Claremont stock up on local talent
Almost half of Claremont’s colts team will be Great Southern talent when they take part in the WAFL colts blockbuster against Perth at Centennial Stadium on Saturday night.
On the back of the success of last year’s WAFL league game between the Tigers and South Fremantle, Claremont pushed to bring another game to their zoned regional area.
The Tigers and Demons round 16 clash will be played at Albany’s premier sports facility to make it two WAFL matches in as many years.
Twelve Great Southern-linked players are expected to run out for the Tigers in a massive boost to the significance of the game along with a stack of State 18s representatives.
Current colts listed players Tom Baldwin, Ted Batchelor, Jacob Blight, Anthony Davis, Tom Wolfe, Jye Clark, Rivah Bocian, Hayden Parker and Nelson Kent will lead the Great Southern contingent.
Nic Finlay is the unlucky Great Southern player. He will miss through injury, while Bocian will make his debut for the Tigers.
The Tigers will also blood local trio Kalin Lane, Alex Pearce and Kieran Gowdie who have impressed for the Great Southern Storm and been brought in to add to the Great Southern flavour.
Lane, Pearce and Gowdie will also make their WAFL colts debut in the fixture.
It will still be a very strong Tigers outfit, who sit third on the ladder, with State 18s contingent Ronin O’Connor, Cameron Anderson, Joel Western and Jack Buller making the trip.
Liam Henry is unavailable due to returning to Derby for school holidays and Callum Jamieson is sore and has been rested, that pair having also played State 18s for WA.
Claremont talent manager Warren Parker said it was a significant step to bring a colts game to their zoned region. “The opportunity for us to bring a WAFL colts match to our Great Southern region is something we are extremely excited about,” Parker said.
“Not only do we get the opportunity to debut a number of locally based Great Southern Storm boys, but we get to bring a number of local products back home to the region to play in front of friends and family which is really unique.
“Perth will bring a strong side and we will need to be at our very best on the day to take away the four points.
“I’m anticipating a really good contest and hope the two sides can give a really good example of the standard of WAFL colts football.”
Entry is free at Centennial Stadium with the colts game starting at 5pm following two lead-up exhibition games.
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