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Tigers set for mass changes



Claremont is bracing for up to 18 changes for it's round two clash with Subiaco, with a covid-19 outbreak sweeping through the club this week.


The Tigers defeated West Perth by 4 points in a tight encounter with West Perth on Good Friday in round one, but will field a very different looking side against the reigning premiers in their first home game of the season on Saturday, according to coach Ash Prescott.


"I think we'll debut nine players on the weekend at this stage," Prescott told Sports Breakfast on Thursday.


"We are looking at 16-18 changes. We're really comfortable that our style and system can produce regardless of personnel.


"We are playing against one of the best state league football teams in Australia, so obviously it's going to be a challenge but one we're looking forward to."


Prescott confirmed that Zac Mainwaring, son of late Eagles premiership star Chris will make his senior WAFL debut after five goals in the reserves last week.


"Zac will play. I spoke to him last night. He thoroughly deserves his opportunity," he said.


"Regardless of availability this week he was pushing really hard for a spot and showed his class in the pre-season games."


Prescott remained open minded to the prospect of the match been rescheduled should the WA Football Commission take that stance.


"I think there is potential for it. No other second tier sporting competitions has continued through a pandemic phase. It is unique we are playing through it."


"We are going through unfamiliar territory and these young players will urgently want to get back post having an infection.


"We need to make sure these players are physically capable that they are right. We need to monitor it and if it gets to the stage the safety of the players or the competition in to disrepute to some degree we might have to make a decision."


You will hear Claremont and Subiaco on Saturday at Revo Fitness Stadium on 91.3 Sport FM from 1:40 PM, bouncedown at 2:10 PM.


IMAGE: The West Australian.