Eyes On The Prize
Thursday, 23 July 2015
Subiaco’s last bye week of the 2015 season couldn’t have come at a better time as the Lions eye the business end of the season.
Strength and conditioning manager Jackson Dennis went to work on the break and believes the squad will enter Round 18 with the Demons with a few players striving for return.
“The squad is in pretty good nick. We’ve hopefully got five guys coming back this week and they really benefited from the bye,
“Bill Fetherstonhaugh is back after he badly broke his finger and was missing for a month. Wayde Twomey should make his return after recovering from an ankle injury,
“Chris Deluca and Matt Boland will return from general soreness and Darren Rumble is also over his bout of concussion and should be ready to play.” Said Dennis
With four premiership players pushing for selection the eye on the prize nears for Subiaco. There’s six games left in the season Dennis is adamant on monitoring the players’ health individually as we near finals.
“We’ll monitor the training loads pretty closely. Usually we monitor the group as a whole but over the last few weeks we’ve focused on the individual players and how to look after themselves in the back half of the season,
“Some guys have had a light bye week and some have done a bit of extra work, it’s all about getting the balance right for every individual and making sure we have the strongest squad available.” Said Dennis
Subiaco premiership players Chris Phelan and Matt Boland on the track. Photo: SFC
Subiaco are 12-2 and sit on top of the WAFL ladder despite a frustrating run of injuries in 2015. The depth of the Lions senior list has been emphasised over the last few months.
“I’ve been impressed with our depth and ability to cover injuries,
“A couple of younger players have really stepped up and there’s really good players in the reserves each week; so it’s a really positive, competitive environment,
“The guys train really hard, so when they get picked to play a role they’re fit enough and well drilled enough to fill it.” Said Dennis
Jackson Dennis faces his old WAFL side Perth on the weekend and he hopes the bye week rest has Subiaco poised for their 13th win of the season.
“The bye week was really handy; it gave us a well-needed rest and the squad is fresh. We’ll be ready to go on Saturday against the Demons. “ added Dennis