Tigers can cover for six of their best
Tigers can cover for six of their best

Claremont's depth will allow them to cover for six significant losses to their team for tonight's Foxtel Cup grand final against Werribee at Patersons Stadium, according to coach Marc Webb.

Sandover medallist Luke Blackwell is suspended and the Tigers were also unable to consider gun goal kicker Chad Jones, 150-game utility player Trinity Handley and former Fremantle midfielder Byron Schammer who have been unable to overcome knocks.

West Coast's Tom Swift is in line to play on Saturday, while former Port Adelaide rookie Jesse Laurie has been rested after playing every game since round four.

The WAFL premiers have appealed against Blackwell's three-match ban for striking East Fremantle's Richard Hadley in last Saturday's match, claiming the penalty is too severe.

Hadley suffered a fractured eye socket in the off-the-ball incident, but the Tigers were shocked Blackwell, who pleaded guilty before the WAFL Tribunal, copped the equal longest ban of the season. His appeal is likely to be heard tonight.

Claremont recalled Fremantle's Nick Suban, West Coast's Gerrick Weedon, captain Andrew Browne, former Richmond rookie Alroy Gilligan, Allister Gillespie and Tom Willett.

"We've got a bit of depth which is good," Webb said. "We're pretty comfortable with that. But it's players on the day."

Werribee will have 10 North Melbourne players and former West Coast rookies Will Sullivan and Ben Sharp. But strong-marking forward Tom Lee shapes as one of the keys to Claremont's chances of winning their first Foxtel Cup.

Lee has kicked 40 goals in his last 10 WAFL games but can easily be switched to the other end of the ground if needed. Having spent one year on Adelaide's list as a teenager in 2009, Lee remains hopeful of another tilt at the elite level.

Lee said he was focusing on helping Claremont to win another premiership this year but knew that tonight's game gave players a chance to shine on the national stage.

"My main focus this year is playing well for Claremont and getting us a flag," he said. "But in the back of my mind there's a big thought on what could be the next step for me. That step is AFL footy.

"We get in the eye of the two local clubs a bit but it's good to have the Foxtel Cup to go on the national stage and hopefully get the attention of the other 16 clubs."

Beaten by Williamstown in last year's inaugural Foxtel Cup grand final, Claremont have an average winning margin of 80 points in their three Foxtel wins in 2012.

Today's game starts at 7.35pm. Entry is free.

  • SQUADS *

  • Claremont *: N Suban, J Thomson, A Gilligan, T Lee, A Silvagni, J Murphy, A Holt, L Stevenson, B Nisbett, J Morton, D Crawford, G Weedon, A Browne, A Gillespie, A Foster, A Ruck, R Walton, K Mitchell, T Willett, J McGovern, J Bradshaw, I Richardson.

  • Werribee *: L Harding, K Hartigan, B Mangan, M O'Dwyer, A Kennedy, W Sierakowski, S Sherlock, M Lynch, B Speight, B Warren, B McKinley, J Mather, B Ross, C Pedersen, R Castello, M Daw, L Greenwood, B Sharp, J Bolton, W Sullivan, T Ruggles, S Wormald.

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