WAFL Watch: Efficient Schammer
Midfielder Byron Schammer hasn’t managed to break into Fremantle’s senior side this season, but the highly professional 26-year-old has continued to improve important aspects of his game.
Schammer’s kicking efficiency has let him down in the past and, with a group of teammates, he has made a point of completing extra sessions with development coach Ash Prescott and biomechanist Damian Shannon to improve his disposal.
The hard work is beginning to pay off, with Schammer named this week’s WAFL player of the round for his 30-possession game for Claremont in round 15 of the state competition.
“The one thing that’s changed this year with Byron’s effective ball-use is his composure,” assistant coach Simon Lloyd said.
“He’s done a lot of work on developing that area of his game and he has used the ball really well.
“There’s a number of players that decide to come in and do additional work on their kicking and it’s based around the specific kicks an individual might have.
“Byron will often have the hit-up kick, or the short 45-degree kick. His kicks will also be under pressure when he breaks out of congestion and needs to hit somebody up.”
Forward Kepler Bradley and key defender Peter Faulks were others to perform strongly for their WAFL teams at the weekend.
Bradley, who has been Fremantle’s leading goalkicker this season, responded well to being left out of the senior side with a 27-possession performance for West Perth.
Ahead of this week’s fixtures, Lloyd shared his WAFL notes withfremantlefc.com.au.
Claremont 15.12 (102) d South Fremantle 15.9 (99)
It was a very good performance by Byron, with the majority of his disposals effective. He had 30 possessions and seven inside 50s and the highlight of his game was his work at centre bounces, where he won some really solid 50-50 contests and got the ball going Claremont’s way. He chased and tackled consistently.
Perth 12.8 (80) lost to Swan Districts 16.8 (104)
The positives for Clayton were his second and third quarters, after making a slow start for Swan Districts. His confidence grew after quarter time and he pushed hard forward at the right times. He had nine touches for the second quarter, which led to him being tagged in the second half. When being tagged, Clayton changed his game and started playing more of an inside role. His ability to adapt was pleasing.
Casey started at centre half-forward for Perth this week and looked lively early, taking some good contested grabs and hitting the contest hard. He demonstrated accurate kicking and finished with five goals for the day. He played a really good game at centre half-back last week and Mark Harvey wanted to see how Casey presented as a forward. Overall, he had a good day.
Joel played at centre half-forward for Perth, changing with Sibosado, and we were happy with his leading patterns in the first quarter. He came on and off the bench a fair bit after half-time in his second game back from a thumb injury. The main thing that Joel needs to work on is constantly leading to dangerous spaces where he’s going to get the footy.
Jayden started on a wing for Perth and displayed some power running early in the game, which is something we’ve been talking about for a period of time. He moved to half-forward in the second quarter, but found it hard to slip his opponent and find space. Jayden’s main focus is winning his own contested ball and contributing to team pressure.
West Perth 15.8 (98) d Subiaco 13.5 (83)
Jay van Berlo
Jay started on a wing for West Perth and played a more offensive, creative role. He moved to half-back in the second quarter and that was when he really started to work into the game, beating his opponent and working off him. He showed good offensive spread and marked the ball strongly one-on-one, finishing with 10 marks. He played in the midfield in the second half and performed well there.
Kepler started as a key forward for West Perth and got involved early, marking well on the lead and out-muscling the opposition. On numerous occasions he grabbed the ball out of the ruck at forward 50 boundary throw-ins. He played midfield in the second half and cleared the footy through use of his strength. It was a very good hit-out for Kepler, finishing with 18 kicks, nine handballs, 11 marks and seven inside 50s.
Jack played as a key forward for Subiaco all day, working out of the goalsquare and pushing up to centre half-forward. He was sharp on the lead, showed positive leading patterns and provided good pressure. Jack’s genuinely working really hard on his game at the moment but isn’t getting the rewards performance wise. That will come in due course.
East Perth 12.10 (82) d Peel Thunder 10.9 (69)
Peter played a solid role in the backline for Peel, only being beaten in three contests for the day and not conceding a goal. He continually spoiled and showed good closing speed on his opponent. He tended to play off his man when the ball was more than 80m away and positioned proactively. It was a positive step on the weekend and he was clearly the best defender on the ground.
Jesse floated in and out of the game for Peel, starting on a wing before moving to half-back where he shut down a smaller opponent and didn’t allow any goal-side run. He was team-oriented in terms of his defensive role, but we wanted Jesse to offer more the other way when Peel won the footy. He’s had some senior experience now and has played good footy for Peel in the past, so we’re looking for Jesse to have more of an influence on games.
Hamish rucked well for East Perth, demonstrating good tap work and following up some of his centre bounce hits to finish with four clearances. He showed good positioning to cut the ball off well at centre half-back in one passage of play, so we’d like him to do more of that. Hamish always shows good physicality, but we need him to work on his repeat efforts when he’s forward. That’s his training focus.