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WAFL: Round Four Match Preview vs East Perth

Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 3:23 PM by Matt Paddick

Subiaco will be looking for a change of fortune, when they go head-to-head with East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday May 7.

The battle of the Leederville co-tenants always has high tensions, with this weekend to be no exception.

Although Subiaco has the wood over the Royals in recent times, East Perth should not be underestimated given their start to season 2022.

FORM

Subiaco have been tested in the opening rounds, going up against some of the WAFL’s best sides.

The Lions are without a win so far this season, but have been competitive in the first three weeks.

Subiaco have debuted 12 players in season 2022 to show the future of the club, and the side is leading the competition for tackles this year to show their intent on the contest.

The Lions are ninth on the WAFL ladder, and will be looking to start their climb this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Royals look a different side this year and will be looking for a strong performance when they host Subiaco.

They started off the year with two wins, before a narrow 10-point loss to East Fremantle in Northampton.

Their hot start to 2022 means they sit in third place on the ladder.

LAST TIME THEY MET

In the penultimate round of the regular WAFL season last year, the Royals who were out of finals contention looked to upset the Lions and potentially cost them top spot.

With nothing to lose, East Perth took the game on, and were able to weather the storm from Subiaco at different times during the match.

The Lions looked to flex their muscles, taking a 33-point lead into half time, but were made to work to take home the four points.

Lachlan Delahunty was instrumental around the ground, and Chad Harris was important on the wing as Subiaco took a 14-point win.

ONE TO WATCH

Subiaco’s tackling efforts this season has been a highlight, and leading the way is young midfielder Liam Hickmott.

Renowned across the competition as a tagger, the defensive pressure he puts on in the midfield is no surprise, but his numbers are impressive.

He’s averaging 11.5 tackles per game after missing round one due to health and safety protocols.

The 22-year-old is also increasing his disposals, with 17.5 per game so far.

He’s become an important part of the Subiaco midfield, and is one to look forward to for years to come.