Claremont coach Marc Webb is hopeful captain Andrew Browne will be available when the Tigers tackle East Perth in Sunday's preliminary final.
Browne, who has not played since he dislocated his shoulder against Swan Districts in round 22, was a late withdrawal from yesterday's line-up for the second semifinal against West Perth.
His absence was sorely felt by Claremont as they struggled to effectively move the ball from defence for much of the game.
Webb was hopeful, rather than confident, Browne would play against the Royals in the Tigers' last match at Claremont Oval before it is redeveloped.
"We really need him," he said. "He probably just put his hand up late to say he wasn't right this week so I would hope he would be ready next week because it is a really important game."
A disappointed Webb said his side, which had gone into the match raging favourites to qualify for a fourth straight grand final, had been outplayed all day by the Falcons.
"Their kicking kept us in it, really," he said.
"They came out and wanted it more so we have got a big challenge ahead of us to make sure that the group we select next week actually have that in them to make sure they fight hard to get where we need to go."
Webb denied that the Tigers' inexperienced players had been exposed.
"You can say that's a factor but we have had a pretty cohesive group," he said.
"I just thought some of our intent indicators were poor.
"It wasn't just our young players, it was within the group so we have got to change a few things there to make sure we don't allow sides to work through us like that."
Webb said the loss had highlighted a few deficiencies that had been glossed over in recent weeks, but believed Claremont could respond.
"It is one of those things, if you dwell on it too long you forgot about a lot of the good things you have done during the year," he said. "We will make sure we look after ourselves, we focus and not gloss over certain areas but get ready for next week because we have still got an opportunity to make a grand final."
Claremont's woes were not confined to the scoreboard, with Matt Davies reported for charging Steve Potente.
The Falcons also face an anxious wait on two key players - Josh Mellington and Steven Browne.
Mellington went into the book after colliding heavily with Nick Winmar in the first term.Browne, a former Carlton utility player, had his number taken for engaging rough conduct against Andrew Foster in the frenetic final term.