Mad Finals Dash
- Monday, 18 August 2014
Subiaco’s Colts need to win their last two games if they remain any chance of making the top four in 2014.
The Lions sit in sixth position; two points behind East Perth who are perched in fourth position on 34. West Perth also stand in the way of the Lions with the draw in Round 18 against East Perth leaving them on equal points with inferior percentage.
The task is pretty clear for the Colts; keep winning and finals football is a highly likely.
South Fremantle and East Fremantle will be tough battles for the Lions but they’ve shown form against the southern sides so far in 2014. The Colts got a crucial victory on their last journey to Fremantle Oval with a 22 point win over the Bulldogs reinvigorating their roller-coaster season.
If the Colts can manage a miraculous finish to the season and slip into the top-four it would be the first time all three Subiaco grades will play finals since 2007.
The rare feat would be a testament to the function of the system and put the Subiaco Football in contention for the Rodriguez Shield for the WAFL’s most successful club for the first time since 2008.
WHAT THE COLTS NEED TO DO
One of the keys to the Colts winning in 2014 has been their ability to start fast. When the Lions bring intensity from the first bounce they tend to carry it throughout the rest of the game. The Colts have won seven out of ten games after leading at quarter-time and will need to work hard early to get on top of third placed South Fremantle this week.
A clear difference between Claremont and Subiaco on the weekend was their ability to spread effectively. The Tigers are a drilled unit who take care of the ball and exposed the Lions with a couple of well-timed switches. The Colts could take a note out of the Tigers book with a faster and more accurate spread of the ball. Players like Aaron Summers and Greg Clark can be super dangerous in space, the ball just needs to get to them.
Key forward Ryan Vermeersch has been getting far more attention in his second year of Colts football often drawing a double-team from the opposition. The Tigers dropped a spare man back in front of Vermeersch again in the Lions 49 point loss and the big man only recorded one major. The Lions need other options in the forward line to post game-winning scores against the better teams. The possible return of Adam Creeper and Ashton Williamson will hopefully free up Vermeersch and generate more options for Subiaco’s midfield.
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