Six things we've learnt from the Colts
- Wednesday, 15 May 2013
ARTICLE: Michael Barr PHOTO: Kim Johnson Photography
1. Our development system is thriving
This year has proven the effectiveness of our development programs in providing players for the future. 11 graduates of last year’s 16’s Excellence Program have represented Subiaco this year at Colts level and have brought competitiveness to the Lions which see them sit at third on the ladder.
Players like Joshua Deluca, Tim Edwards and Max Walters are poster boys of our development system, emerging from the 16’s as determined footballers
2. Vermeersch is an exciting prospect
Ryan Vermeersch has burst onto the scene in 2013 with some sparkling performances in Subi’s forward line. The tall forward has the size to beat any defender in a contest but also has the athleticism to burst away from a tackler. Vermeersch has kicked 14 goals from six games this year including an impressive six goal haul against South Fremantle in round six. Has the right players and coaches around him to develop into a promising forward option for Subiaco.
3. When we win the clearances, we win the game
Although it sounds pretty straight forward; when the Colts win the clearances, they tend to win the games. Their four wins in 2013 have been directly related to getting first hands on the ball with midfielders Joshua Deluca, Connor Wilkinson and Max Walters playing crucial roles in the centre. With a forward line packed full of talent the ball usually gets locked in. It’s just a matter of getting it there.
4. Walters is enjoying his time in the sun
Max Walters has made a name for himself so far in 2013, leading the Colts in disposals with 116 from six games playing an important role in the centre. The 16 year old Walters has a lot of room to grow but his natural ability to mark overhead and hit a target on the run catch eyes on game-day.
5. Jackson makes a fantastic captain
I couldn’t have imagined a better fit for the Colts captaincy at the start of the year other than hard working full-back Declan Jackson. Leads from the front with his intensity and work ethic; the perfect role model for the younger Colts players. Apart from that, the big back man has also had an excellent start to 2013.
6. Accuracy is the answer
The Subiaco Colts currently have the best strike rate in the WAFL with a 60.83 accuracy rate in front of goal. This facet of Subiaco’s game have seen them contest and blow teams out of the water in the first six games, and will be the key to winning against the tougher teams like Claremont (49% accuracy), East Fremantle (46.71% accuracy) and South Fremantle (52.42% accuracy).
Michael Wood, Rhys McAlister, Cody Grace and Ryan Vermeersch are the focal points up forward for the Lions kicking 60 goals and only 20 behinds between them. This clinical effort in front of goals has them stand as one of the most lethal forward groups in Colts football.