- Thursday, 20 August 2015
Chris Deluca played his 50th game on the weekend and continues to thrive at league level for Subiaco.
The energetic forward has grown incrementally since emerging from our development system and fellow premiership forward Matt Boland believes Deluca adds another element to Subi’s play.
“He’s an unbelievable player and easily the best pressure forward I’ve come across in my career,
“It adds another dimension having him in the line-up and his presence keeps defenders on edge. When he’s not chasing or creating turnovers, he’s kicking goals.” said Boland
The 2014 premiers have only played 21 games together but Boland has been impressed with Deluca’s progress.
“I thought he had an outstanding year in 2014 but he’s taken it to another level in 2015 with his fitness and dedication. He’s recording 10+ tackles a game and kicking clutch goals; you would imagine AFL recruiters would have to be taking notice.” said Boland
Deluca is Subiaco’s leading tackler and has recorded 181 from his 50 WAFL games. The forward recorded 10 tackles against Perth last week as the Lions goal-kickers, including Boland, begin to gel.
“We’ve had guys coming in and out of the forward line for most of the year so it’s great to get numbers back on the park. We’ve had Deluca, Delahunty and Waters spend portions on the sideline but we’re all expected to be healthy for finals, so that’s exciting.”
“To the boys credit we’ve been able to deal with injuries and still been able to kick winning scores for most of the season,
"Shane Yarran has had a massive season and proven to be the most dangerous forward in the competition,
"Clancy Wheeler has spent a lot of time in the forward line this year and been a huge asset as well as youngster Kyle Halligan who’s almost played every game,
'"When you have the midfielders like Brett Robinson, Chris Phelan and Kyal Horsley also adding goals it’s a pretty dangerous, versatile mix." added Boland
Subiaco face East Fremantle on Saturday in their last game of the 2015 WAFL season.