SFC 2015: Round Eight Preview
- Friday, 08 May 2015
Subiaco will travel Mandurah way to face Peel Thunder this weekend with a chance to extend their lead on top.
Three sides are nipping at Subi’s heels at the top of the ladder with the second placed Thunder one of them.
The Fremantle aligned Thunder started the season hot but fell to Swan Districts last week to the tone of 47 points. With a host of players vying for spots in a firing Dockers side the Thunder will have some weapons on display at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
Subi have won four of five but are looking to improve after a sluggish 36-point victory over Perth. The Lions are yet to play a dominant four-quarter game in 2015 but will hope to do it against the league’s surprise packet Peel.
Chris Deluca is a chance to play his first game since the 2014 Grand Final Photo: Perthnow
HISTORY OUT THE WINDOW
Historically, Subiaco have dominated this fixture. The side’s have met 44 times with the Lions claiming 38 but don’t let the numbers fool you. Peel are a very different side in the current WAFL era; boasting a side topped with AFL talent. The Thunder had 17 AFL listed players representing them last week including top draft picks Lachie Weller and Connor Blakely.
DELUCA vs. DELUCA
The Deluca brothers won a premiership together in 2014 but could face each other on Saturday. Joshua Deluca burst onto the scene last year with his aggressive forward play and was subsequently drafted to the Fremantle Dockers in the off-season.
Chris Deluca has been working through injury over the off-season but made a strong comeback in the reserves last week. Deluca could be a chance to return to a league side looking for extra grunt; and add another chapter to the brother’s story.
MADUT’S BIG CHALLENGE
Subi’s young ruckman Dave Madut is growing leaps and bounds in 2015 but will face one of his biggest challenges against the experience of Peel. AFL stalwart Jon Griffin will be a hard task for the 22 year old as he hits form for the Thunder. Griffin is averaging 30+ hit-outs and provides a constant threat in the forward line.
This weekend all WA footballers, coaches, runners and volunteers from Year Eight and onwards will wear blue armbands to promote the importance of mental health and wellbeing and raise awareness about suicide prevention.
QBE Man Of The Match is available every WAFL round this year and the Subiaco Football Club are giving away signed guernseys every week. Check out qbeinsured.com/lionsmotm for details.