Claremont captain Andrew Browne has been ruled out of the grand final after scans last night showed that he had torn a hamstring during the second semifinal win over Swan Districts.
Browne will suffer the same heartache as ex-skipper Clancy Rudeforth who could not play in the 2010 grand final despite making a brave attempt to overcome a broken jaw suffered in the second semi against Swans that season.
While Rudeforth tried for two weeks to prove his fitness, Browne has accepted that he will not be able to recover before the grand final.
"Both Andrew and the club did not want any distractions as we prepare for the grand final," football manager Dean Horsington said. "If he is not fit to play we just have to accept that."
But Swans had significant good news from the WAFL report review panel yesterday with important trio Ash Hansen, Tallan Ames and Graham Jetta cleared to play in the preliminary final against East Fremantle at Steel Blue Oval on Sunday.
Hansen accepted the offer of a reprimand for his late contact on Claremont defender James Thomson on Saturday while defenders Ames and Jetta were cleared of rough conduct charges.
The vision of Ames' late spoil on Chad Jones was inconclusive but the panel decided against sending the matter to the WAFL Tribunal.
Jetta was reported by seven umpires over his bump on Tigers wingman Kane Mitchell but the vision showed that he was simply turning his body to protect himself after getting to the ball a split second before the Claremont player