- Tuesday, 16 September 2014
A year ago Subiaco were sleeping quietly whilst East Perth and West Perth prepared to battle for the biggest prize in West Australian Football.
The Lions had finished eighth and were already looking towards 2014 after a disappointing season under first year coach Jarrad Schofield.
How things can change in a matter of months…
Subiaco maintained faith in the system and followed a strong influx of recruits back into contention for the 2014 WAFL premiership cup.
Head coach Jarrad Schofield reflected on the turn around with 6PR on Sunday after the Lions five point preliminary final victory over the Sharks.
“12 months ago we had both grades sitting eighth on the ladder and we really needed to reflect on ourselves as a group but one thing we didn’t deviate from was the process and the belief that if we produced our best it would be good enough. Full credit to the playing group and the club in general to turn everything around and make the grand final.” Said Schofield
The Lions were perhaps lucky to book their spot in the final game of September after East Fremantle kicked themselves out of contention with 26 behinds. Schofield maintains that the emphasis of pressure can be to blame for the Sharks inaccuracy.
“There were some periods of play where East Fremantle got a lot of easy ball but I still felt our boys hung in there; and when you’re applying pressure all over the ground inaccuracy can be an indicator of the pressure you apply. I always say to my guys, you kick poorly and it’s poor football. So at the end of the day East didn’t hit the scoreboard and we were able to be on the other side and get the win.” said Schofield
Waiting for Subiaco at Patersons Stadium on Sunday will be an East Perth side full of talent; including a possible 11 West Coast Eagles affiliated players. For the Lions to pull of an upset victory Schofield believes that his side needs to be cleaner.
“Obviously the level of intensity is high but the cleanness that East Perth move the ball was definitely the difference in the first semi-final. I was proud how the boys responded from last week and the main thing this week is to make sure our skills and ball handling is sharp on Sunday to give a good account of ourselves.” said Schofield
The Lions could also be bolstered by the return of three key playmakers on Sunday with Matt Boland, Kyal Horsley and George Hampson all expected to be ready.
Exciting forward Chris Deluca is also expected to be healthy despite a nasty knock in the preliminary final.
“From all reports that we’ve got from the trainers it’s just a knock to the knee. So we predict him to be right as well as Matt Boland, George Hampson and Kyal Horsley.” added Schofield
The Subiaco Lions will be holding an open training session for fans and guests tonight at Medibank Stadium from 5pm onwards.
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