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WAFL: Eagles set for Tiger tussle

Jack Petruccelle will line up for the WAFL Eagles on Sunday

West Coast’s season will go on the line for a second time when they take on Claremont at Revo Fitness Stadium on Sunday.

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The WAFL Eagles earned their maiden semi-final berth with a thrilling win over West Perth, which was secured in the dying minutes courtesy of an audacious coast-to-coast play capped off by a brilliant Brady Grey goal.

The Tigers finished third in the home-and-away season but were bettered by the Bulldogs in last week’s qualifying final.

The Eagles went 1-1 against the Tigers in the regular season and will hold no fears of playing at Revo Fitness Stadium after recording a tight win at the venue back in round four.

The Tigers will field an imposing midfield featuring Sandover medallists Kane Mitchell and Jye Bolton.

Mitchell has played all 19 games this season, leading the competition for disposals with an average of 31.2 disposals per game.

Season 2019 has been another impressive one for Bolton, who is averaging 28.9 disposals per game.

Claremont will also have plenty of experience up forward with Thomas Lee (31 goals this season) and Ian Richardson (24 goals) named in the starting 22.

However, they will be without clever goal sneak Jack Bradshaw (25 goals), who has been ruled out of the contest with a knee injury.

Brayden Ainsworth and Mitchel Curnow will miss Sunday’s clash due to injury, but exciting talents Liam Duggan, Jack Petruccelle and Nic Reid are all set to return for the WAFL Eagles.

Keegan Brooksby and Bailey Williams have formed a potent ruck combination in the second half of the season.

But they will be put to the test when they come up against Tigers’ big man Jeremy Goddard, who has averaged a league-best 39.4 hitouts per game this year.

The most recent meeting between the two sides occurred in round eight when the Tigers ran out 31-point winners at Optus Stadium.

The winner of Sunday’s match will take on the loser of South Fremantle and Subiaco in a preliminary final.

Bouncedown is at 2.10pm at Revo Fitness Stadium.