PREVIEW: Round 16 at Perth
Thursday, 07 July 2016
The Lions will have to dig deep on Saturday as they face the resurgent Demons at Lathlain Park for NAIDOC Round.
Both sides are coming off wins with Subiaco defeating Swan Districts by 34 points at Medibank Stadium and the Demons outlasting Claremont by four points at the Showgrounds.
The Lions are looking to keep a four game winning streak going whilst the Demons are aiming for their third in a row.
Subiaco have a few key players out and the 7th placed Dees will be hungry to claim a big scalp.Key utility Lachlan Delahunty has missed the last month and will be joined on the sideline by Kyal Horsley (leg), Leigh Kitchin (suspension) and Wayde Twomey (suspension) this weekend.
The Lions will be confident they have enough depth, despite missing two of their best midfielders in Horsley and Kitchin and halfback Wayde Twomey. Max Walters, Ryan Wade, Matt Bogensperger and Daniel Leishman have all been in form for the reserves and could come into the equation.
Perth has shown the ability to compete over the last month and like to start their momentum from the clearances. This all starts from the inside work of Aidan Tropiano and Clinton Jones who were instrumental in their win against the Tigers.
Subi’s defensive midfielders will have to limit Tropiano and Jones’ ability to get clean disposal away. First use of the ball will be paramount.
The last time the two sides met was in Round 4 of the 2016 season with Subiaco powering to a 50 point win over the Demons at Medibank Stadium.
Oddly enough both sides had an equal amount of scoring shots with 23, but Subi’s straight kicking heralded in a half century win.
SATURDAY JULY 9
Coastal Titans: 5:15pm
PERTH HAVE DEMONS
Perth won’t remember the last few years against the Subiaco Football Club fondly. The Lions have won the last seven straight over the Dees by an average of 64.42 points. To beat this curse, Perth will have to win three games in a row, which will be the first time since 2013.
EXTINGUISH THE FORWARDS
One of Perth’s biggest weaknesses is their lack of true goal-kickers. The Demons kicked 4.19 against Subiaco last time and 10.16 against Claremont last week. Subiaco’s well-drilled defence led by Jordan Lockyer and Greg Broughton should be well prepared to negate the Demons under-stocked forward line this week.
The West Australian Football League, in partnership with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Department of Sport and Recreation, will celebrate the significance of Aboriginal players when WAFL NAIDOC Round is held this Saturday, July 9.
All WAFL clubs playing in the Round will wear uniforms designed by local Aboriginal artists to represent the heritage of the clubs and their Aboriginal players
Q. How many players of Indigenous heritage are on Subiaco’s list?
A. 9. Adam Cockie, Liam Ryan, Shaquille Mckenzie, Hayden Yarran, Marlon Johns, Shannon Nelson, Jay Allison-Green, Josh Hatch & Jeremy Woodley. < HIGHLIGHT ANSWER