CLAREMONT is a far more talented side than its WAFL ladder position would suggest.
If we are not at our best against them at Claremont Showground on Saturday, then we’ll leave ourselves vulnerable.
They have a number of impressive players capable of taking control of a game.
The last time we faced the Tigers in Kulin, we had Dean Munns tagging talented Claremont footballer Jye Bolton, which worked to great effect.
It was one of Bolton’s poorer games in what’s been an excellent season for him, including a Simpson Medal for WA on the weekend, so we would expect Munns to have the job again.
Darcy Cameron and former AFL player Beau Maister in the forward line could also trouble us.
We think Tyler Keitel and Nick Rodda will be strong match-ups for those two, but they will definitely have their work cut out for them.
Then there are Claremont’s small forwards, such as Ian Richardson and Jack Bradshaw, who will need to be contained.
The Tigers have plenty of weapons and move the ball well from half back so, again, we’ll be found out if we’re not at our best.
Our list is looking particularly healthy heading into the clash.
It makes it difficult at the selection table, especially when we’re winning, but we could see multiple changes to the side this week from the one that defeated East Perth.
Chris Keunen is now available for ruck duties having played some reserves footy in his return from a broken leg.
Max Duffy, Luke Tedesco, Jay van Berlo and Joel Leeson are also in contention.
So there will be changes, but I don’t imagine we’ll make as many as five; there could be anywhere between one and three, which will be finalised tonight.