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Royals Wulff set for 200-game milestone
Royals' Wulff set for 200-game milestone

Craig Wulff will reach a major personal milestone this weekend but will have to wait at least a few more weeks to have a crack at his ultimate goal.

The veteran will play his 200th game when East Perth take on co-tenants Subiaco at Medibank Stadium tomorrow in a match they must win to keep fifth-placed West Perth at arm's length.

In a career spanning 11 years with the Royals, Wulff has played in finals, won two best-and-fairest awards and captained his State.

But as the season reaches a climax, the 29-year-old's focus is set solely on capturing an elusive premiership medal.

East Perth have not won a flag since completing a hat trick of triumphs from 2000-2002.

The last in that sequence came in the same season that Wulff made his league debut and was part of the club's successful colts team.

Despite Claremont's clear lead at the top of the ladder, Wulff believes the premiership race is wide open and that this season represents one of the Royals' best chances of success in his time at the club.

"We've beaten every team that's in the top four at the moment," Wulff said. "We've beaten Claremont once (in round 12) and they beat us by four or five points the other time (round one).

"We're definitely not scared of any other team and we think our best football is equal to any other team's best football."

East Perth's mettle is sure to be tested over the final three weeks of the home-and-away season.

They have lost four of their past five games against Subiaco, including a 37-point defeat in round 15, and take on fellow finals hopefuls East Fremantle and West Perth.

"We've had a lot of good, close games (against Subiaco) over the last few years and their form is a lot better than what (results) show," Wulff said.

"They beat us last time by five or six goals so we're definitely not going to take them lightly.

"As long as we do everything right and follow our structures, game plans and team rules, we should be fine."

Goalsneak Anthony Tsalikis will be awarded life membership at West Perth when he lines up for his 150th senior game against East Fremantle on Sunday.

Tsalikis, 29, has been restricted to just 13 WAFL games and two in the Foxtel Cup this season.

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