Preview: Rd. 8 vs. Claremont

Medibank Stadium
Sat, 5 May 2012 2:10PM
Head to Head
Played: 260   Subiaco: 136 Claremont: 123         Draws: 1
At Medibank Stadium
Played: 10      Subiaco: 8      Claremont: 2
Last Meeting – Grand Final, 2011 at Paterson’s Stadium
Claremont 19.13 (127) def. Subiaco 10.11 (71)

 

Revenge will not be in the forefront of Subiaco’s mind in the grand final replay against Claremont but rather a turn around in form after two disappointing losses.

Subiaco lost to Claremont in last year’s premiership decider, but what is fresher in the Lions' memory is two lackluster performances with a three-point loss to Perth and five-goal wet weather shellacking at the hands of co-tenant East Perth.

Claremont’s form hasn’t been impenetrable itself with the flag fancy dropping two games this year to East Fremantle in round 3 and Swan Districts in round 6.

Subiaco forward Callum Sinclair said this week is all about the team’s response to the past fortnight.

“To be honest the last couple of weeks have been incredibly disappointing from our point of view. It was such a great start to the year and to drop two in a row is never ideal. As Subiaco football club we expect to be up around the top of the table,” he said.

“We’ve lost the little things in our game the attitude and the intent, that’s really hurt us.

“Injuries haven’t helped. Losing quality players like George Hampson who provides a lot of run especially through the middle of the ground. Ben Randall offers some stability down back and definitely leadership.

“It’s not ideal having such good players out.”

Again Subiaco will be sweating on whether several key players who have missed recent games will get up for the grand final replay.

George Hampson and Ben Randall to undertake Thursday night fitness tests.

While Darren Rumble remains on a long-term recovery plan from illness.

This fixture likely to send one team clear atop the WAFL ladder while the loser is likely to slip into the mid-table top-four congestion.

“It now becomes very important that we get four points this week,” said Sinclair.

“At the start of the year teams probably didn’t expect us to come out the way we did, the first kind of four games and as the season comes on, teams are going to do a little bit more research on us so maybe that’s caught us on the back foot.

“This weekend is all about our response. No one can shy away from the fact that we’ve been pretty ordinary over the past few weeks but we need to respond back and let the competition know that we have started well and we are going to stay there.”

Bouncedown is at 2.10pm for League, with colts and reserves back to their regular 9.10am and 11.40am timeslots. You can listen to the game live on 990 Information Radio.

 

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