Claremont reserves containing four Great Southern players go down in decider for second straight season

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Claremont’s Corey Hitchcock takes a strong mark ahead of East Perth’s Harley Sparks.
Camera IconClaremont’s Corey Hitchcock takes a strong mark ahead of East Perth’s Harley Sparks. Credit: WAFL

Claremont reserves have fallen short at the final hurdle, losing the WAFL grand final to East Perth by 29 points at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday morning.

For the second straight year the Tigers reserves side were unable to hold the premiership cup aloft.

Four Great Southern players were part of the Tigers grand final team.

Railways product Bailey Bennett and North Albany junior Corey Hitchcock have lost the past two reserves deciders while Railways’ Jye Clark and Borden’s Anthony Davis were also a part of Sunday’s reserves side after being part of the colts premiership last season.

Claremont’s Bailey Bennett looks for options.
Camera IconClaremont’s Bailey Bennett looks for options. Credit: WAFL

The Royals capped off an impressive reserves season after finishing minor premiers, bursting out of the blocks on the big stage.

At half-time they had the only five goals of the match and despite the Tigers booting three goals to one in the third term to reduce the margin to 21 points, the Royals kicked away in the final term to secure the 9.12 (66) to 5.7 (37) win.

Davis was omitted from the league team and was outstanding contributor in the backline for the Tigers before being swung forward at times in the second half.

Bennett worked hard through the midfield along with Clark on a wing and Hitchcock provided a strong target up forward but was unable to hit the scoreboard.

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