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Claremont reserves side fall short of grand final berth after preliminary final defeat at the hands of Subiaco

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Claremont's Keiran Gowdie takes a strong mark.
Camera IconClaremont's Keiran Gowdie takes a strong mark. Credit: Michael O'Brien

The season is over for Claremont’s reserves, after they were defeated by Subiaco in the preliminary final on Sunday.

The Tigers trailed by only six points at half-time at New Choice Homes Park but the Lions produced a dominant second half to secure a grand final berth as they ran out 39-point winners.

After a promising second quarter the Tigers were kept to only one goal in the last half, as their season came to an end with an 11.6 (72) to 4.9 (33) loss.

Albany ruckman Keiran Gowdie was superb for the losing side, doing his best to get the Tigers across the line.

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Gowdie has enjoyed a terrific season at senior level which included playing 12 league games.

He was a dominant figure at the stoppages, collecting 16 possessions to go with seven marks, seven inside 50s and 32 hit-outs.

North Albany junior Talon Delacey was omitted from the Tigers’ league team after playing in their winning semifinal side.

He finished with 16 touches, 10 tackles and three inside 50s in his return to the reserves.

In his second game of the year, ex-Albany and Royals ball winner Morgan Davies gathered 15 disposals and five marks.

North Albany’s Alex Pearce (15 possessions) and Railways duo Bailey Bennett (10 touches and seven marks) and Jacob Blight (10 disposals) did not have their usual impact.

Railways forward Coen Jackman had five possessions but kicked one of the Tigers’ four goals.

The Tigers finished second on the ladder in the reserves.

The Lions have come from fourth to reach the decider against minor premiers West Perth.

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