- Wednesday, 25 March 2015
As expected; Subiaco endured some teething pains throughout moments of their 45-point-win over Claremont but the fresh-faced Lions culminated for an important win.
Nine changes were featured in the Round One Lions side from the team that won the 2014 premiership. Out of those nine, five debuted with Schofield’s tradition of rapid personnel changeover continuing in his third year.
New recruits Jordan Lockyer, Scott Hancock and Leigh Kitchin made Round One debuts and all left significant marks on the game.
Lockyer hasn’t lost a touch of the class that saw him drafted to the AFL in 2011 with his decision making off halfback alongside Wayde Twomey helping Subiaco defend and rebound on numerous occasions.
Hancock provided energy and attack on the wings rarely losing a one-on-one battle and Victorian Leigh Kitchin was red hot in his first game as a Lion with 28 touches and a brilliant snap from the pocket. WATCH KITCH'S SNAP HERE
Subiaco debutants Jordan Lockyer (left) and Chris Bryan (right) Photo: SFC
Along with the added veterans Subiaco again trusted in young blood to absorb important roles similarly to last year. (see Joshua Deluca)
18-year-old Christopher Bryan had shown dazzling form in the pre-season fixtures against South Fremantle and Perth and earned his first league game against the Tigers.
Bryan heartedly rose to the occasion with his fight and dash off halfback surely giving the Subi faithful a look into the future. Bryan was a star for the Colts in 2014 before finishing the season strongly with the reserves.
Another youngster made his first appearance after transferring from South Fremantle with Braden Fimmano stepping up into the Lions first 22.
Fimmano had a solid season for the Bulldogs reserves last year and made the decision to commit to the maroon and gold in 2015. The versatile midfielder possesses a first class kick and great decision-making ability.
With players like Matthew Boland, Chris Deluca and Sam Menegola returning to health and options like Kyle Halligan and Brett Robinson becoming available it’s hard to predict who will flow in and out of the side in the coming weeks.
But it’s a dilemma the Subiaco Lions and head coach Jarrad Schofield are happy to have.