Preview: Battle of the big cats

Reece Blechynden tackles Luke Blackwell in the round 14 match between the two sides. PHOTO - CAM WEDEMEYER - SUBIACO FC / twenty5six.com

Claremont Oval

Sat, 01 Sep 2012 2:10 PM

Head to Head

Played:262   Claremont: 125        Subiaco: 136            Draws: 1

At Claremont Oval

Played: 121   Claremont: 60         Subiaco: 60   Draws: 1

Last Meeting – Round 14, 2012 at Medibank Stadium

Subiaco 15.6 (96)def by Claremont 16.13 (109)

LAST FIVE:

Subiaco:L L W L L    Claremont: W W W W L

 

SUBIACO will be out to prove a point when they face Claremont in their final game of 2012.

The Lions have twice been extremely competitive against the Tigers only to let the reigning premiers run over the top of them late.

In round 8, Claremont maintained a steady three-goal lead for most of the day before they responded to a Subiaco challenge by ending the contest with a five-goal burst.

One of Subiaco's most disappointing performances of the season came in round 14 when they appeared to have an unassailable lead over the Tigers only to be swamped by five-goal-to-none final term.

It was a loss that ended Subiaco's serious finals hopes for the season and saved Claremont from a three-game mid-season form slump.

The rivalry between the two clubs is underwritten by numerous sub-plots including last year's grand final, former Subiaco dual premiership captain Marc Webb now coaching the Tigers and being the closest of geographical rivals.

Many of Webb's former premiership teammates including current captain Parker in Subiaco's team.

Colts bounce down is at 9.30am, reserves 11.40am and League 2.10pm.

 

MATCH KEYS:

Mate against mate:

While many of his former Premiership teammates such as Rob Forrest and Ben Randall are out with injury, Webb was an assistant coach at Subiaco last year under Chris Waterman and knows the intricacies of the Lions players and game plans well.

Stop the run:

Claremont is the most forward running team in the competition. Subiaco had them on toast in round 14 because they outhunted them in the contested ball and used it well once they had won it – for the first two and a half quarters. Almost like a golfer with the yips, Subiaco began to turn over the ball when going forward and Claremont's free running midfielders were an attacking position rather than being exposed defensively.

Make an impact:

Out of the finals race, Subiaco could still have some impact on how September may play out if they were to upset flag-fancy Claremont. Having locked up a top-two spot due to their fair superior percentage, Claremont will be looking to secure a home final against either Swan Districts or East Fremantle in week one of the finals. The Lions have different ideas with thoughts of consigning the Tigers to an away first final and taking something for themselves to get them through pre-season. 

 

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