Colts Season Review: 2014
- Thursday, 11 September 2014
Another colts season has come to an end with the 2014 young Lions finishing 9-11 and just outside the finals.
The colts played some outstanding football throughout the year and Subiaco uncovered some raw talent as they look to build on the young squad next year.
There were six members of the Lions in the U’18’s West Australian nationals side with Greg Clarke and Adam Creeper getting their first taste of the top level. Due to injury Aaron Summers, Josh Deluca, Cody Grace and Max Walters were unable to partake in state duties.
Subiaco also had three players in the WAFL colts team of the year with Ryan Vermeersch selected on the half-forward line and midfielder Tim Edwards and utility Adam Creeper named on the bench.
Despite missing out on the finals there were some bold highlights on the Lions colts season.
Classy forward Rhys McAlister finished with 30 goals on the season.
Subiaco entered the season with the luxury of having last year’s leading goal-kicker Rhys McAlister alongside key forwards Cody Grace and Ryan Vermeersch. The three forwards worked well together in the front half to kick 31 goals between them by round seven but injury would dismantle the dangerous trio. Cody Grace suffered an ACL tear at WA U18’S training whilst Rhys McAlister suffered with multiple injuries. This opened the doors for some new big game players though with the Woodley brothers Jeremy and Justin adding a spark into the Subiaco’s attack. Jeremy kicked 33 goals from 19 games whilst Justin provided brilliant pressure and delivery up the field.
Subiaco's Greg Clark was dominant as an outside midfielder in 2014.
The Lions had a lot of depth in the midfield department this year with coach Armstrong relying on young talent to fill important roles. Pacey youngster Aaron Summers took up his usual position on the wing for most of the season and did a lot of damage on the rebound. Subiaco got the season they expected from 17-year-old Greg Clark with his second scholarship to the AFL Academy putting a stamp on an emphatic season. Experienced players Adam Swain and Joshua Hatch started the season strong whilst Brad Waters and Mckenzie Lawrence became regulars in the back end.
Captain Brennan Pearce had a break-out season leading the back-line.
The defence was lead by captain and second year colts player Brennan Pearce who settled into the role with 19 games and 259 touches on the season. Pearce grew as the leader for the colts and worked well alongside Corey Buscall and Tom Hooper as well as fresher players like Jay Allison-Green and Jack Beverly. Chris Bryan also deserves a honourable mention after starting the season so well on halfback he was elevated into the reserves side by Round Eight. Esperance 19-year-old Jak Cary filled the hole left by Bryan to become a dangerous rebounding defender for the Lions.
Tim Edwards was one of the Lions most consistent players in 2014.
Seasoned colts midfielders Max Walters and Timothy Edwards were the most prominent players in Subiaco’s engine room. Walters played 14 games at 19 disposals a game whilst Edwards became the Lions leading ball-getter with 20 games averaging 18.3 touches a game. Connor Wilkinson had another solid colts season and looks primed to enter the fold at senior level whilst silky seventeen year old Ethan Burnett looks ready to unleash on colts football next year. Tim Grose and the Lions coaching staff explored a couple of avenues on the ruck front with Adam Creeper moving to a key position early in the season. This opened up the spotlight for 201-centimetre ruck-man Ashton Williamson who flourished in 2014. Nathan Adler was also very handy as the secondary tall for a majority of the season.
The Taylor medal for the colts best & fairest is set to take place tomorrow in Leederville.
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