Colts Monthly Review - April

Written by Michael Barr
Kyal Halligan who has been a rising start for the Lions runs down the wing vs East Perth ©Doc Fethers

The month of April witnessed the Colts increase their intensity on game-day, despite only winning one game, the Lions lost by less than ten points in all defeats. 

The young team took the challenge to the league leading East Fremantle Sharks in round four going down by nine points in a nail-biter at Medibank Stadium. This was followed by a narrow six point loss to the Perth Demons a week later, the month finally topped off with the Colts first long awaited win, a 55 point win against co-tenants East Perth.

A strong improvement on four quarter effort has seen the Lions keep close to their opponents in recent games, cutting out the tendency for late game fade-outs which were evident earlier in the season. This could be put down to Armstrong’s effort based selection method has seen the birth of a new found competition for spots on game-day.

I wouldn’t be surprised if 17 year old Dominic Sheed is in hospital for leather poisoning, after a handful of key performances in April has him on top of the Lions possession getters. His knack for finding the footy is joined by his excellent disposal, emphasised by his 27 disposals and two goals against East Perth in the first win of the season.

James Garcia has been impressive after five rounds of the season. A consistent ball-getter and smart player, Garcia’s ability to read the play has seen him win a lot of crucial contested ball for the Lions. His knack of popping up for a goal has also been important.

You can’t deny Mitch Harvie’s effort around the contested ball. Harvie has proven himself as a hard-going in-and-under midfielder this season and a valuable asset to Armstrong’s arsenal. One of his stand-out features is his willingness to work hard when the chips are down, highlighted during Subiaco’s 80 point drumming at the hands of South Fremantle in round three where Harvie worked tirelessly all day.

(From L to R) Dominic Sheed, James Garcia & Mitch Harvie ©Doc Fethers
Although inconsistent at times Kyle Halligan has proven himself as a quality player when on song. A feature of the wingers play has been his quality disposal and ability to kick crucial goals. The highlight of April being his 25 disposal performance in round 5, Watch Halligan to turn it on in May.

A player on the horizon of playing senior football could be half-back, Kobie Somers, who has been a strong leader for the Colts and has a frame to compete at senior level. Somers has a good footy brain and resembles Lions league Captain Aidan Parker with his ability to read the play and rebound off the back-line.
Kobie Sommers breaks free from East Perth ©Doc Fethers
A couple of players have been battling injury in the month of April, the most devastating being the torn MCL of key goal-kicker Cameron Smith. After seemingly damaging it in the loss to South Fremantle in round three, Smith was cleared to play after the bye-week against East Fremantle, agonisingly tearing his knee ligament after kicking four goals.

The Lions will look to back up their first win of the season against the Claremont Tigers this Saturday at Medibank Stadium.



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