Twomey pivotal for Lions
- Thursday, 18 September 2014
The man affectionately referred to as the “old dog” of the Subiaco Lions on the weekend by head-coach Jarrad Schofield will play a giant part in this weekend’s grand final.
Wayde Twomey is about to head into his third grand final in just six years of WAFL football, and the star halfback wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’m super pumped to be back in another grand final. Going from the disappointment of falling short last year with the Swans to not knowing how I was going to go at the new club in Subi. I’m stoked to be playing in my first grand final for the Lions.” Said Twomey
Twomey is preparing to play in his third WAFL Grand Final with the two previous experiences coming at the Swan Districts including that infamous one-point victory over Claremont in 2010.
The free-roaming backman believes the back-line at the Lions reminds him of the young Swans chargers of 2008.
“This backline reminds me a little bit of the 2008 back-line at the Swan Districts. It’s a real young group full of talent so hopefully we can all grow together and get back the glory days of Subiaco like 2004 – 08.” Added Twomey
Twomey has a fellow veteran to help develop the young back-line with Darren Rumble having another outstanding season at fullback for the Lions in 2014.
The 26-year-old Victorian Twomey spoke highly of the Lions veteran in his 12 year of WAFL football.
“Rumble’s is the big rock of our defensive set up. He plays his role perfectly and sits on someone all game so the players around him are freed up to use the ball. It helps me out a lot knowing he’s got the back covered. It’s great to have that consistency and predictability in your team-mates.” Said Twomey
East Perth could have up to 11 West Coast Eagle’s on Sunday and will cause a lot of match-up headaches for the Lions. Twomey acknowledged the firepower East Perth have but believes Subiaco have enough height to run with the Royals.
“East Perth will be without Jeremy Mcgovern and Scott Lycett which eases the load a bit but besides that I think were a pretty tall defense anyways. If you look at guys like Bradley Stevenson, Scott Worthington, Clancy Wheeler and Dan Leishman I’m probably the shortest out of all of them at 6’1 so size shouldn’t be a problem,
“They got us in the first game by producing a lot of forward momentum and using the space in the middle of the ground. They were laying forwards out with good passes and it’s nearly impossible to stop as a trailing defender. Hopefully we can create enough pressure in the midfield they pop a couple up to us so we can generate our own rebound.” Added Twomey
Subiaco will line up in their 24th Grand Final appearance on Sunday against the East Perth Royals at Patersons Stadium.
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