Priddis returns as 16's learn

Written: Michael Barr   |   Photo: Subiaco FC

With the 16’s development fixtures just around the corner; the Subiaco Football Club are taking every measure to be competitive

Under the watchful guidance of Development Officer Jeff Lind and head coach John Batten the refined 16’s squad are primed to take on the rest of the WAFL in 2014.

The junior ranks of the Lions are brimming with talent which PDO Jeff Lind is extremely excited to curate.

“It’s very exciting to see this new wave of players coming through and we’ve reached a point to where our system is working efficiently,” said Lind

“This group has a good balance, there aren’t any super tall players but there’s a lot of players who are in the 183-187 cm height range.  This type of player is important because they’ve got the size to play multiple positions.”

Lind also noted there’s major emphasis on teaching the young players how to become Subiaco footballers.

“It’s very important to teach them how to become a Subiaco player but to also give them an education on a whole range of things.”

“We offer them a good sound education of the game and how to play in the Subiaco system along with education off-field in regards to respect, responsibility and leadership.”

A former Subiaco star who embodies these concepts is Matt Priddis who was a highlight of the recent 16’s camp.

The West Coast Eagles Premiership player addressed the group; focusing on what it takes to become a good footballer and achieve the best from your strengths.

“Matt Priddis’ talk was extremely motivational and insightful. He shared his journey with these young players and made emphasis of focusing on your strengths. Matt acknowledged he wasn’t the fastest player in the AFL so he made sure that his ball handling skills and nutrition was top notch to maintain a high standard.” Said Lind

With the WAFL Development fixtures beginning with West Perth on Saturday March 15th the 16’s squad are set to begin regular training rotations.  

“The 16’s will begin training this week which will closely mirror what the Colts are doing just on a smaller scale. We’ve developed a new hand book in correlation with Jarrad Schofield to make sure what were teaching is consistent throughout all the grades, because at this introductory level it’s important to imbed the Subiaco style of football.” start to learn the Subiaco style of football.


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