Lions Chase Royal Flush
- Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Five wins in a row?
Subiaco haven’t been able to achieve the feat since its barnstorming finish to season 2011 which, after 12 wins, ended in a loss to Claremont in the WAFL Grand Final.
East Perth are coming off a 100 point thumping from arch rival West Perth and could have their squad boosted if the likes of Darren Glass and Callum Sinclair do not return to AFL duties from lay offs.
Jarrad Schofield will have his players preparing for this game as if it were a final and with good reason.
A win over the second placed Royals will open up a two game buffer over the pre-season premiership favourites.
Depth is the key to any successful season and this week will see Subiaco reach into their star-studded reserves side to plug some likely injury woes.
A number of changes to the senior side could mean an opportunity for Rhett Kerr, Charlie LeFanu, Rhys Blechynden Simon Moore, Dylan Clarke, Joseph Scafidi and a number of other players who have been performing strongly in the ladder leading reserves side.
Andrew McDougall has overcome a knee injury and after a successful run in the reserves last week (23 disposals, 19 hit outs and a goal) and is likely to be named to counter East Perth’s abundance of talls.
TOP OF THE LADDER- Subiaco’s League and Reserves sides are both sitting on top of the ladder and East Perth’s League and Reserves sides are both sitting in a close second place.
INJURY CONCERNS- Brett Mahoney (concussion) Hayden Kennedy (shoulder) Josh Deluca (hamstring) and Abe Davey (knee) were all feeling sorry for themselves following a bruising encounter with Peel Thunder last weekend.
While Mahoney will have to pass a fitness test, Kennedy and Deluca appear to be sidelined.
On the other side of the coin Skipper Kyal Horsley got through unscathed in his first hit out for 12 months.
ANZAC SPIRIT- This year the Andrew Christie Cup will be award to the Subiaco player who best exemplifies the legendary qualities of the first ANZACs including courage, perseverance, fairness, leadership, selflessness, humour and dedication to the team.
DERBY DAMAGE- East Perth’s 100 point loss to West Perth last week was the biggest loss in derby history. Fans can expect a very proud East Perth Football club to bounce back swiftly and the players will be measured on how well they respond.