South-East Hot-Spot

Esperance has become a football hot spot for Subiaco in recent years with players like Clancy Wheeler and Abe Davey expanding the horizons for the South-East zone.

Three young Esperance products were a part of a Colts side that overpowered East Perth last week to sneak back into the top four and revitalise their finals hopes.

Jak Cary, Taylor Smith and Ryan Vermeersch are all young footballers from Esperance who have relocated to Perth to play for the Subiaco Lions. Along with Rhys Holdman and Jacob Vickers who have also had game time in 2014. 

With Esperance being such a large area with a passion for football key forward Ryan Vermeersch says moving to the city to play football is something players from Esperance thrive towards.

“Esperance is a huge area and football is a pretty big part of life. You always hear about guys like Clancy Wheeler, Rhett Kerr and Abe Davey who have made the journey to the Subiaco football club and it’s definitely something you want to emulate. It’s so good to see so many young Esperance footballers coming through and aspiring to play football for the Lions.“ said Vermeersch

Vermeersch began his journey towards the Subiaco Football Club after attending boarding school at Aquinas College in Perth and witnessing class-mates contributing to WAFL Development Squads.

“I went to boarding school at Aquinas and I had heaps of mates playing in WAFL development squads that were from the country and I really wanted to be a part of a program like them and Dad managed to get a hold of the club. In Esperance you hear of what the Subi guys are doing in Perth and how they’re going all the time so it definitely makes you want to get to that level.” said Vermeersch

Since arriving at the Lions Vermeersch has stamped himself as one of the clubs most exciting young talents with a big build and a knack for taking big marks. The 18 year old recommends making the transition for Esperance footballers that want to further their game.

“I think the main thing I’ve gained from Subiaco has been to use my body more effectively with the specialist ruck and forward coaches. There are no line coaches in the country so having that one on one time with specialist coaches like Tim Grose has been amazing,


“It’s a big step up from the country standards but it was a pretty smooth transition. I knew a couple of the guys already like Bill Fetherstonhaugh, Charlie Lefanu so they helped me settle into the club but ever since I arrived I’ve been really happy. “I would definitely recommend coming to the city to play football." said Vermeersch


In the midst of a hunt to return to finals football with his Colts side Vermeersch acknowledged his goals for 2014 and beyond.

“Besides finishing off the season well with the Colts I’m looking forward to getting a pre-season under my belt because I haven’t actually had a full pre-season at the club yet yet. In the long run hopefully I can play some reserves football next year and after a few years play league football for the Subiaco Lions.” said Vermeersch

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