Hampson a Chance for Prelim
- Thursday, 11 September 2014
Reigning Outridge medalist George Hampson will be given until Saturday to prove his fitness ahead of Sunday’s do or die preliminary final against East Fremantle at Medibank Stadium.
The star midfielder / half forward hasn’t played since round 22 because of a quad injury but has returned to the training track to prove his fitness.
“He’s started training and we’ll have a look at him maybe Thursday night or at the latest Saturday.” Lions coach Jarrad Schofield said.
“I wont be taking any players in that aren’t fully fit and that cant give us everything that we want from them so we’ll give him a chance but if he’s not (fit) we’ll focus on who does come in.”
Frank Stockley is another name Schofield will continue to deliberate over.
The ruckman was left out of Subiaco’s 32 point loss to East Perth last Sunday.
“It was a tough one to split Andrew McDougall and Frank Stockley.” Schofield said.
“That was probably one of the hardest things as a coach to tell Frank that he was going to miss out.”
“We could have quiet easily gone with the two ruckmen. So yeah we’ll look at that.”
Meanwhile Steve Malaxos says his side is desperate for another grand final appearance and his boys have a point to prove.
“The nucleus at East Fremantle have been really good for the club but they haven’t really had to kudos, we’ve probably been a little underestimated in that respect for what we’ve done for three or four years now but I guess you’ve got to win a premiership to get the kudos.”
Sharks midfielder Jamie McNamara looks set to return to the line up after over-coming a shoulder injury.
“He should play this week, we’re not banking, that’s not the right word but we’re working on the theory or the assumption that he will play, he did a test last Friday and we’re going to do another one on Saturday.” Malaxos said.
The former Eagle will add a touch of class to the Sharks on ball brigade, he averages 22 disposals so far this year.
The Lions will be hoping their normally potent forward line can bounce back after their lowest output for the season last week.
After finishing the home and away season as the highest scoring team, averaging 100 points per game, Subiaco managed just 7 goals against East Perth and a total score of just 58 points.
Mark McGough and Brett Peake will both notch their 100th WAFL games while ruckman Rob Young will play his 150th.
Sharks coach Steve malaxos paid tribute to Young’s career so far.
“Rob does one thing which I try to impress on every player at the club whether they’re colts reserves or league, he just competes really hard at every contests, simple as that, he does that every time he plays.” Malaxos said.
“That’s his hallmark, his competitiveness”
The winner of Sunday’s game will meet East Perth in the WAFL grand final.