PREVIEW: Round 18 vs South Fremantle
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
The Lions are back in Round 18 and face 2016 premiership contenders South Fremantle at Medibank Stadium for QBE Day.
The Lions and Bulldogs have been the league front-runners so far this WAFL season and will be eager to create some breathing space for themselves on the ladder.
Subi are on top with a record of 11-4 but could be joined on top by South who have played one less game with a win loss tally 10-4
The return of Wayde Twomey and Leigh Kitchin from suspension could help the Lions secure a crucial top of the table win.
Kitchin’s leadership and ball-winning ability was missed against Perth and Twomey has proven a versatile asset in the 2016 game plan.
Young defender Greg Clark could also come into the selection fold after returning from injury for the reserves against Perth. Shaquille Mckenzie and Max Walters have also been in good form in the twos.
Despite being 1st & 2nd on the WAFL ladder both sides are coming off disappointing losses. A depleted Subiaco fell to Perth by 15 points in tough conditions at Lathlain Park whilst South Fremantle fell to Claremont by 31 points at home in Round 16.
Subi and South have only met once this season with the Lions claiming a 31-point win in Round Seven.
Both sides were undefeated at this point and Subiaco had to fight off a spirited comeback from the home side to stay un-beaten. Ben Sokol went on a rampage against his old side in this fixture kicking seven goals.
BOUNCE BACK LIONS
The Lions had a day they’d rather forget in Round 16. Subi only generated seven scoring chances for the entire game in wild conditions at Lathlain Park and will be looking to bounce back hard against the Bulldogs. The Lions will look to get the ball in the hands of Hamish Shepheard and Liam Ryan over the top. The Lions leading goal-kickers only had 20 touches and 1.2 between them against the Demons.
South Fremantle might still be without key player Ashton Hams but possess a well spread midfield. The likes of Shane Hockey, Tim Kelly and Blayne Wilson have been hot for the Bulldogs in the last month and present a real challenge. The fact South Fremantle doesn’t have a single player in the Top 20 disposal getters in the WAFL rankings suggest they like to spread the ball.
BACK IN CYAN
Subiaco are back in cyan for QBE Day. There will be food trucks, happy hour, competitions and a Pokemon Go hunt to to celebrate a 32-year collaboration with our principle partner QBE Insurance.
Q. What is Subiaco’s highest ever score against South Fremantle?
A. 33.9 (207) Round 23, 2010 Fremantle Oval < HIGHLIGHT ANSWER