Six Colts heading to State Academy
- Thursday, 15 May 2014
Subiaco have six players included in the 2014 WA U18’s State Academy with Greg Clark, Aaron Summers, Adam Creeper, Max Walters, Josh Deluca and Cody Grace named.
It’s the most players selected in the State side since 1996 where Subiaco had nine included and seven travelled to the carnival.
Paul Blair, Evan Hewitt, Phil McKenzie, Adam Lange, Todd Holmes, Mark Parriman, Chad Fletcher, Chris Isles and Tich Lange were apart of the state squad selected almost twenty years ago from a Colts side that was coincidentally coached by current Player Development Officer Jeff Lind.
The number serves as a good indicator to the current health of Subiaco’s developments systems, with coach Steve Armstrong taking his Colts from strength to strength throughout his three-year tenor.
The Lions Colts made the semi-final last year on the back of their league integrated game-plan and they look to be on a similar path in 2014 sitting third on the ladder with five wins and two losses.
Clark is an athletic midfielder that possesses an intense attack on the ball. Rarely loses a one on one contest and uses the ball extremely well. Was elevated from his last year of 16’s development and played Colts football because of his incredible work rate and mature size. Is versatile enough to play as an inside midfielder, winger or half forward.
Adam Creeper is an exciting tall prospect who has played most of his football in 2014 as a defender. Originally coined as a ruck-man in his first years as a Colt, Armstrong has often used him in defence this year with great effect. Creeper has great athleticism for a 194 cm player and often has a positive effect on marking contests.
Deluca exploded onto the scene last year in the midfield for the Colts averaging 19 disposals and a goal a game on his way to winning the Taylor medal for best Colts player. The 18 year old took another step this year selected in Jarrad Schofield’s Round One league side against South Fremantle. The lightning quick, hard tackling midfielder hasn’t looked back, starring alongside brother Chris in multiple league victories.
Grace is a well-built key position player who has the ability to take strong pack marks and dominate in the forward line. The 18 year old had a quick start to his Colts career in 2012 kicking 53 goals from 24 games since. Unfortunately injury has derailed the forward in the last two years with a back and now a knee injury sidelining Grace. After suffering a torn ACL at State 18’s training Grace is expected continue his involvement in a match day role with the State squad.
Summers is a pacey winger with a raking right boot. Often creates space and provides an outlet for the halfbacks with his incredible speed and carry. Summers has averaged 18 disposals a game this year playing this winger role amassing 22 inside 50 entries from five games. The Kingsway JFC product has also shown he can hurt the opposition on the scoreboard recording 20 goals from his 25 Colts games.
Walters is a tall midfielder with a fantastic ball winning skills and ability to read the play. Is often the first to the ball at centre clearances providing a key role for the Colts. Despite missing half of last season with a quadricep injury the midfielder polled third in the Colts best and fairest behind Josh Deluca and Connor Wilkinson. Has had a stagnant start to the season but showed what he was capable of in Round Two with 33 disposals and eight marks against East Fremantle.
We will provide updates on the boys preparations and performances for the State Nationals which are scheduled for May-July.