WAFL: Tigers hope to show claws against Swan Districts

CLAREMONT will be seeking redemption tomorrow in round 7, after a disappointing 55-point loss to Subiaco last weekend.

The Tigers travel to Bassendean Oval to take on a fresh Swan Districts side in a bid to break their two-game losing streak.

Despite leading by 19 points at the first break, the Tigers managed just two more major scores after quarter time, with a goalless second and fourth term.

The late withdrawals of Tom Lee (shoulder) and Matt Davies (hamstring) did not help the Tigers, however Jye Bolton did not let the knee injury he suffered two weeks earlier stop him.

Zac Langdon and Tom Shanahan failed to recover in time from concussion, meaning Haydn Busher, Harrison McCracken, Matthew Palfrey and Morgan Davies got the call up.

Keifer Yu (players’ player award), Anton Hamp and Ryan Murphy continued their excellent form in defence, while Bailey Banfield (27 disposals, one goal) and Ryan Lim (10 tackles) battled manfully.

Ruckman Mitch Andrews racked up 60 hit outs, playing one of his career best games.

Forwards Ian Richardson and Jack Bradshaw each kicked two goals; however, it was a case of deja vu for the Tigers as they were again unable to convert on the scoreboard.

Subiaco were led by a consistent Chris Phelan (34 disposals, 10 tackles, 11 inside 50s, a goal), and found themselves level with Claremont at half time.

Lions forwards Liam Ryan warned the Tigers of what was to come in the second half of the game, kicking three of his five goals in the third quarter.

Bradshaw kicked his second goal and Claremont’s first since the end of the first quarter.

A second to Richardson kept Claremont in the competition at the last break, trailing by just 12 points.

However, the Lions were too strong in the last quarter, running away with eight goals and three points to the Tigers’ two points.

Subiaco has a bye this weekend before also facing Swan Districts in round 8.