No Passengers on the 'R' Train

 

An increasing team mentality is the reason behind Subiaco’s climb to the top of the WAFL Reserves ladder according to coach Ryan Redfern.

After 13 games the Lions have notched 11 wins and have amassed a huge percentage of 226%.

 

Their closest rival is East Perth who is two games behind with a percentage of 111%.

The Lions look set to tally more wins in 2014 that their last two seasons combined.

“We’re a year older, the boys have had a couple of years bonding and growing and all the work they’ve done in the gym is paying off.” Redfern said.

“There’s a big core group of boys who are about 21 or 22 years old and they just all want to play for each other, that’s the biggest thing.”

“The midfield group of Moore, Ashman, Wade, Featherstonhaugh and Norris as well as the newer guys like Boyle, Bradley and Panizza who have all come in and added heaps.” He said

Redfern admits the biggest surprise packet this season is lightly framed forward Dylan ‘Chubby’ Clarke.

From 11 games Clarke has booted 33 goals including a haul of 7 in round 4.

“Clarkey has been outstanding but not just his goal scoring it’s his chasing pressure and the one percenters that he’s doing for the good of the team.” Redfern said.

Redfern, who played WAFL football at West Perth in the 90’s, assisted with last year’s reserves team before taking the reigns for 2014.

He describes his team’s backline as outstanding and credits the Lions defenders for much of the success so far this season.

In rounds nine and ten Subiaco conceded a total of 5 goals and 8 behinds and won both games by more than 100 points.

“They are the real strength of our team, guys like Stewart, Jackson, Blechynden, Heal, they can all jumped up and play senior footy when their opportunity comes and I’m sure it will soon.” Redfern said.

The last time the Lions finished on top of the WAFL reserves ladder was in 2008. That season they failed to win a final.

In 2007 the Lions recorded 14 wins in the home and away season to finish on top of the ladder and went on to win the reserves premiership.

Redfern admits there’s still a lot of football to be played and says the R Train isn’t talking about the F word just yet.

“Finals is everyone’s aim and our first half of the season has made it possible but we need to just keep playing the style of footy that we’ve been training and we should get enough wins to get us there.” Redfern said.

West Perth is one of only two teams to beat the Lions this season and the sides meet again on Saturday at Arena Joondalup at the modified time of 10:40 am.

 

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