Lions Learning To Growl
- Thursday, 19 July 2012
SUBIACO Colts coach Steven Armstrong says the Lions future looks bright on the back of his team’s performances in 2012.
After losing their first five games the Colts have won six of their last nine.
Six of the nine losses by three goals or less and three of them by less than a goal.
In their 14 games up until Round 18 the Colts have fielded 56 players with 40 of those having made their debut.
Of the 40 newcomers, 24 have come from the club’s metro zone, 11 from the country zones and five from other WAFL clubs.
Country players have formed the nucleus of the squad in 2012 with some 18 players hailing from country zones with five of those given the opportunity via a weekly permit.
Armstrong said he didn’t plan on using this many players at the start of the season but it has been a positive.
“Colts football is obviously all about developing footballers for the Subiaco Football Club,” he said.
"I didn’t think there’d be that many players used but you can’t really control that.
“You can’t help when you lose players and we’ve had that to both injury and state 18s and had to give 16 and 17 year olds a run but it’s not so much about their age but more that they are good smart footballers.
“With such a new group it took some time for the players to gel and then it wasn’t until their first couple of wins did the players feel like they belonged as part of the team. From that point on the improvement has been outstanding.
“The best thing about this group is that, early on in the year, they didn’t hang their heads in shame after the weekend. They would rock up to training on Monday knowing they had a chance to rectify it next week.”
A transition program has been put in place to allow senior Colts players to train with the senior group aiding the move to senior football.
So far 10 players have trained with seniors, with James Garcia, Mitch Harvie, William Fetherstonhaugh and Cameron Wohling being given an opportunity to play Reserves.
Chris Deluca played the first 6 games with the Colts this year and has also played league football in 2012.
Subiaco will be represented by three players at this year's State Schoolboys Carnival with Greg Clark, Abraham Kennedy and Ethan Burnett selected in the squad.
The State Schoolboys Carnival a national competition for 15-year-olds.
Clark, who is a 190cm key position player at 15 and plays his local football at Sorrento Duncraig Junior Football Club, will captain the team.
Fellow Subiaco product Kennedy will assist him as vice captain. Kennedy is a 185cm utility who attends Servite College and plays at Coolbinia Junior Football Club.
Hale School and Esperance country product Burnett already plays first team football for Hale at 15.