Scafidi Impressive on Debut
- Thursday, 05 June 2014
Joe Scafidi admits he was nervous prior to making his WAFL debut against Claremont in the WA Day showdown.
Lions coach Jarrad Schofield added the 19-year-old to the Subiaco midfield that went head to head with a star studded Claremont line-up that included the likes of Sandover Medalist Luke Blackwell, former Docker Andrew Foster and former Eagle Ryan Neates.
“It was pretty nerve racking but every one aims to play league footy so it pretty exciting just to be picked.” Scafidi said
He gathered 17 disposals in the Lions’ 9 point loss at Claremont Show Grounds.
“Going up against some good players it was good experience, learning a bit from where they position themselves at stoppages so it was a good learning curve” Scafidi said.
Originaly from Mines Rovers in Kalgoorlie, it didn’t take long for the ball magnet to catch the eye of senior selectors.
“I didn’t really give myself a time-frame but just tried to get there (senior football) as soon as I could and train as hard as I could and to break into a such a strong side as well, it was great to make my debut.” He said.
At 185 cm and 90 kilograms the youngster already has a suitable physique to match it with the state’s best footballers.
According to Schofield when it comes to being clean by hand Scafidi is the best at the football club.
“(laughs) It’s always good to get compliments like that, I don’t know how much truth there is behind it but that coming from the head coach is always good.
“Being clean is what you need to be to play as an inside midfielder so yeah it’s probably my main strength.” Scafidi said.
While the midfielder’s main focus is on retaining his spot in the side for the game against league leaders Swan Districts on Saturday, he acknowledged the significance of Subiaco’s fixture against Perth in Kalgoorlie in a fortnight.
“It would be good to play in that game, I supposed I have to prove myself over the next week or two but going back up to Kal to play for Subiaco would be unreal.” Scafidi said.