SFC 2015: Round 14 Preview
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Subi face one of their biggest challenges of the year with an in-form West Perth looming at HBF Arena on Saturday.
The Lions have looked un-touchable on an eight game streak but the Falcons possess the talent to challenge their winning run.
West Perth have won four of their last five including an impressive performance against South Fremantle at HBF Arena last week.
The Joondalup based side have elite ball-winners Shane Nelson and Aaron Black who are both rated top five in the WAFL. This game could be decided by who wants the ball more; making captain Kyal Horsley’s return last week extremely valuable.
Subiaco have won their last eight with the only blemish of the season coming against East Perth in Round Three. Despite on-going injuries and exclusions Subi have maintained balance to sit atop the ladder after 11 games.
The most impressive feature of the Lions game has been their defence, who restricted Claremont to a lowly 5.8 and 13 scoring shots a week ago. The best thing about the defensive performance was the young guns standing up strong when they were needed.
Declan Jackson came in for the injured Darren Rumble at full-back making the average age of the Lions back six 22.6 against the Tigers.
The two sides met in Round Four with Subi prevailing by 17 points in a tight encounter. Jordan Lockyer was superb in the wet conditions against his former side and will be important again in containing goal-sharks Michael Lourey and Kody Manning.
Subi midfielder Chris Phelan moves the ball against the Falcons Photo: Flashflood
PLAYING WITH HEART
The Lions have completely bought into Jarrad Schofield’s culture and it’s showing on the field. Subi out-ran and out-hit the Tigers last week and will be looking to establish a physical presence against the Falcons early. Ruck-man Dave Madut has been a catalyst for the Lions physical play at stoppages, leading the side with 50 tackles on the season.
Scott Hancock has played every game since arriving at Medibank Stadium and on Saturday will knock up his 50th WAFL game. The winger has shown pure class since arriving at the club averaging 16.8 disposals a game and has been noted for his run and chase. Congrats on the milestone Handy.
INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL FESTIVAL
West Perth are hosting their annual “International Football Festival” to encourage everyone of different creeds and colours to attend Saturday’s match-up. There will be a kids zone, competitions, international food stalls and an on-site British pub so get down and enjoy the football at HBF Arena.
QBE MAN OF THE MATCH:
QBE Man Of The Match is available every WAFL round this year and the Subiaco Football Club are giving away signed guernseys every week. This is the last week to enter to win the Ultimate Lions Experience at next weeks QBE Day, so make sure you get your vote in to be in the running. Check out qbeinsured.com/lionsmotm for details.