SFC 2017: Pre-Season v Swan Districts
- Sunday, 26 February 2017
The two sides came into the pre-season game hoping to get a gauge of their ability and the Lions comprehensively came out on top with a fast, slick style of game. Subi sharpshooter Liam Ryan made AFL selectors look silly with eight goals against the Swans.
Subi fielded a strong team starring key midfielders Chris Phelan, Craig Hoskins, Leigh Kitchin & captain Kyal Horsley. The biggest omissions were Adam Cockie, Clancy Wheeler & Corey Adamson.
Eight of Subiaco’s off-season recruits donned the maroon and gold for the first time and they all had their moments in the game. Bailey Matera played on the wing and displayed real speed and a deadly left boot. Big forward Dylan Nelson played his role to a tee, Angus Litherland patrolled the half back line and played fearlessly & Craig Parry played deep in defence.
The Lions have also found another promising ruck prospect with Damon Guiness taking most of the taps against the Swans. Equally as promising was the look of Rowen Powell who showed amazing speed and skill for a key tall.
Subiaco also welcomed Daniel Perkins, Michael Braut, Reid Polak & Justin Joyce to the fold. It will be interesting to see how this team progresses between now and March 18.
Swan Districts opened up the scoring with a set shot in the first five minutes. The hot conditions stagnated play until Subi’s high flying forward Liam Ryan got on the end of his first major. Subiaco piled on two more before the break to hold a eight point lead.
Off-season recruit Rowen Powell got his first goal in Subiaco colours with a well hit set shot from beyond 50. Despite having numerous new faces the Lions started to move the ball with speed and precision in the second quarter and it split the Swans defence open.
The Swan Districts wouldn’t relent however and managed to reply every time Subi threatened to break away. The difference was a single goal before a strong stretch at the back end of the second quarter had the Lions up by 18.
The last quarter started sluggish but ended with a bang for Subiaco. Three more goals were added by Ryan and the Swans were buried by 60 points.