Mid-Year Report Card
- Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Subiaco will be hoping they can move from the dark into the light in the second half of the season. PHOTO: Cam Wedemeyer. SUBIACO FC / twenty5six.com
SUBIACO may find themselves mid-way through the season with a 4-5 record, but that is still substantially better than the 3-6 record they held at the same stage last season – A season that still reared a grand final appearance.
Next four:Perth, East Fremantle, Claremont, East Perth.
In a nutshell: Subiaco haven’t played their best football so far in 2012. Their early season form, while not great, was winning form and they were finding a way to win. Over the past month the lost of senior players to injury has cruelled their performance.
Where is improvement needed?
The Lions will benefit significantly as their senior players begin to return from injury. So too will the reserves who struggle in a knock-on effect when the league team is depleted. But Waterman said some players have also been battling form and would be looking for them to turn it around.“Realistically on top of our young blokes along with the depletion we’ve probably had another three or four really struggling with form so we need to see improvement from those guys.”
What's gone right?
Waterman summed it up by saying:“Four wins in the first four weeks that’s about it.”
What’s gone wrong?
No club likes to make excuses about injuries but it hasn’t helped so far in 2012 particularly to senior players. When Subiaco lost seven experienced players at the end of 2011 it was going to need all the experience it held on the list to put together another premiership tilt. Injuries to Ben Randall, Darren Rumble, Des Headland, Reece Blechynden, new recruit Nathan Phillips have disrupted the flow of the Lions season.
Star performers: A+
Callum Sinclair: Has proven himself to be an elite player in the competition. Playing both across half forward and in the ruck, Sinclair has kicked 18 goals and had 56 hitouts in the first nine games.
Kane Bloxsidge: An unassuming ball winner in Subiaco’s midfield, Bloxsidge goes about his work without much fanfare but has averaged just under 20 touches a game.
Aidan Parker: Skipper Aidan Parker continues to lead from the front and has been one of the Lions highest possession winners from deep in defense. Averaging 24 possessions and seven marks a game, Parker’s opponent has rarely had any influence on the game. His strong leadership for this young Lions team is also important.
The future: Is bright with the young players pushing through. The first half of the season has seen some solid performances from players like Myles Smythe, Mathew Cullen and Rhys Waters.
Key month: The next month will decide which direction the Lions season takes. They face a number of winnable fixtures as well as a couple of tough ones. If they can perform well over the next month the finals again become a real possibility, fail to do so and it becomes a long way back.
Blessing in disguise: Being knocked out of the FOXTEL Cup, while disappointing, might prove a blessing in disguise. It is a long WAFL season and the bye weeks become increasingly important rest periods for players who inevitably carry injuries in the second half of the season. It may be an advantage the Lions hold over rivals West Perth and Claremont who remain in the competition.