WE’VE had some close battles with Claremont in the past few seasons.
It’s difficult to pinpoint the reason why, but the contests are usually free flowing with good matchups in the midfield, so that could go some way to explaining it.
I think there’s a hint of a rivalry between the sides too, which adds to the entertainment.
I expect this Saturday’s clash at Arena Joondalup to continue the trend despite the Tigers’ recent form slump.
They’re going to be very keen to attack the contest hard to record their first win since round 4.
We’ll need to be particularly wary of the Tigers’ dangerous forward line since we’re coming off games where we’ve conceded totals bigger than what we would have liked.
They’ve got strong tall options in Beau Maister and Tom Lee as well as crafty small forwards in Ian Richardson and Jack Richardson.
Add to that the class of Jye Bolton through the middle with WA squad ruckman Mitch Andrews and there’s plenty for us to think about.
There will not be too many changes from the team that faced East Fremantle, but Steve Potente is likely to return from injury.
A wet weather forecast could also influence one or two selections.