Jackson returns, as Colts eye Swans

                   Written by: Michael Barr                                        Photo: Kim Johnson Photography

 

The Subiaco Colts will be looking to revamp their 2013 season after consecutive losses to Claremont and South Fremantle.

After a fast start; winning six of their first eight; the Colts hit a mid-season slump against two of the best teams in the competition.


The sixth placed Swan Districts could be the perfect opportunity to re-invigorate the young Lions though; with a 59 point win against the club fresh in their minds.

Senior midfielder Joshua Deluca was prominent in the round ten rout of the Swans with 22 disposals and three goals.

Head Coach Steve Armstrong will be hoping for a similar performance from Deluca; but will be looking for a string of players around the prospect to stand up and contribute.

One of these players could be the returning captain Declan Jackson; who is set to play for the Colts after a four week foray into senior football.

Jackson was elevated into the Lions reserves after a successful run in Subiaco’s transition system; which allows Colts players to train and learn from the senior system.

BARR’S GAME CHANGERS:

THE LIONS DEN:
The younger WAFL teams have found it hard to beat the Lions at Medibank Stadium in 2013, with the Lions averaging 64 point wins on their home turf. The Swan districts were completely shut down offensively by the Lions high pressure defense in round ten, and the return of captain Declan Jackson is only going to improve this element of Subi’s game.  

MCALISTER; LONE RANGER:
Rhys McAlister’s effort in front of goal has been admirable; but the young gun needs some players around him to pitch in. Five goals against South Fremantle last week was a shining light amongst an inaccurate Lions forward line; but the coaching staff will surely be looking for a helping hand on Saturday if they are to beat the Swans.

TRANSITION SYSTEM:
Subiaco’s transition system is in place to let some of the Colts brightest talents run with the seniors during their development. The first batch of elevated footballers uncovered key forward Michael Wood; who’s kicked eight goals from four games in a growing league side.

This time; Corey Buscall, Christopher Bryan, Rhys McAlister and Jordan Bestry have been chosen to train with the seniors; with key position player Bestry already likely to make his senior debut against the Swans on Saturday.

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