Preview: Rd. 9 vs. Swan Districts
- Thursday, 10 May 2012
Steel Blue Oval
Sat, 12 May 2012 2:10 PM
Head to Head
Played: 226 Swan Districts: 100 Subiaco: 125 Draws: 1
At Steel Blue Oval
Played: 111 Swan Districts: 57 Subiaco: 53 Draws: 1
Last meeting – Round 18, 2011 at Medibank Stadium
Subiaco 20.19 (139) def Swan Districts 6.7 (43)
Subiaco midfielder Jason Bristow says that the Lions need to return to their high-pressure brand of football if they are to rediscover their early season form.
After four straight wins to start the season the Lions have had three straight losses on the trot.
Bristow said that if the side’s pressure increases so will their confidence and an improved performance would come.
“It’s just confidence with everything, confidence of our skills is a big one,” he said.
“I think there was a patch in the third quarter against Claremont when we started to get back into the game guys really started hitting up their targets again and it showed straight away. The boys started running, it’s a bit of a flow on effect you start hitting your skills, boys keep leading and things just flow on from there.
“We’re just not playing good footy for long enough, whether that’s the work rate or confidence. I guess during the week that’s what we’ve been trying to restore just getting guys to refocus in and do the work on the track to get ready for this weekend.”
Subiaco’s last regular season meeting against Swan Districts came as part of their charge towards the finals with a 96-point thumping.
But the Black Ducks defeated the Lions in the pre-season contest at Medibank Stadium.
The Lions recent run of losses to Perth, East Perth and Claremont by an average four goal margin.
“It’s been a pretty tough few weeks,” Bristow said.
“There’s no doubt we haven’t been able to put any good footy together for any period of time. We were good in periods against Claremont that got us back in the game but then they just ran all over us.
“I think it’s important that we get our structure back, I think we’ve lost a little bit of our structure. Guys have just lost a bit of confidence in themselves, it’s very much an individual thing about boys just getting themselves up and definitely as a team we need to come together and put a big effort together.”
Bristow expecting a good contest at Steel Blue Oval.
“It’s always a good contest against Swans, they’re generally a pretty quick side with a couple of good strong forwards.
Bouncedown is at 2:10pm with reserves at 11.40am.
Colts will be playing in the the Colts Super Round at East Fremantle Oval with an 11.30am bouncedown.
Team list to follow...