SFC 2016: Preview RD 5
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Subiaco travel East on the weekend to battle Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval in Round Five.
The Lions leapt South Fremantle to the top of the ladder after a comprehensive 50 point win over Perth last weekend and they don’t look like slowing down.
Swan Districts have had a horror start to the season, losing the first three games and a host of key players; but displayed fight against Claremont last week with a six-point comeback win.
Subi will be without the services of premiership defender Hayden Kennedy this week after injuring his foot against the Demons. Football Manager Daniel Vidovich is hoping to get the young defender back after the bye in Round Six.
“Hayden will definitely be out this week and maybe more depending on the severity of his injury. There was a bit of swelling around his foot so we had to be patient with the scans. He’s a big loss and it's unlucky because he was in good form, but we have to focus on Swan Districts now.” Said Vidovich
Greg Broughton is named and could fill the space left by Kennedy and goal kicking spearhead Kyle Halligan is also expected to return against the Swans.
Hamish Shepheard will undoubtedly get extra attention from the Swans after kicking five goals last week. Shepheard is likely to be guarded by Swans captain Tallan Ames who blanketed Claremont’s Beau Maister last week
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Swan Districts got over the Tigers last week despite losing every statistical category, but the one that counts. The Swans conversion accuracy of 72.2 was the deciding factor as they over-ran Claremont 13.5 (83) to 10.17 (77).
The Black and White’s have been mired for their offensive efforts in the first few weeks of the season but came good when it mattered against the Tigers. Subiaco will have to keep a close eye on young Swan Ricky Cary who kicked three and sits tied 4th in the league’s goal kicking.
Subiaco’s midfield continue to give them a powerful edge with the group humming after Round Four. The combinations of captain Kyal Horsley, Leigh Kitchin, Chris Phelan, Brett Mahoney and Adam Cockie around the ball have proven dominant. The on-ballers have developed a trusting rapport with rucks Lachlan Delahunty and Clancy Wheeler and they will look to expose Swan Districts through the corridor on Sunday.
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