- Thursday, 15 August 2013
Written by: Michael Barr Photo: Kim Johnson
With an extremely versatile defensive group; the Lions backline have shown glimpses of their damaging best in 2013; and what they are capable of as Subi pushes for September action.
The backline has held four WAFL teams under 50 points this season with the consistent defensive group developing strong chemistry as the season has gone on. With only a month of regular season football left; here are four defenders who are bound to make an impact as we approach the business end of the season.
The Captain has been in outstanding form across 2013; constantly enforcing an impact on the game. Originally from Collie, Jackson has flourished through Subiaco’s development programs to now stand as one of the premier defenders at Colts level. The big unit has the ability to shutdown key forwards and a great decision making process which will be crucial as the Lions push for a finals appearance.
In his first year of Colts football; the Kalgoorlie kid Liam Ellis has made a huge impact. Earning a spot in the starting 22 by Round Four, the 184 cm defender gathered momentum to be considered as one of the Lions key contributors in the back half. Ellis showed a glimpse of his potential in Round 13 where he starred against Swan Districts with 22 possessions to land his name in the best’s column.
Bryan has emerged as a brilliant half-back flanker in his first year of Colts football; crucial to Subiaco’s movement out of the backline. The 18 year old hasn’t missed a game in 2013 with his bursts of speed and pinpoint kicking often opening up scoring rebounds for the Lions. Although Coach Steve Armstrong has been rotating Bryan into the midfield of late; his impact on the backline so far this year has been outstanding.
Buscall is another consistent player for the Colts in 2013; playing every game as a rebounding defender. Has the ability to negate his forward opponent with good defensive pressure; but can also hurt the opposition with run and carry. Works extremely hard off the ball and has the ability to impact contests; Coach Steve Armstrong will be hoping Buscall will be firing for the home run into September.