SFC 2016: SF Preview vs SFFC
Friday, 09 September 2016
Subiaco can set themselves up for a third consecutive Grand Final with a win against South Fremantle this weekend.
If the Lions overcome the second placed Bulldogs they will automatically go through to the 2016 Grand Final and earn another round of rest.
This strategy went according to plan in 2015 and head coach Jarrad Schofield is confident his side has sufficiently prepared.
“We definitely haven’t been on a holiday; we’ve used the time to the best that we can and there’s a few things we’re hoping to roll out against South Fremantle.” said Schofield
A couple of key players figure in for the Lions week and getting the mix right will be integral to compete with the talented Bulldogs.
Utility Lachlan Delahunty is fit and ready to play his first game since Round 13. Delahunty adds flexibility to the Subi line-up and can ease pressure of Sean Bradley in the ruck.
2015 Premiership defender Hayden Kennedy has also hit fitness at the right time and was impressive in the reserves Elimination Final against East Fremantle last week.
Kennedy had 23 touches whilst several other players such as Greg Clark, Bill Fethersonhaugh and Ben Sokol put their hands up for selection.
South Fremantle will be missing some of their firepower with midfield gun Ashton Hams suspended for striking Dean Munns (WP) in the 1st Semi Final. Hams was crucial for the ‘Dogs against West Perth gathering 27 touches and booting three goals.
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Clancy Wheeler figures as a big player for the Lions again as he always seems to around crunch time. Wheeler is an excellent performer under pressure and re-iterated the need for the Lions to stay focused in an interview with the West Australian.
“It’s anyone’s game this year,” Wheeler said. “We’re going to have to be at our very best against South Fremantle.
“We watched them on the weekend and they looked really slick. They’ve got good players all over the park.”
The sides have provided incredible contests during the year with Subi claiming the honours.
In Round Seven, Subiaco burst out of the blocks against South only to see their lead disintegrate to two points in the last quarter. The visiting Maroons kicked away from then for a 31 point win.
When South Fremantle visited Subiaco in Round 18 a similar battle emerged. Subi kicked away early before the Bulldogs pulled back into the game. South Fremantle challenged the reigning premiers before some Liam Ryan brilliance put the game put of reach by nine points.
In finals, South Fremantle have historically edged Subiaco in the post-season with a tally of 8-6. The Lions are also looking to level their 2-3 record against the Bulldogs in Semi-Finals.