SFC 2016: Preview Round One
- Thursday, 17 March 2016
This could mean some of Fremantle’s best guns lining up against Subiaco on Saturday. The Lions will have to be ready for the challenge.
A crucial battle will take place in the midfield and Subi’s Leigh Kitchin, Kyal Horsley, Scott Hancock, Brett Mahoney and Chris Phelan will need to take advantage of their experience over the younger Peel side.
The Thunder is brimming with young talented ball winners such as Connor Blakely, Lachie Weller and Ed Langdon. But they are still developing. The Lions will have to use their seniority to get on top of the Thunder engine room.
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THE BIG STICKS
A reasonable amount of speculation has been circulating around Subiaco’s forward line with the loss of Shane Yarran, Matt Boland and Chris Deluca.
Head coach Jarrad Schofield re-iterated his confidence in his side’s ability to score at Wednesday’s WAFL press conference.
“Losing Shane Yarran to Fremantle and Matt Boland leaves big shoes to fill but we’re excited to expose the younger players and encourage them to step up,
“We still have a very competitive forward line. Young Kyle Halligan kicked 30+ goals last year and we’ve brought in Ben Sokol from South Fremantle who kicked 50+ goals in the two’s. (And five in both pre-season games),
“We know what our key performance indicators are and it’s just a matter of getting it right. It will be up to the group collectively to step up.” Said Schofield
THE BALLANTYNE WING
Fremantle goal magnet Hayden Ballantyne could play at his home ground Bendigo Bank Stadium for the first time since 2009. The Lions will have to keep an eye on the 2008 Sandover Medalist.
If you’re planning on making an outing of Saturday make sure you check out the Channel 7 Mandurah Crabfest.