A new-look Claremont side will take the first step towards notching a third consecutive WAFL premiership in the game against South Fremantle at Claremont Oval today.
Twelve players from the side which beat East Fremantle by 26 points in last year's grand final will line up against the Bulldogs, eight having also played in 2011 when the Tigers beat Subiaco by 56-points in the season decider.
David Crawford, Ian Richardson, Jake Murphy, Mitch Andrews, Trinity Handley, Andrew Foster, Byron Schammer and Luke Blackwell all played in the 2011 and 2012 premierships.
Among those missing from the triumphant 2012 team are AFL draft picks Kane Mitchell (Port Adelaide), Lewis Stevenson (Port Adelaide) and Tom Lee (St Kilda), as well as retired midfielders Tom Swift and Rory Walton.
Dual Bernie Naylor medallist Chad Jones, a member of the 2011 and 2012 grand final teams, will play in the reserves today after a limited pre-season campaign.
The Tigers' match committee hope Jones will benefit from a solid hit-out in the reserves and be available for Claremont's next game, against Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval on March 30.
Tigers captain Andrew Browne, missing from last year's grand final side due to injury, was named for along with prized recruit Mark Seaby and former St Kilda squad member Nick Winmar.
Ex-Port Adelaide SANFL midfielder Mitch Banner was included for the Bulldogs, as well as Mitch Carter, who spent a year on Carlton's rookie list in 2011.
Perth included AFL recruits Chance Bateman (Hawthorn) and Kyle Reimers (Essendon) for the match against Peel at Brownes Stadium.
A top temperature of 32C has been forecast, and clubs will be allowed an extra player today due to the league's heat policy.WAFL operations manager Cameron Knapton said it was in the best interest of the players, clubs and competition to implement the heat policy.
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