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Match Preview v East Fremantle

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 11:01 AM by Alice Miller

Match Preview v East Fremantle presented by CSG Marketing (https://csg.marketing/)

This Saturday with bounce down at 2:10pm, Subiaco will travel to East Fremantle to take on the Sharks sitting pretty on top of the ladder after round one. The game will take place at New Choice Homes Park in expected warm and windy conditions, where Subi are looking to continue with a strong start to the season after a solid win last week.

Keep an eye on Subiaco’s social media channels and app for updates across the day if you cannot make it to the game.

 

FORM

The Lions were up and raring to go last week in the first clash of the season, as they showed their strength when pushing past East Perth on Good Friday by 28 points. Subi showed good signs to kick start the year despite it being a tense first half, as they were on top for inside 50s and scoring shots along with key players exhibiting their strengths to win comfortably in the end. Skipper Kitchin shone with 29 disposals, 5 tackles and a goal, while to continue on from last season, Ben Sokol performed in front of goal with 3.1 and 17 disposals. Subiaco’s range of stars across the board last week, including the excitement of new talent in four debutants, is an indication of a good showing this weekend up against a side in East Freo looking to make their position at the top of ladder something to get used to.

 

OPPONENTS FORM

East Fremantle started the season with a 32 point triumph against Peel in Mandurah last week, despite their poor scoring accuracy finishing the match with 15 goals from thirty-one scoring shots. A clinical display in the third quarter and an even first half showed The Sharks their first win of 2021 where ex Gold Coast midfielder, Josh Shoenfeld got his hands on the ball the most with 41 disposals and nine marks showing why he was a handy pick up this season. Additionally, Luke Strnadica dominated in the ruck with 43 hit-outs serving the midfielders below, Milan Murdock and Luke English who got 32 and 28 disposals respectively. The Sharks will surely look to keep their spot as ladder leaders for as long as they can. This makes for a gripping match up to see who stands tall after.

 

LIST – EAST FREMANTLE

Gains for 2021: Jonathon Marsh (St Kilda), Hugh Dixon (Fremantle Dockers), Josh Schoenfeld (Gold Coast) Dillon O’Reilly (Fremantle Dockers), Corey Chalmers (West Perth).

 

GOAL KICKERS

The last time these two met was in round 8 2020 when Subiaco doubled the Sharks number of goals 12 to 6 in a 41 point victory to The Lions. Subi had eight different goal kickers, with Ben Sokol putting up an impressive performance with having the most shots at goal with 2.2, three inside-50s, clunking seven marks and recording 16 disposals to go with it. Martin, Bailey Matera, Horsley each put on doubles to cap off an all-round performance, one which the Lions this week will be looking to replicate. 

 

LAST TWO TIMES

Subiaco have been commanding over East Freo in recent history, remaining unbeaten the last five times they met. More recently winning 12.12 (84) to 6.7 (43) in round 8 last year at home, having previously beaten them in a thrashing of 17.14 (116) to 7.4 (46) also at Subi’s home ground Leederville Oval.  The Lions average winning margin over the Sharks the last two games is 55 points, so this certainly gives the team all sorts of confidence heading into this week’s fixture.

 

OTHER GRADES

The Colts will kick off the day with bounce down at 9:10am at New Choice Homes Park this Saturday, with the Reserves following that at 11:40am away as well at New Choice Homes. Futures will be played on Sunday at Revo Fitness Stadium with bounce down at 3:30pm for them. The Subiaco Women’s team will also be playing this Saturday at David Grays Arena against Peel Thunder at 6:00pm.