Lions season on the line
- Thursday, 28 June 2012
Sat, 30 Jun 2012 2:10PM
Head to Head
Played: 316 East Perth: 181 Subiaco: 134 Draws: 2
At Medibank Stadium
Played: 30 East Perth: 12 Subiaco: 18
Last meeting – Round 7, 2012 at Medibank Stadium
Subiaco 5.5 (35) def by. East Perth 9.12 (66)
SUBIACO’s season will go on the line when they face East Perth at Medibank Stadium on Saturday.
The Lions looked to have breathed fresh life into their 2012 campaign when they led Claremont by 40 points at the 15-minute mark of the third term a week after beating East Fremantle.
However, the ensuing fade out has left Subiaco three wins and percentage outside the top four.
Utility Rhett Kerr said the team was looking forward to redemption this weekend.
“We’re all pretty flat about how last week turned out and pretty keen to make amends for the slow finish,” said Kerr.
East Perth, who sit second on eights wins and a draw, lost last week’s top of the table clash with Swan Districts by 27 points.
The Royals defeated the Lions 9.12 (66) to 5.5 (35) when the co-tenants met in a rain-soaked ANZAC Day match back in round seven.
Kerr said there were positives to take from that match.
“We’ll we were in that game for three quarters we just let it slip in the first quarter,” he said.
“We’ll put a pretty high emphasis on the first quarter and try and get off to a good start and hopefully carry it through and run it out for four quarters, which we haven’t been able to do for the past few weeks.”
“They’ve got a pretty handy midfield, they’ve got some good experience in there and they’ve got a key forward that they can build there game around.”
“It’ll be pretty important to get on top through the middle on top of Moss, Swan and Wolf and try and get on top of them there and gain some ascendancy.”
Subiaco’s pressure football the driving force behind their first half domination of Claremont and its second half-drop off what allowed the Tigers back into the game.
Something Kerr said needs to be turned around.
“It’s all about contested ball and basically just getting back to doing the team things, which we were doing last year and at the start of this year but have probably gone away from that.”
“It’s really just about team footy, blocks, sheppards, tackles, just all of the one percenters and hopefully the performance flows from there.
Bounce down for Colts is at 9.10am, Reserves, 11.40am and League 2.10pm.
The game will be played at Medibank Stadium but is an East Perth home game.