pull off a six goal last quarter to come within four points. Another minute on the clock would have seen the Lions run over the visitors, but alas the Colts fell four points short of a famous victory. Dylan Clarke had the game of his life with six goals, 25 disposals and ten marks.