SFC 2015: Round 20 Preview
Thursday, 06 August 2015
Subi have a finals dress rehearsal on the weekend as they face a hungry Swan Districts at Steel Blue.
The Swans loss to fellow finals contenders Claremont last week saw them slump to sixth position and a game out of finals contention. With four games to go the Swan Districts will be desperate to leverage themselves up the ladder.
Subiaco are travelling well but will have to be on guard to continue their dominant season. The Lions have won 12 of their last 13 games and have all but mathematically sewn up the minor premiership in 2015. Subi win against the Swans on the weekend and they can book a first round bye in the finals.
The biggest battle in this Round 20 clash will come in the back-line for the Lions. Swan Districts have exciting youngster Ricky Cary who continues to grow in stature. Cary gathered 17 disposals and kicked three goals against the Tigers last week. Subi will also have to keep a close eye on speedster Rudy Riddoch and the versatile Matthew Rogers.
The Lions should be able to find dominance around the stoppages with Jordan Bestry enjoying his time in the lead ruck role. Bestry will look to get the upper hand on fellow youngster Nathan Blakely and give his powerful midfield first hands.
Subiaco midfielder Sam Menegola has been averaging 29 disposals a game.
SPREAD THE LOAD
Both sides boast pretty balanced midfield groups which is re-iterated by the fact neither team has a player in the top ten ball winners in 2015.
Subiaco like to spread the load through their on-ballers Leigh Kitchin, Kyal Horsley and Chris Phelan and work it to their speedsters Brett Robinson, Scott Hancock and Sam Menegola.
The Swans have handy midfielders in Adam Faulkner, Aaron Elari and Matt Riggio. Faulkner is the Swans leading ball-winner in 2015 (13th overall) with 381 on the season. Chris Phelan is the Lions top midfielder with 385 disposals on the season (12th overall).
ON THE TOP
The Lions can undoubtedly clinch top spot this week with a win against Swan Districts and a West Perth loss to East Fremantle. Even if both sides win the Falcons are unable to catch the Lions. Subi have set up a first round finals bye after winning 12 of the last 13 and will look to get the best side on the park in the last month of the regular season.
Brett Robinson will play his first game at Steel Blue Oval since 2013; but this time it will be in different colours. Robinson joined good friend Wayde Twomey at Subiaco this year and will receive a bit of extra attention from the Swans faithful as he returns to Bassendean. Robinson and Twomey were both a part of the Swans 2010 premiership winning side.