McDougall hopes to make impact
- Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Subiaco big-man Andrew McDougall has had a delayed start to 2014 but the ex-West Coast Eagle made his way back into the league side on a rainy day against East Fremantle.
After suffering a frustrating knee injury in a pre-season game also against the Sharks, the 31 year old has been working hard to re-gain form.
After four reserves starts and injuries to big-men Lachlan Delahunty and Frank Stockley, McDouggall found his way back into Jarrad Schofield’s favour and had a major impact against East Fremantle.
McDougall gathered 17 disposals and had 35 hit-outs in the wet weather clash to be named amongst the best on ground.
“I really enjoyed my return to league football. It’s great to be a part of such a humming side with loads of young talent and experienced older players so I hope to be a part of more Subiaco success,” said McDougall
Working into Subiaco’s league side wasn’t an easy task for the returning big man but Mcdougall believes the strength of Subiaco’s senior list maintains pressure on league selections.
“League has been playing well but the good thing about our reserves is that it’s so strong that any of the 22 could step up and make an impact on the league side, so it puts a lot of pressure on selection.”
“I’m hoping to be a part of finals football for Subiaco and have an impact for the rest of the season. A lot of clubs such as East Perth, Peel Thunder and East Fremantle are playing three ruck-men sets at the moment so there could be a place for a third tall rotating into the forward line."
The Lions face another big clash this weekend with the Fremantle affiliated Peel travelling to Medibank Stadium.
The Thunder host a group of extremely talented big men with AFL players Jon Griffin, Michael Appeness, Craig Moller and Jack Hannath suring up their ruck stocks.
Andrew McDougall and the Lions talls will have to be running at full efficiency to negate the Thunder’s height dominance.
“We need to use our speed of ball and outsmart them. Our big boys have a lot of pace so if we can work the ball around the Peel big men we will be on our way. It’s going to be a really tough game but hopefully some of the players we get back like Shane Yarran will get us over the line.” added Mcdougall