Rd 7: ANZAC Match Preview

Chris Waterman addresses his troops. Photo courtesy of Cam Wedemeyer - Subiaco FC/ twenty5six photography. 

Medibank Stadium
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 4:30PM
Head to Head
Played:315   Subiaco: 134      East Perth: 180        Draws: 2
At Medibank Stadium
Played:29     Subiaco: 18   East Perth: 11
Last Meeting – Round 21, 2011 at Medibank Stadium
Subiaco 18.12 (120) def. East Perth 8.12 (60)


SUBIACO will be aiming to channel the ANZAC spirit when they face co-tenant East Perth on Saturday.

After a disappointing loss to Perth in round six Coach Chris Waterman has called for greater accountability and willingness to work for one another from his team.

In the annual ANZAC clash Subiaco will be coming off their first loss of the season while the Royals had a tight four-point win over East Fremantle.

Last year’s Christie medalist, Chris Phelan, said Subiaco wasted a chance last weekend but have the opportunity to make amends in round seven.

“It’s a huge game for us obviously dropping one to Perth in a game that could have put us a couple games clear on top, now we’re back in the pack,” he said.

“We’ve got four games until the bye, it would be good to go in with a few more wins.”

“Our accountability wasn’t great and we’ve got to work on that and our ball movement inside-50 we haven’t really been giving the forwards down there a chance so we’re really working on that this week.”

The Lions skill errors an area of concern for the coaching staff since sloppy showings against Port Adelaide in the Foxtel Cup and then East Fremantle and Perth since returning from South Australia. 

A dream start to the season for the Lions is at the cross roads with two hard matches coming up against East Perth and reigning Premiers Claremont.

Subiaco delivered a round 21 shellacking of East Perth last year as part of their late season surge towards the Grand Final but the Royals have a number of new recruits in 2012 and are predicted by many as a vast improver.

Phelan said the Royals game style would provide the Lions a second chance due to its similarities to Perth’s.

“They’re a lot like Perth in a way they like to get numbers back, keep possession, switch it from half back and try and damage you that way so we’ll trying to avoid kicking it long to that centre-half forward area just to try and get it over there zoning players.”

“We played them in pre-season, they’re going okay at the moment they just went down to Claremont who were the premiership side last season and had a good win last week.”

Subiaco will again be sweating on a number of injury concerns ahead of the clash with several senior players hopeful of making a return.

Team selections will be released at 8pm on Thursday night.

Bounce down for the annual ANZAC clash will be at 4.30pm, the colts and reserves fixtures timeslots swapper with reserves at 11.30am and colts at 2pm.


Game Details:
Subiaco vs East Perth
Date: April 28th
Bounce down: 4:30pm
Venue: Medibank Stadium

The Day includes:
-Before the match Subiaco will host an ANZAC match on field and encourage all kids and family members wearing family medals to participate.
-Special pre-game activites in celebration of ANZAC Day
-Special Half-time activities for kids including the Phoenix Holden Boot Challenge
-Lots of giveaways

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