Subiaco Set to Renew Peel Rivalry

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:32 AM

Subiaco are set to host an AFL aligned WAFL side for the second straight week at Leederville Oval with Peel travelling to play the Lions on Saturday.


Once again Subiaco will put their winning run on the line against the side that last beat them, expecting another tough battle against a well drilled Peel side.


Subiaco will make at least two changes from the team that beat West Coast on Good Friday, with Rowen Powell and Jack Beverley both going out of the side.


There replacements will come from a group of five players named in the 25 man squad which includes Travis Cleggett, Tom Edwards-Baldwin, Joel Latham, Simon Moore and Jack Mayo.


Due to the 2019 WAFL Broadcast schedule, the game will not be on television or radio this weekend, stay tuned to the Subiaco Social Media accounts for quarter by quarter updates and all the live information you need to know.






After taking on a West Coast WAFL side which had 19 AFL listed players last week, Subiaco can again expect an AFL laden opponent against Peel. With Fremantle sporting a reducing injury list and strong form at AFL level, Peel could have over 15 AFL listed players represented on Saturday presenting another tough challenge for Subiaco.



Subiaco will play its third game in four at Leederville Oval to start 2019. Over the past few years, Leederville has become a home fortress, with the side only dropping the 2017 Second Semi Final since midway through that season. Of course Peel were the victors in that Second Semi final and the last side to beat Subiaco at Leederville Oval.



After being beaten in the ruck and at the clearances last week, Subiaco faces another tall order against a strong Peel ruck division in Saturday’s game. After being well beaten in hit-outs and clearances last week, expect a tough and physical presence from Subiaco around the contest this weekend.


Subiaco has been strong in first quarters so far in 2019. They have won all three first quarters outscoring their opponents 93 to 23. Peel on the other hand have struggled in their last two first quarters. Expect the start to be important in being able to dictate the battle.



They have very different styles of game, but the performance of Rhys Waters and Ryan Borchet has been a catalyst for the Subiaco forward line in 2019 so far. Waters and Borchet lead the Lions with eight goals each on the season. The mix of Borchet’s strong marking and Waters pressure and read of the game has made for a dangerous duo inside the Subiaco forward fifty.



Local product Greg Clark is set to play his 50th game on Saturday. Clark has become one of the brightest members of the Subiaco midfield group, having shown an ability to perform on the outside and have a presence around the inside of a contest as well. After being a highly touted junior footballer, it is pleasing for the development of the club to see a product like Clark win a Reserves and League premiership medal, pass the 50 game milestone.



Subiaco’s Reserves will return after a week off last week, looking to remain unbeaten in 2019. So far they have had to come from behind to win two Reserves battles, while Peel are winless through two Reserves games. In the Colts, Subiaco face a tough task in opening their win account for 2019, set to go up against an unbeaten Peel Colts side.