Claremont colts finish second to set up qualifying final showdown with East Perth

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Mt Barker’s Arthur Jones returned from PSA football to star for Claremont colts on Saturday.
Camera IconMt Barker’s Arthur Jones returned from PSA football to star for Claremont colts on Saturday. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper

Mt Barker’s Arthur Jones produced a terrific display for Claremont colts in his return from Public Schools Association commitments, as the Tigers lost their final game of the regular season on Saturday.

Jones was named in the Tigers’ best players as they went down by nine points to Swan Districts in the top-of-the-table clash.

The silky Jones played his first WAFL match since the middle of July and was impressive on a wing in the 9.10 (64) to 7.13 (55) to loss.

His side still finished the regular season in second spot. The Mt Barker and Wesley product gathered 21 disposals and sent the ball inside 50 eight times.

Railways and Albany small forward Henrick Alforque also returned to the Tigers colts side to collect eight disposals and lay six tackles.

Bailey Bennett played just his second game of the season for the Tigers reserves in their powerful 84-point victory over the Swans.

The Railways junior racked up 15 touches, laid five tackles, had four inside-50s and kicked a goal in a terrific return.

Albany and Royals product Tyron Smallwood booted two goals from 17 disposals while North Albany junior Alex Pearce also had a big influence with 23 possessions, nine marks, four inside-50s and a goal.

Railways’ Jacob Blight (16 disposals and six marks) and Albany’s Kieran Gowdie (11 touches and 20 hit-outs) were also big contributors.

North Albany product and Tigers co-captain Declan Mountford and Borden’s Anthony Davis were among the Tigers’ best players in the league.

Mountford picked up 20 touches, three marks and three inside-50s in the 22-point win while Davis had 12 touches and two marks in defence against the Swans.

Gnowangerup’s Timm House finished with eight possessions, six marks and a goal while Jerramungup and Royals junior Tom Baldwin gathered 18 disposals and five marks.

Royals tall forward Tom Edwards kicked a goal in his return to the league team for the Swans and had 12 touches, two marks, three tackles and three inside 50s.

North Albany’s Jack Steel kicked two goals for Perth in their 50-point league loss to West Perth.

Ongerup’s Angus Dewar had 18 disposals, three marks and three tackles for Subiaco’s league side in their narrow four-point win over Peel Thunder.

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