Grover, Gum, Sinclair chance to return
- Thursday, 20 June 2013
The Subiaco Lions could welcome back as many as three of their most important players for this weekend’s clash against West Perth at Arena Joondalup.
Callum Sinclair has recovered from minor knee surgery and could provide a much-needed boost to Subiaco’s ruck stocks. The 23-year-old hasn’t played for Subiaco since being elevated to West Coast’s senior list in round 4.
Club favourite Antoni Grover is chance to line up for the Lions for the first time since round 24 last season, when he tallied 24 possessions in the Lions’ backline.
The 33-year-old, who notched up more than 200 AFL games at Fremantle, has impressed after two solid hit-outs in Subiaco’s reserves side where he kicked an impressive 5 goals.
Tristan Gum is another to return via the reserves, he was influential in the midfield during his two games and is pushing to make his senior debut for the Lions.
The 29-year-old was recruited during the off-season and starred during pre-season games before succumbing to an ankle injury that has kept him sidelined all year.
CROWDED ENGINE ROOM
Subiaco’s midfielder group will need to be at their very best against West Perth’s running brigade. Their midfield depth is undoubtedly their strength with Shane Nelson, Jay van Berlo, Andrew Strijk, Mark Hutchings, Luke Tedesco and Trent Manzone all gathering upward of twenty possessions in the Falcons 14 point win over East Fremantle last week.
BATTLE OF THE BIGS
West Perth ran with only one ruckman against East Fremantle and broke even in the hit outs but it could be a different story should Sinclair and David Madut both line up for Subiaco.
Chris Keunen and Frank Stockley are West Perth’s ruck option.
Sinclair is a proven goal kicker and can expect to see time in the forward line.
Lion George Hampson has tallied 61 disposals in the past two games and taken a remarkable 24 marks.
The 23-year-old is clearly enjoying swapping between the wing and down back.