- Wednesday, 16 July 2014
The Subiaco Football Club have surpassed expectations in 2014 providing two of the strongest senior teams in the competition.
With a third place league side and a first place reserves side the Lions return to success has appeared meteoric; but an influx of young talent has been influential.
In 2013 the Colts were the only grade to make the finals for Subiaco with Steve Armstrong leading his side to fourth position and an elimination final win against Perth. Despite losing to Claremont in the preliminary final the players present in the 2013 Colts squad have made a dramatic impact on the Lions senior list.
Twelve players from the 2013 Colts side are now contributing to the senior list for the Subiaco Lions; with three making their mark at league level and one drafted to AFL.
Joshua Deluca, Hayden Kennedy and Joseph Scafidi have all been thrust into league action in 2014 and responded fantastically. Along with this Christopher Bryan, Declan Jackson, Jordan Bestry, Chris Wrigley, Andrew Vawser, Ryan Vermeersch, Connor Wilkinson, James Hughes and Jordan Webster are all contributing to the best reserves side in the competition and continue to grow as footballers.
Colts coach Steve Armstrong has been pleased with how his players have responded to senior football and puts the successful yield down to the system.
“As a coaching group our goal is to prepare the players for the next level. Every stage of the transition program is a big step up. The development program to Colts is big and the step from Colts to senior football is even bigger so it’s our job to help these players progress, said Armstrong
“It’s also helpful getting the younger players around the club leaders like Kyal Horsley, Darren Rumble and Andrew Mcdougall and help them usher in the next wave of 100+ game Subiaco footballers.”
In regards to a particular player from his 2013 Colts side standing out, Kalgoorlie’s Joseph Scafidi has impressed the West Coast Eagles Premiership Player.
“The biggest satisfaction I’ve got from a player playing senior football this year would have to be Joseph Scafidi. The fact he came down from Kalgoorlie worked so hard to get his body right and overcome his osteitis pubis was pleasing. He’s the kind of player that you know would make an impact once he was on top of his fitness and he made all the sacrifices you have to for senior football.” said Armstrong
Armstrong possesses an equally talented Colts list in 2014 with five players representing Western Australia at the State 18’s Nationals.
Despite a current lull in form for the Colts Army believes his side have some players who could make an impact at senior level in the near future.
“Watching Chris Bryan stepping up into reserves this year has been great. Once he puts on a bit of size and gets a bit more experience he has the potential. Ryan Vermeersch could also step right up with his size. A couple of others like Greg Clark or Max Walters also have the ability to make an impact at senior level in the near future despite the fact they have a year of Colts football left. We hope they can take the next step and follow a similar path to Joshua Deluca, Michael Wood and Hayden Kennedy.” Added Armstrong