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Subiaco holds no fear for Tigers

By Justin Chadwick 14/02/2009 02:57:10 PM Comments (0)

Richmond will be aiming to win their third game on the trot at Subiaco Oval when they open their AFL pre-season campaign against the Dockers in Perth on Sunday.

The Tigers, possessing a host of fleet-footed midfielders, destroyed the Dockers to the tune of 64 points at the venue in round four last year before returning in round 15 to hand the Eagles a 77-point spanking.

"It wasn't too bad last year, we were lucky enough to come away with two wins," Tigers captain Nathan Foley said.

Richmond have named a strong line-up for Sunday's match against the Dockers.

Although former Eagle Ben Cousins, Mark Coughlan and Kane Johnson won't take to the field, Richmond have included the likes of Matthew Richardson, Nathan Brown, Brett Deledio, Richard Tambling and Troy Simmonds in a near full strength squad.

Former Bomber Tom Hislop and former Power midfielder Adam Thomson will debut for the Tigers if they make the final cut.

Fremantle, minus skipper Matthew Pavlich and Chris Tarrant, have named a host of youngsters, led by last year's No.3 pick in the national draft, Stephen Hill.

Paul Hasleby has been included for his first game since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in last year's pre-season competition.

Foley said the team would treat the pre-season competition seriously - without going overboard.

"I think it's the aim to go out and win every game we are presented with," Foley said.

"We are lucky to have a squad that's up and running at the moment so it gives us the luxury of having a large list to pick from.

"We finished really strongly last year, particularly in the second half (of the season).

"We've had a good, solid pre-season and been lucky to have the majority of the group complete a fair bit of the pre-season so taking that in to 2009 will be exciting.

"it's always hard to compare from pre-season to pre-season.

"But blokes who are getting their third and fourth consecutive pre-season in - it's invaluable and come the season proper the blokes who have done that will reap the rewards."

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