PREVIEW: Round 15 vs Swan Districts
- Thursday, 30 June 2016
The Lions will be heavy favourites to record a third straight victory against the last placed Swans but will be wary of complacency. Subi have lost two out of their last three home games and need to restore confidence at Medibank Stadium.
The Swans have only won two games this year but one of them was against an injury ravaged Peel side last week. Swan Districts jumped the undermanned Thunder side to win by 39 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium.
Subiaco and Swan Districts met in Round Five of the 2016 season with the Lions running out comfortable 39-point winners at Steel Blue Oval. The Lions may be missing their best player from that victory with Lachlan Delahunty sidelined.
Both teams have in form forwards with Subiaco’s Hamish Shepheard and Swan Districts Jak Cary amongst the goals in Round 14. Shepheard kicked two against the Tigers and is tied with Ben Saunders (SFFC) for leading goal-kicker with 31 this year. Cary kicked six against Peel as his season starts to heat up.
SLOW START HURTS
Subiaco had a slow start against Claremont’s in Round 14 but were good enough to get themselves out of it. The Tigers kicked five goals to one in the first quarter to test the Lions, but the reigning premiers responded with their biggest second quarter against Claremont in history, 8.3. Although Subi found a way out this time the Lions may not have that luxury against the savvier sides.
Elusive forward Liam Ryan continues to be a game changer for the Subiaco Lions. His aerial ability, elite skill and pressure has brought another element to Subiaco’s attack and Claremont didn’t have an answer for it last week. Swan Districts are spread lightly when it comes to small defenders so Ryan could be looking at a big game against the Swans.
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