- Tuesday, 01 July 2014
Jarrad Schofield addresses his players in the 26 point win over Peel Photo: Michael Flood
Subiaco’s league stocks have taken a blow in the last month with a string of injuries to key players.
With such long seasons and testing conditions teams are bound to encounter injury woes, the important thing for the Lions is that they have the depth to cover it.
In the last month players like Joe Scafidi, Ryan Wade, Aaron Heal, James Garcia, Charlie Le Fanu, Simon Moore and Reece Blechynden have come to the rescue for Subiaco’s league side elevating from the best reserves team in the competition.
Head coach Jarrad Schofield has been impressed by the ability of his senior list, but he’s not surprised.
“I’ve been impressed with the strength of the senior squad but I haven’t been surprised with our expectations and commitment. I’ve probably been shocked with the margin that our senior sides have been winning but in saying that I have a committed group of players who play good tight united football as a group.” said Schofield
Schofield was apart of one of the greatest periods of history at the Subiaco football club in 2006, 2007 and 2008 but the triple premiership player believes the Lions have a long way to go to match the strength of the glory years.
“I can’t really draw comparison to the glory years of 2006 to 2008, we are still a long way off. We still have a lot of improvement but what we do have is a committed bunch of guys that play for each other. Were probably a younger group than we probably were back in those successful years but in terms of the boys commitment and attitude we have grown and developed dramatically since last year and through all the hard work in commitment were getting the results.”
The ex-Port Adelaide Premiership Player has mounted a thriving coaching career off the back of a successful AFL career, and Schoey puts it down to competition.
“Competition is definitely an important part of coaching philosophy, if you come here to play and socialize without a goal then you’re here for the wrong reason. I’ve definitely made sure that guys do play for the right reasons and keep a healthy environment were they’re living on the edge. We model players to play certain roles in our sides that's why the reserves understand that some of the roles they play could translate to league,
When you’ve got a league side winning and playing well and you’ve got a reserves side are doing well then you have players playing for the right reasons and striving to wear the league jumper. “ said Schofield
With Subiaco’s second bye arriving with convenience, returning players are set to cause a good problem for the Lions coach.
“We’re hoping to get Lachlan Delahunty back after the bye as well as Justin Joyce. We’ve also got Abe Davey who is almost good to go along with players like Jarryn Jacky and Dylan Elliot who should be ready soon. The guys who have been out for a period of time will be fitter because they have the luxury of playing a couple of games in the reserves. But the good thing is that there are younger players who are competing for spots and it’s healthy for the club,
“I’m really looking forward to selection after the bye. We probably haven’t had a full list since Round Four to pick from and the boys have shown from a league and reserves level how far they’ve come to be able to maintain their level of performance in periods of time when they’ve lost key players. I’m looking forward to adding pressure to those league regulars to deliver because if they’re not performing I know I’ve got players that can come up into the league side.” Said Schofield