Learn, Move On
- Tuesday, 09 September 2014
Subiaco coach Jarrad Schofield says Sunday’s 32 point second semi final loss to East Perth was a learning experience for more than half of his team who got their first taste of finals football.
The Lions trailed from start to finish in wet and windy conditions at Medibank Stadium.
East Perth’s first win against Subiaco this season booked them a spot in the grand final.
“I think they just out worked us, they were stronger over the footy, and out worked us both ways, we weren’t at our best in that area.” Schofield said.
“Our boys have to understand that we’re playing at a different level of intensity. We need to understand that it’s cut throat, there’s no second chances now, we’ve come up against a side that has taught us lesson about playing finals like football.”
Speaking less than 24 hours after the loss it’s clear the focus has already shifted, the coach says he refused to dwell on Sunday’s result except to highlight the positives.
“For 14 of our players who hadn’t played finals football, they got a good eye opener and hopefully they’ll learn from it, that’s the main thing.”
“We’ll stay positive, assess all the areas we need to improve on, and there are two that really stand out, other than that our boys should be up and about.”
“We’ve got a chance to redeem ourselves and we’ve got our reserves side in the grand final already, yes we didn’t perform at our best but we get another chance to get in there.”
On another positive the Lions emerged from the weekend with a clean bill of health, though Schofield hasn’t ruled out elevating a number of players from the club’s dominant reserves side.
The Lions’ reserves team stormed their way into the grand final with a 56 point thumping of West Perth.
“When you play so well you’ve got to have a look at a few boys that are playing in the reserves, guys like Elliot, Worthington, Halligan, Daniels, Stockley, Bogensperger Bryan, there’s probably a good 6 or 7 players we’ll look at.”
“We’ll look at the balance of the side and try and get the right mix to get a win.”
Subiaco will host East Fremantle at Medibank Stadium on Sunday for a spot in the WAFL grand final.