Tigers turn up the heat for fi­nals run

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Looklocal -

CLARE­MONT Foot­ball Club mid­field stars Jye Bolton and Ryan Lim say play­ers are us­ing the bye week to in­crease their fit­ness lev­els ahead of their push for a fi­nals birth.

Bolton (25) and Lim (21) are av­er­ag­ing more than 25 dis­pos­als in their 15 games played in the WAFL this year.

The seventh-placed Tigers will play sixth-placed East Perth at Clare­mont Oval this Satur­day.

Both teams sit on 24 points and are just one game out­side the top five.

Bolton, the reign­ing San­dover medal­list and Tigers best and fairest, said play­ers un­der­stood what they needed to do to pre­pare well dur­ing the week off.

“It gives some guys a chance to rest up and launch into the last few games of the sea­son and it gives other blokes a bit of a chance to up their fit­ness over the break and in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity for the back end (of the sea­son),” he said.

“We have been re­ally try­ing to up our con­tested ball, our pres­sure and our hunt around the footy and just try­ing to turn it over as close as we can in front of our goal; that is what we will be fo­cus­ing on mainly.”

Bolton said the Roy­als team changed reg­u­larly as it was de­pen­dent on West Coast Ea­gles’ se­lec­tion process.

Lim said the fix­ture worked in the Tigers’ favour.

“In the last five games, we play ev­ery­one else that is close to us on the lad­der,” he said.

“That will be a real good test for us. If we win those games, it will prove that we do de­serve to make fi­nals, but on the flip­side, if we lose, we prob­a­bly do not de­serve to make it.”

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