Preview: Rd 22 vs East Perth - Mayor's Cup
- Thursday, 16 August 2012
Sat, 18 Aug 2012 2:10 PM
Head to Head
Played: 317 Subiaco: 135 East Perth: 181 Draws: 2
At Medibank Stadium
Played: 31 Subiaco: 19 East Perth: 12
Last Meeting – Round 15, 2012 at Medibank Stadium
East Perth 7.9 (51) def by. Subiaco 12.16 (88)
SUBIACO will be out to retain the Mayor's Cup when they take on East Perth at Medibank Stadium on Saturday.
The Mayor's Cup is an annual contest between the co-tenants of Medibank Stadium with the winner of the final match between the two sides crowned the annual holder.
The Lions won the Cup last year as part of their late season charge towards the finals.
While Subiaco are out this year's finals race they can still influence East Perth's chances if they were to upset the Royal's this weekend.
East Perth currently sit in fourth on 10 wins, two ahead of fifth-placed West Perth.
In a round of upsets East Perth went down to the Demons at Medibank Stadium last weekend while Subiaco upset traditional rival West Perth at Arena Joondalup.
The two teams share a split record in 2012. The Royals handed Subiaco there second defeat of the year when they beat them in round 7 but just six weeks ago in round 15 the Lions turned the tables and upset them by 37-points.
For Subiaco it's simply that – play as a team. When they have done that this season they have looked near unbeatable. Do the team things and make the team sacrifices and they will upset a more fancied opponent again.
With the season gone, there are still plenty of positives for Subiaco with youngsters being exposed to the WAFL. James Garcia, Dom Sheed and Joel Ashman have been used in the League team and there may be more to come.
Any number of Lions can provide the spark but lately it has been the forward combination of Jack Anthony and Blake Broadhurst. If these two can kick a bag again the Lions will likely retain the Mayor's Cup.
KEY MATCH UPS:
Darren Rumble vs Josh Smith
Smith kicked four goals in round 7 when Rumble was missing through illness. The former North Melbourne forward has proved a weapon for the Royal's in 2012 and they look to get the ball to him as much as possible.
Callum Sinclair & Clancy Wheeler vs Paul Johnson
Another former AFL recruit for East Perth Johnson has been dominant in the ruck for East Perth this year. In the same breath Sinclair and Wheeler are elite for Subiaco. Johnson is a bigger dominant body who dominates the hit outs where as Sinclair and Wheeler are more mobile ruckman who can rack up touches around the ground.
Reece Blechynden vs. Freddie Clutterbuck
Last time out between the co-tenants Blechynden was given the run with task on East Perth's best midfielder. Clutterbuck had 25 possessions and five inside 50s, however, Blechynden had 21 touches and 4 inside 50s of his own and neither player really dominated. Who will win this time?