- Friday, 29 August 2014
Jarrad Schofield has a welcome selection dilemma as he prepares to take on East Fremantle on Sunday
He’s juggling a surplus of players who are fit after injury lay-offs.
The Lions will regain the services of at least three key players on Sunday, in what will be the side’s final tune up before their second semi final against East Perth.
Lachlan Delahunty, has been named to play his first game since injuring his knee in round 16 West Perth at Arena Joondalup.
The hard running wingman will resume his impressive 11 game WAFL career and should he get through this week unscathed, could prove a headache for Royals coach Brian Dawson in the second semi.
The Lions missed the clean skills and decision making of Wayde Twomey in last week’s shock loss to South Fremantle.
The rebounding defender will return against the Sharks on Sunday after overcoming general soreness.
Shane Yarran is another who will slot into Subiaco’s line up having overcome a foot injury.
The enigmatic forward was due to return last week but failed a last minute fitness test.
The Lions could make further changes as a host of experienced players put their hand up for selection.
Swingman Scott Worthington returned via the reserves last week against South Fremantle and showed no sign of the foot injury that has kept him sidelined all year.
Abe Davey made a successful comeback from a hamstring strain in the same game while Rob Forrest has also proved he’s overcome a second knee reconstruction with two encouraging displays in the reserves.
Fit and Firing: East Freo’s list is as healthy as it’s been all season. The return of Jamie McNamara and Bradd Dalziell from knee injuries has bolstered the Shark’s already impressive midfield. The pair combined for a total of 54 possessions against Swans last weekend while Rory O’Brien gathered 33 and kicked a goal.
Numbers Game: The Sharks and the Swans are even on points in third and fourth spots on the ladder respectively.
If East Fremantle is to maintain third place and a home ground advantage in the 1st semi final they need to not lose to Subiaco by more than 37 points.
There’s even a minute chance they could jump to second spot by beating Subiaco by an unlikely margin of 177 points.
Boland Bumped: South Fremantle’s Ben Saunders has bumped Matt Boland into second place in the Bernie Naylor Medal race.
The Lions’ spearhead has booted 48 goals this season while Saunders has 54.
The Bulldogs finish their season against Peel Thunder tomorrow.
Stick around after the game to celebrate the 10 year reunion of the 2004 Premiership team and live entertainment.