Subi seek repeat
Friday, 21 August 2015
An abundance of hurdles faced Subiaco at the start of the 2015 and the idea of a repeat premiership seemed like a murky, distant destination.
Fast-forward to August and the Lions have ridden another rocky WAFL season to the best seat in the house, the minor premiership and a double chance at the 2015 flag.
Top position wasnt handed to the Lions though, with a massive list turnover in the off-season and an ongoing battle with injury threatening to de-rail Subiaco’s aspirations.
Subi lost over ten players in the off-season but managed to re-shuffle their co-existing list as well as adding valuable experience.
The sheer effectiveness of the Lions recruits has been emphatic with Leigh Kitchin, Scott Hancock, Jordan Lockyer, Brett Robinson and Sam Menegola playing big roles.
The Lions have also observed a handful of youngsters flourish around the influx of experience with Michael Wood, Chris Deluca, Hayden Kennedy, Kyle Halligan and Reece Blechynden all going to another level in 2015.
Subiaco have developed a senior playing group who know they have to be accountable and it’s paying huge dividends.
A team-orientated mentality is evident in the way Subiaco play football.
The Lions have been without star players like Kyal Horsley, Darren Rumble, Brett Mahoney, Rhys Waters, Wayde Twomey and Matt Boland for large portions of the season but continue to absorb the blows with their depth.
An abundance of players have proven they can step into roles with youngsters Declan Jackson, Greg Clark, Craig Hoskins and Simon Moore standing big when they we’re called upon.
Subiaco’s versatility has resulted in a 15-3 season and Jarrad Schofield has two more games to fine tune his squad heading into the most important month of the year.
East Fremantle and East Perth present themselves as perfect opportunities to add the final touches to an impressive 2015 campaign.
The Lions have gone from hunter to the hunted in a season and will utilise the remaining fixtures to prepare for the WAFL pack.
Who will stand up for Subiaco this time?