- Thursday, 05 March 2015
Subiaco’s young talls have been given a chance to shine in 2015 with opportunities opening up in the ruck department.
Both of the Lions 2014 premiership rucks are unavailable this year with Andrew Mcdougall retiring and Frank Stockley undergoing knee surgery.
That leaves a hole in the number one tap role; a situation that could be resolved through numerous methods.
The Lions showed last year that they have the depth to cover injuries to the ruck department. Both Mcdougall and Stockley were absent for portions and ruck coach Steve Wasley was able to rely on his squads depth to execute Subi’s game-style.
Jordan Bestry and Sean Bradley were both featured throughout portions of the 2014 premiership season and contributed to wins in tandem with either Lachlan Delahunty or Clancy Wheeler.
Along with Bestry and Bradley; Dave Madut has displayed the maturity to take his game to the next level over the off-season and his patience could be rewarded with the fruits of league football.
Subiaco also possesses a WA State 18’s representative with Adam Creeper back to full health and ready to make his mark on senior football.
The question will be what combination works best for Jarrad Schofield and the Subiaco Lions.
Origin: Kingsway JFC
Bestry has been developing at a lightning rate since emerging as a talent in Colts football. Standing around 200cm’s Bestry can outreach and outstretch some of the biggest WAFL ruck-men. Showed a gutsy attitude against South Fremantle in Round 18 last year against bigger and more experienced opponents.
Bradley was originally zoned to co-tenants East Perth where he played his Colts football in 2011. After disappearing from the WAFL for two years Bradley adapted impressively to the Lions senior side in 2014. He was a heavy contributor to the reserves Grand Final run and aided Subiaco in a Round 12 win against Perth with 16 disposals and 8 hit-outs.
Creeper was praised highly after an impressive U18'S State Nationals with WA. He’s a tall athletic player who is proficient in the ruck as well as being able to play roles around the ground such as half forward and halfback. Was an outside chance of being drafted into the AFL last year until injury set him back; 2015 could be a big year for Adam Creeper.
Madut was a rare talent coming out of Colts football and displayed raw athletic ability which the Lions have worked at harnessing. The Sudanese born ruck featured in five league games in 2013 but endured a disrupted year in 2014. After putting in a solid pre-season Madut was utilised in the two pre-season games against South Fremantle and Perth and displayed maturity.
Origin: Frankston (VIC)
Delahunty was brought to the Lions before the 2014 season and found himself pinch-hitting in the ruck. The Victorian recruit proved to be a super effective utility, playing key positions whilst making effective cameos in the centre. Recorded 108 hit-outs in 2014 and could be an option again for Subiaco.
Wheeler was an all round standout for the Lions last year. The Esperance utility played 21 games and displayed the ability to change games with his broad skill set. Is predominantly used as a sweeping defender but has been thrown into the ruck from time to time throughout his career due to his leap and physicality. Wheeler had 69 hit-outs in the 2014 season and was used in tandem with Madut in both pre-season games.