PREVIEW: Round Six (2017) at Claremont
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Subiaco are on the road in Round Six as they take on Claremont at East Fremantle Oval.
The Lions and Tigers meet in Fremantle due to the re-development at the Claremont Showgrounds.
Subiaco (4-1) enter the game as slight favourites after a four game winning streak. The Lions narrowly overcame Perth before steamrolling through West Perth, Peel and East Perth.
Claremont (3-1) were on a dominant trail until the Bulldogs humbled them in Round Five. The Tigers could only manage two majors in a half of football as South Fremantle charged over them.
This game is bound to be one of the best in the young season. Both clubs possess fast and skilful players and the game could end up being about who kicks straighter.
MASSIVE MIDFIELD BATTLE
Both sides have elite midfields at the top of the WAFL standard. A mix of exciting youth and veteran experience make Claremont and Subiaco’s on-ballers some of the best in the business. The Tigers have a smaller sized unit with Jake Murphy, Thomas Ledger, Ian Richardson and Kiefer Yu all measuring under 179cms. These Tigers love to create space and expand, but will be without 2016 Sandover medallist Jye Bolton who was injured early last week.
Subiaco’s ball-winners have arguably been in their best form since the 2015 Premiership. Kyal Horsley continues to lead from the front and Chris Phelan and Leigh Kitchin have developed a fantastic rapport. Exciting youngster Max Walters has also been influential with the 20-year-old named in the WAFL Team of the Week for Round Five. Walters is also 14th in the league for disposals with 115.
The two most dangerous units in the Claremont forward line are Beau Maister and Tom Lee. The ex-AFL guns have combined for 18 goals (nine a piece) over their first four games. Schofield has a versatile range of defenders which are well and truly equipped to take on the Tigers guns.
YOUNG LIONS PLAY STRONG
The standard of play from Subiaco’s young talent has been exciting in 2017. Players like Rowen Powell, Liam Ryan, Ben Sokol, Bailey Matera, Braden Fimmano and Max Walters are in the fledgling moments of their careers but they are already playing years beyond their age. The young guns are bound to play a big role against Claremont and beyond.