SFC 2015: Round 18 Preview
Friday, 24 July 2015
It will be the classic tale of first vs. last on Saturday as the Demons visit Medibank Stadium
Subiaco will be wary of the WAFL cellar dwellers as they look to build momentum into finals football. Perth gave Subi relentless fight in Round Seven at Lathlain Park and held the Lions to 63 points.
The Lions have been travelling well winning four of their last five games; cruising to a table topping record of 12-2. A frustrating loss to West Perth three weeks ago has seemingly re-vitalised the Lions who have re-gained their early season hunger.
Perth has lost their last five games and continues to struggle in a highly competitive WAFL season. The Demons have shown promise under Earl Spalding but have only managed one win on the season. The statistics don’t bode well for the Demons but they don’t tell the full story. The red and black will be ready to fight come Saturday.
Subi could have four premiership players set to return against the Demons, which will provide a major boost. Bill Fetherstonhaugh, Darren Rumble, Wayde Twomey, Chris Deluca and Matt Boland are all possible inclusions. Youngster Greg Clark is also a possibility to make his league debut.
Perth’s young squad pushed 2014 runners up East Perth last week before fading in the last quarter. They possess elite ball-winners in Aidan Tropiano and Liam McKenna and have enjoyed the return of Brennan Stack who kicked two goals against the Royals.
ON THE BILLINGS
Rugged defender Chris Billings had a field day the last time the sides’ met.Billings is a key part of a growing Demons squad and will line up against the Lions after his tribunal case against Craig Wulff (East Perth) was dismissed. The defender took 11 marks against Subi in Round Seven.
Subiaco will look to get first hands in the ruck as Perth enter the Round 18 fixture under-manned in the height department. The Lions have a handful of options including Jordan Bestry, Dave Madut and Clancy Wheeler. East Perth duo Paul Johnson and Fraser Mcinnes dominated the hit-out tally 59-6 against the Demons Dave Johnston and Brent Latch last week. Subi will be looking to gain similar ascendancy.
HOME SWEET HOME
Subiaco don’t mind playing the Demons at Medibank Stadium. The Lions have won eight of the last ten against Perth at their Leederville home dating back to 2006. The last time the Dees got on top of Subi at Medibank was Round Nine 2013 by 25 points. Brennan Stack was the leading goal-kicker in that encounter with six.