Nicoski back in maroon and gold
- Thursday, 16 May 2013
Nicoski back in Maroon and Gold
Sat, 18 May 2013 2:10 PM
Head to Head
Played:323 Subiaco: 157 Perth: 166
At Medibank Stadium
Played:11 Subiaco: 9 Perth: 2
Last Meeting - Round 12, 2012 at Medibank Stadium
Subiaco 9.10 (64) def by Perth 20.14 (134)
West Coast Eagle Mark Nicoski is set to line up for Subiaco for the first time since round 11, 2010.
The 29-year-old is on the come back trail from a nightmare run of injuries which started more than 12 months ago when he tore his hamstring from the bone while playing for the Eagles in an NAB cup game.
The Subiaco junior’s return to the field will be low key, earmarked for 60-70 minutes in the Lion’s reserve side against Perth on Saturday.
The senior side will take on a much improved Perth Demons outfit at Medibank Stadium.
After years in the WAFL doldrums, Perth sit third on the WAFL ladder with four wins from 6 outings and will be buoyed by their performance against Claremont which saw them get to with in a goal of the reigning premiers.
New Lion Jarrod Kayler-Thomson will face off against the club he played 106 games for between 2005 and 2012.
Kayler Thomson was one of a host of former Demons who parted ways with the club at the end of last season.
Kayler-Thomson and fellow Lion Clancy Wheeler will both be looking to repeat their winning form from last weekend’s state game win over Victoria.
Sydney Swans premiership player Paul Bevan sits third in the WAFL’s goalkicking averaging a remarkable 3 goals per game playing as a forward/midfielder.
His pace and ability to read the play make him the Demon’s most dangerous player, Jarrad Schofield will look to shut him down.
Stacked forward line
Also averaging 3 goals per game is the highflying Brennan Stack, but with only 2 tackles in five games there are question marks over his defensive pressure.
The Lions will look to expose that aspect of his game with plenty of run off half-back from the likes of Chris Phelan and Daniel Leishman.
Andrew McDougall impressed in his second hit out for the Lion’s reserves against Peel after overcoming off-season groin surgery
Playing mostly in the ruck, he finished with 21 disposals and 27 hit outs.
If the former Perth Demon can stay injury free he looms as a key contributor to Subiaco’s second half of the season.