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Lions still have plenty of roar in 2020

Reigning premiers Subiaco face a must win clash on Saturday to keep their 2020 finals hopes alive.


Subiaco are 5th on the WAFL ladder, two games outside the top four with three matches to play.


Speaking on #SportsLine Lions coach Beau Wardman said it has been an indifferent season to date.


"It's certainly been challenging on and off the field, we've probably lost a couple of games more than we would have liked to but we've had the opportunity to expose some younger players which had been good for their development." Wardman said.


Subiaco lost to Leederville oval co-tenants East Perth on the weekend but were in the contest for large parts.


"We had a pretty strong review last night, some honest feedback across the group and the hunger and drive amongst the playing group is still there which is important and they haven't lost focus."


The third year senior coach highlighted the groups inexperience as a large contributor to the below par results.


"Largely it's been consistency, we've had a lot of players who have been debuting or played less than 10-games but some of the pressure and the ball movement and we've spoken about our communication and leadership on-field is there so that the players are confident in what they are doing."


Wardman is hoping there will be some inclusions from their lengthy injury list for Saturday's clash against Perth.


"Kyal (Horsley) is certainly pushing to make himself available for this week so we've hoping he might get up and Rowen Powell has been doing some running with his knee but Angus (Litherland) and Jordan (Lockyear) are probably more on the long term side of it and the same with Ryan Borchet and Harry Marsh hamstring is another week away.


Subiaco face East Fremantle and West Perth in the final fortnight of the year and the premiership winning coach still believes the Lions can play a part in the 2020 finals series action.


"Mathematically we are still a chance and destiny is in our own hands, if we can rectify the areas on our game we need to work on and play our brand of football if we can get to the finals we hope we can do some damage."


Subiaco are away from home against Perth on Saturday at Mineral Resources Park.


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