Lions aren't scared of Thunder
- Thursday, 02 May 2013
Article: Michael Barr | Photo: Kim Johnson Photography
The Subiaco Colts will travel to Peel on Saturday in search of their fourth season win.
A win at Peel will see the Lions bolster their place on the Colts ladder after dominating fourth place South Fremantle by 26 points before the bye.
The win at South Fremantle was a sparkling display of what the 2013 Lions are capable of; and a much needed boost after two consecutive losses.
Player Development Officer Jeff Lind was impressed with the Lions showing in round six but is wary of underestimating a winless Peel side.
“Peel’s results so far have been pretty poor but if you go down there with the attitude that you’re going to win then they will surprise you. They haven’t been at their best so we would have to go down their confident but if we don’t bring our A-game we’ll get beaten.”
Lind believes the key to victory lies with the midfield; with the Lions recording a win every time they led the centre clearances bracket.
“The game will be won in the midfield; if we dominate the clearances then we will make it very hard for Peel. We have a well-structured forward line and disciplined backline so if were winning the clearances we generally get on top of oppositions very quickly.”
BARR’S GAME CHANGERS:
The Lions will be buoyed by the return of Vice-captain Hayden Kennedy this week as he comes back from a minor elbow injury. The gutsy midfielder could be joined by fellow Mines Rover products Anthony Champion and Liam Ellis as the 2013 Lions take a strong country influence.
One of the defining factors between Subiaco and South Fremantle in Round six was their kicking accuracy. The Lions kept a comfortable buffer between their opposition the entire game due to their immaculate kicking, finishing with a goal rate of 69%. Peel may struggle to contain potent forwards Michael Wood, Ryan Vermeersch, Cody Grace and Rhys McAlister who have developed excellent chemistry throughout the early stages of 2013.
LAST TIME THEY MET:
The last time Subiaco and Peel met it resulted in a 67 destruction of the Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium. Peel un-luckily met a Lions side at their destructive best with senior players Charlie Le Fanu and Matthew Turner leading the way in the midfield as Michael Wood cleaned up with nine majors. Current Colts midfielder Joshua Deluca caught the eye of spectators recording a career high 28 disposal, 10 inside 50’s and a goal in a performance he will hope to re-create this week.