The Unsung Heroes

                    Written by: Michael Barr                                                        Photo: Kim Johnson


After copping an earful of names like Declan Jackson, Michael Wood, Hayden Kennedy, Joshua Deluca and Rhys McAlister it’s time to pay some respect to the hard working players of the Lions Colts who don’t always get the credit they deserve. (albeit credit neglection being the journalists fault)

With a Lions squad so stacked with potential; it can be easy to overlook the players. But not this week as I unveil 2013’s unsung heroes part I.

ANDREW VAWSER
The midfielder leads by example for the Lions Colts; playing a hard-nosed defensive role. Vawser has speed to burn and can match it in the midfield. I haven’t seen a game where Vawser hasn’t given his 110%.

BEST GAME OF 2013: (ROUND 6 vs SOUTH FREMANTLE )
Vawser played an instrumental role in un-hinging old foe South Fremantle’s grasp on the win ratio against the Lions. After being beaten in every game against the Bulldogs in 2012; Vawser and the Lions trumped the home-side by 25 points. Vawser had 23 disposals and 11 marks in the game.

ANTOINE GARLETT
Garlett has a freaky amount of speed in his legs and is growing into a great contributor.


He’s produced some of his best footy in the last month with a place in the best’s column twice in the last three games a sign of his emergence. The 17 year old has great natural ability, and has potential to develop into a mercurial player.

BEST GAME OF 2013: (ROUND 14 vs WEST PERTH)
In a scrappy game skill-wise for the Lions, Garlett stood out with his decisiveness and decision making skills against the Falcons as they recorded a 47 point win. Garlett has started to hit his straps for the Lions recording 13 disposals and kicking a goal in the victorious trip to Arena Joondalup.

AARON SUMMERS
The Kingsway sourced winger is currently enjoying his best patch of football since arriving at the Lions. A player with good speed and the ability to break the lines; Summers has developed into a great transition player for coach Steve Armstrong. What most don’t know; is that Summers is also a gun cricketer, with commitments to the WACA development programs taking up most of his summer duties.

BEST GAME OF 2013: (ROUND 9 vs PERTH)
Summers domineered the wing against Perth proving a major presence in the Lions 37 point win. Steve Armstrong gave praise to the pacey midfielders’ decision making with eight effective kicks and a goal helping Subi to their fifth win of the season

JORDAN WEBSTER
Webster is now a senior member of the Lions Colts program and has the ability to play various roles. When introduced into the program, Webster was smaller in stature in comparison to a majority of Colts footballers, but held his own in a roving forward role. With a season under his belt and a lot of hard work, Steve Armstrong doesn’t hesitate to throw Webster in the middle, backline or up forward.

BEST GAME OF 2013 (ROUND 4 vs EAST FREMANTLE)
Webster was a shining light in Subiaco’s first loss of the season with 23 possessions, seven marks and three tackles in the midfield proving to be his most definitive game of 2013. After a slow start by the Lions, a midfield contingent led by Jordan Webster saw the Lions get within 11 points of the home-side, only to drop off in the last quarter. Steve Armstrong will be hoping for more displays like this one from Webster as the season matures.  

 

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