Title defence begins

Subiaco will kick their title defence off with a visit from Claremont this Saturday.

A healthy rivalry has developed against the “big cat” teams over the last decade perhaps starting with the Lions triumph over the Tigers in the 2007 WAFL premiership.

Since then the spoils have been held by Claremont 12-7 including two victories against the premiership Lions last year.

Both sides have undergone busy recruiting periods over the off-season, which will create some interesting match-ups around the ground.

Subiaco added AFL talent in the likes of returning youngster Michael Wood, winger Sam Menegola and halfback Jordan Lockyer whilst Claremont secured the services of Kepler Bradley, Tom Swift, Beau Maister and Perth forward Haydn Busher.

The two modern era heavyweights have also shown impressive outings in their pre-season fixtures. Subiaco took care of South Fremantle by 30 points in their first pre-season game before dismantling Perth by 104 in the second game.

Similarly Claremont eased past East Perth by 30 points before routing Peel by 114 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium.



With Andrew McDougall retiring after the Grand Final and Frank Stockley suffering an ACL injury in the pre-season many questions were poised around who could attend to the number one ruck role at Subiaco. 21-year-old Dave Madut looks likely to be that answer after starting both pre-season games with confidence and poise. Madut has been a long-term ruck project for the Subiaco Lions drafted from Kingsway AFC into the Colts system in 2012.

Claremont added some goal-kicking power with the additions of Haydn Busher (Perth), Beau Maister (St Kilda) and Kepler Bradley (Fremantle) but the surprising live wire has been 22-year-old Jackson Starcevich from Morningside. Starcevich relished in first team duties against Peel kicking five goals and could be a player to watch for the Lions. 
There’s only one Jason Bristow, and once the midfield magician decided to hang up the boots after claiming the Simpson Medal at the 2014 WAFL Grand Final Subiaco had a big challenge to replace the ball magnet. Enter Leigh Kitchin; another Victorian on-baller who joins the club with rave reviews from Frankston. Kitchin joins former Dolphins teammate Lachlan Delahunty and could provide that grunt in the centre for the Lions this year.  

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