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Andrews back in hunt for Tigers
Andrews back in hunt for Tigers

Premiership ruckman Mitch Andrews will play his first league game since round 12 when Claremont host Subiaco at Claremont Oval today.

Andrews was one of the Tigers' best players, amassing 47 hit-outs, when they beat the Lions by 56 points in last year's grand final.

The 25-year-old has played the past seven games in the reserves, returning to his best form with 40 hit-outs in a five-point win against Swan Districts last round.

Andrew Ruck, who took Andrews' place in the league side, will line up in the reserves today.

Claremont football manager Dean Horsington said Andrews had remained positive during his time in the lower grade.

"Mitch stayed committed for that period when he was in the reserves," Horsington said.

"He never dropped his head, kept training hard and playing as well as he could and now gets another opportunity."

Defender Lewis Stevenson is expected to come into the Claremont team today after being overlooked by West Coast last night.

Prolific SANFL goal kicker Brant Chambers won back his place at the Lions after booting eight goals in the reserves.

West Coast's Quinten Lynch will play for West Perth against East Perth at Medibank Stadium.

The 29-year-old finished with 33 possessions, 10 marks and two goals when he lined up for the Falcons in round 23 of the 2010 season.

Experienced West Perth defender Dustin Burns will miss the match with a hamstring injury. Royals Josh Smith and Kyal Anderson are out because of general soreness.

·East Fremantle veteran Leith Teakle will retire at the end of the season.

The 29-year-old, who was recruited from Geraldton club Brigades, has notched 162 games since making his WAFL debut in 2003.