SFC 2016: Preview Round 8
- Thursday, 05 May 2016
The Lions recorded an important win over their cross-town rivals South Fremantle last week but will have to remain focussed to avoid a big game lull.
East Fremantle proved they had plenty to be worried about against East Perth on Sunday, over-running the Royals for a big 37-point win.
Subiaco are the front-runners again in 2016 after a 6-0 start to the season. They’ve also managed to defeat 3/4 of teams currently sitting in finals positions. (Peel, East Perth, South Fremantle)
Subi also have the luxury of a relatively healthy list with premiership halfback Jordan Lockyer a chance to return against this Sharks. This could create a selection headache for Jarrad Schofield who had a solid team performance from the 22 last week. Scott Hancock (season), Tom Smith (season) and Kyle Halligan (8 weeks) are the only patrons of the long-term injury list.
East Fremantle has lost a couple of close games in 2016 but they have no lack of talent. The Sharks are fourth in the competition with a 3-3 record and will be looking to claim their biggest scalp of the season with their only wins over the bottom half. (Swan Districts, West Perth and East Perth.)
Coastal Titans: 5:15pm
HEADS UP HAMPSON
2014 Subiaco Premiership player George Hampson will return to Medibank Stadium for the second time since moving to East Fremantle. Hampson won the Outridge Medal alongside Brett Mahoney in 2013 before departing on questionable terms at the end of 2014. Hampson only managed 12 disposals in his first return to Leederville Oval in Round 11, 2015 and the Lions will be looking to hold him to a similar performance.
An interesting statistic emerged during the week, which showed that Subiaco were the highest offenders for frees against in the WAFL after six rounds. Significantly so…
Subiaco 83-135 at -52
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