SFC 2015: Round 21 Preview
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Subi have three more games to prepare for finals football with the first challenge coming in the form of Perth on Saturday.
With Subiaco already securing first position on the ladder and Perth far gone from the finals picture this match-up has little impact but offers the perfect opportunity for Jarrad Schofield to prepare his side for September.
The Lions were a victim of bad weather and complacency last week going down to Swan Districts by a point at a windy Steel Blue Oval. It was Subiaco’s third loss of the year with the other two coming from East Perth and West Perth.
Perth had the bye-week in Round 20 and will have a few options to pick from as they round out a forgettable season. The Demons have nothing to lose and will bring a physical challenge.
Subiaco veteran midfielder Chris Phelan reinforced that there was no time for the Lions to rest on their laurels; with plenty of work to be done to position themselves for back-to-back premierships.
“It’s a really exciting time around the football club; finals football is in sight but were solely focused on the challenge at hand,
“The boys are ticking all the boxes and making sure we are taking each game at a time, as the moniker goes, the focus stays the same every week. We have to keep winning,
“It’s going to be a tough road, East Perth are starting to hit some form and West Perth have been dangerous. We have to get everyone on the park and get ready to fight for It." said Chris Phelan
Subiaco can’t finish anywhere but first; so the next three Rounds will be utilised to prime the playing group. Players like Shane Yarran and Matt Boland will be looking to get into the swing of things. Boland kicked seven goals against Perth a month ago and Yarran currently leads the league in goal kicking despite a quiet month or two. Both will be looking to build confidence against the Demons.
HELL OF A YEAR
The Lions will be wary of a young, hungry Perth side that have nothing to lose. The Demons have had a tumultuous year on the field as Earl Spalding tries to resurrect the WAFL cellar dwellers. This will be the biggest game Perth will play for the rest of the year and they'll be gunning for a top five scalp.
Head Coach Jarrad Schofield and ruck coach Steven Wasley will be looking for the best pair for ruck duties in the remaining three games of the season. Clancy Wheeler was the focal point of the ruck last week against the Swans after young Jordan Bestry struggled with a shoulder injury. The Lions have Dave Madut and Sean Bradley waiting for another chance at league football.