SFC 2016: GF #132 Preview vs Peel
- Thursday, 22 September 2016
Subi could join East Fremantle, East Perth and Swan Districts in the double hat-trick club. Permitting a Subi victory; the Lions will have also claimed six premierships from eight attempts over the last 11 seasons.
With plenty of new faces set to feature for the Lions, this Grand Final has a brand new feel. At least 10 players are expected to play in their first WAFL Grand Final for Subiaco as coach Jarrad Schofield continues to trust in the youth.
Schofield will trust the selected players to combat the AFL experience and power of a Docker-loaded Peel side. The 2016 Thunder side hit their straps when several senior Fremantle players we’re dropped to the WAFL to find form.
AFL veterans such as Matt De Boer, Tendai Mzungu, Clancee Pearce and Nic Suban found themselves playing for Peel mid-season and developed incredible momentum as a team. With 17 Dockers lining up for Peel in the Preliminary Final thrashing of South Fremantle there’s no doubt the Thunder will be a handful.
Subiaco and Peel have met three times this year and have provided some of the most entertaining games of the year.
The last encounter displayed the true grit and character of this Subiaco side. Although the Lions were down by five goals at three quarter time, they orchestrated an incredible comeback to kick six goals to the Thunders’ zero in the last. Forwards Hamish Shepheard (4 goals) & Liam Ryan (4 goals) were instrumental in the 17-point comeback.
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Despite the Peel side being riddled with AFL talent the Lions will look to limit the effect of Blair Bell. Bell wasn’t in the Thunder side for Round One but kicked bags of three and five against Subiaco in Round 12 & 22. There’s no doubt the spread of ability in the Peel side provides opportunities for Bell and it will be a defensive team effort to make sure the delivery into the forward line is askew. Expect Aaron Heal or Joel Latham to get the job on Bell.
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