Lions Buzz: Round Four
- Monday, 13 April 2015
The Lions got their season back on track with a 17-point-win over West Perth on Saturday in an early season character builder.
Tested and scoreless after the first quarter the Lions needed to re-explore the inspired football that took them to the 2014 premiership. And to the relief of the Subiaco faithful they found it in the second quarter and beyond.
The most impressive part of the Lions Round Four victory was their ability to respond to adversity; albeit without a host of key players.
Leading midfielders Kyal Horsley and Reece Blechynden were late exclusions from the side, half-back Wayde Twomey has missed the last two weeks with a calf, forwards Shane Yarran, Chris Deluca & Matt Boland were absent and Dockers recruit Sam Menegola is working through a leg injury.
But the Lions trusted in the game-plan and their team-mates to restrict West Perth to two goals and seven behinds for the remainder of the game. And there were gutsy performances all around the park that contributed to it.
Christopher Phelan stood up as Subiaco's main ball-winner to find 27 disposals and proved he can be prolific when on song. The Lions will be also be loving what they're seeing from Victorian recruit Leigh Kitchin who provides non stop energy around stoppages. Phelan and Kitchin are both in the top ten WAFL ball-winners.
Jordan Lockyer was awarded the Andrew Christie Medal for the player that best demonstrates the ANZAC spirit. Lockyer has settled in since moving to the Lions over the off-season and was un-deniable on half-back in the air and on the rebound.
The fight and spirit of 21 year old ruckman Dave Madut would have also inspired the Lions with the youngster responding well to the challenges 2015 has thrown at him. Madut is 5th in the league with 109 hit-outs but the most impressive part of his season so far is his pressure and tackling.
Subiaco also featured a new look forward line with Clancy Wheeler and Bradley Stevenson the focal points of attack. Despite a slow start the two towering utilities made a considerable impact on the game. When the ball is delivered effectively Wheeler and Stevenson are both challenging to beat in contests.
The Lions also drew an impressive performance from young forward James Garcia. The 21 year old has settled into league football and added a handy three goal bag to the Lions cause.
Over a thousand watched the Lions turn it around at Medibank on Saturday and these were the best tweets surfacing from Subiaco's third win of 2015.