Thursday, 18 June 2015
Subi’s young ruck-man Dave Madut has taken his game to the next level in 2015 and we’re excited to see where his potential can go.
With a big hole left by the retired Andrew Mcdougall and injured Frank Stockley the Lions entrusted 21-year-old Madut to take the reigns in 2015 and assistant coach Steve Wasley has been ecstatic with his progress.
“I’ve been really impressed with Dave’s development. If you look at the statistics from last year when we were using Frank Stockley and Andrew McDougall we were still in the lower half of hit-outs,
“This year he’s taken the main ruck job and we’re statistically competing in the top end of hit-outs, which is credit to his work ethic and ability.” Said Wasley
Madut has started every game for the Lions in 2015 averaging 24.5 hit-outs per game, which ranks him fifth in the WAFL.
Ruck coach Steve Wasley says Madut’s form has been a result of hard work and persistence.
“He’s working really hard, he’s competing and this year I think he’s the fittest he’s ever been. Last year he had an interrupted season with injuries and family problems but he’s enjoyed a consistent routine this year,
“Also sometimes as a ruck-man when you’re sharing the main role you can struggle to get into the flow of the game. We gave Dave the number one role and he’s repaying the faith we had in him.” Said Wasley
Madut chases down Peel forward Leroy Jetta in Round Six Photo: Michael Flood
The big man’s defensive antics have been another highlight of his game in 2015 with Madut’s pressure often rushing the ball-carrier. His impact was especially evident in Round 8 against Peel where he laid eight tackles against a quality opposition.
“We addressed his tackling and second efforts in the pre-season because we want him going from A to B with intensity. We use a tackling bag in the pre-game warm-ups to get Dave in a physical mentality and his follow up efforts have been really good this year.
“I know for a fact opposition players don’t like playing against him, he’s got a lot of energy and has an x-factor that other teams don’t like facing.” Added Wasley.
With a huge leap, speed and tackling ability Madut is a versatile piece on the Lions chessboard. Moving forward Wasley believes Dave can take his football to another level.
“This time last year you would probably say Dave’s maximum potential would be how he’s playing now. But the way he’s improved the sky really is the limit for what he can do,
“One of the main facets of his game that he’s working on is his ability to take contested marks. He took a couple against South Fremantle, which was really exciting to see, but he could definitely expand into a strong aerial player and become a force in the WAFL.” Said Wasley
Madut faces ex-West Coast Eagle Mark Seaby on the weekend as Subi travel to Claremont. Wasley implores his players to ignore the opposition and focus on their own strengths.
“Seaby is a really experienced ruck but we tell Dave to back his own game in, Jump and play with the energy that he usually does,
“It doesn’t really matter who he’s lining up against we encourage him to utilise his strengths. Our expectations of him are role driven and Dave is pretty good at staying switched on.” Added Wasley
Bounce-down at the Showgrounds is Saturday, 1:40pm with the game being televised on 7mate.