Subi Home for Boland
- Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Not since 2011 has a Subiaco player kicked more than 50 goals in a season.
Subiaco’s forgettable 2013 campaign was highlighted when the club’s leading goal kicker for the season finished with a total of just 20.
As a result the Lions embarked on a nation wide off-season search for some forward line fire-power.
“Scoey basically said Subi were looking for a focal point up forward and not necessarily some one to kick 100 goals but just some one to provide a target in the forward line for the guys to kick to.” said Subiaco’s current leading goal kicker Matthew Boland.
Boland kicked a bag of five goals straight against West Perth on Saturday taking his total to 23 in 8 games.
The 23 year old sits second, just one goal behind Swan Districts spearhead Ricky Cary, in the race for the Bernie Naylor Medal.
At 192cm and 96 kilos Boland has created headaches for opposition defenders and is yet to be held goalless in any of his 8 games as a Lion.
The spearhead credits Subiaco’s selfless style of play for his prolific start to the season, a welcome change from his former VFL club Collingwood.
“Basically they were more worried about developing their players.
“It wasn’t really a real ‘club’ feel it was just blokes playing for themselves.
“Now it’s an actual club feeling and being in the top two everyone wants to win and play finals so it’s been a real good change.” Boland said.
Boland’s the most accurate of the top five WAFL goal kickers, currently converting 74 % of shots on goal.
“Lots of practice I guess, over the years I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of thousands of shots on goals trying to practice the same routine and luckily at the moment it’s working.”
Boland says it didn’t take long for WA and the Subiaco Football Club to feel like home and currently lives with fellow Victorian recruit Lachlan Delahunty.
“It’s unbelievable over here, me and Dell have both made the move and we’ve loved every minute of it.
“Obviously I miss my family every now and then but it’s much better than Victoria.” Boland said.