Colts: May Review
- Thursday, 31 May 2012
The Colts backed up their rising form in April with further progress in May. Despite a tough schedule and a 1-4 record to begin with, the Lions took the challenge to the rest of the competition. The young guns narrowly lost to second placed Claremont after a brilliant second-half comeback and defeated Swan Districts and West Perth in succession by an average of 35 points.
Subiaco 11.10 (76) - 12.20 (92) Claremont
Swan Districts 11.9 (75) - 15.13 (103) Subiaco
Perth 5.9 (39) - 12.10 (82) Subiaco
Dave Madut's efforts so far in 2012 has seen him selected in the WA U18's squad
A taste of victory has spurred on the talented squad adding a new level of intensity and a good mix of role-players in the team.Possessions per goal has dramatically increased in May to 22.1 compared to 27 during the earlier portions of the season, joined by an increased goal kicking accuracy of 55% compared to 51% earlier in the season.
This could be due to a better spread of goal kickers across the board with Cody Grace, Jordan Webster and Dylan Clarke helping out leading goal-kicker Michael Wood.
The form of recent league call up Chris Deluca and ruckman Dave Madut has also been recognised, joining Dom Sheed in the Western Australian U18’s squad this month.
MAY’S STAND OUT PLAYERS
Continues to build on his impressive 2012 season with a solid performance during May. The winger maintained an average of 22 disposals a game, his best being a dominating 30 possessions and a goal against Swan Districts.
Wood has put his hand up as the primary goal-kicker for the Lions, kicking seven goals in the month of May. Although sometimes plagued with inaccuracy issues and the ability to disappear, the young forward has stepped his game up this month with an increased presence.
The ever industrious Garcia has continued his 2012 form in May and stands out as one of the Lions leading midfielders. Averaging 19 possessions on the season the 18 year old Sorrento-Duncraig product is proving he can be dangerous in the midfield and in the forward 50.
Cody Grace has had a meteoric rise into the Lions ranks this year, impressing State selectors with his efforts in Subiaco’s Under-16’s Excellence Program. The young goal kickers’ form saw him elevated to Colts level to play against East Perth in Round 6, where he booted two goals on debut. Grace definitely has a place in the team as he also plays a handy role in the midfield.
Chris Deluca has not only had a taste of league action this year, but also made an impact playing a goal-kicking role in the last three matches for the Lions. The robust goal sneak has proven he can match it with the bigger bodies and is looking two build on his average of two goals a game. Look for Deluca to make a bigger impact in following weeks
The Lions have managed to stay relatively healthy for the month of May with head coach Steve Armstrong using a broad range of players. Conditioning and fitness will play a major role in the second half of the season, and could well define the rest of the Lions rising year
The Colts embark on the second half of their two week break, preparing to continue their winning form against the Perth Demons at Medibank Stadium on the 9th of June.
Photography by Doc Fethers