Davies shines in Tigers midfield

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Claremont’s Morgan Davies (right) was vital in his sides win at the weekend.
Camera IconClaremont’s Morgan Davies (right) was vital in his sides win at the weekend. Credit: Steve Ferrier

Emerging midfielder Morgan Davies was instrumental in Claremont scoring a come-from- behind win over East Fremantle in the WAFL fixture at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Playing in his 15th league game, the former Royals midfielder was terrific around the stoppages as the Tigers came from 27 points down in the second term to record a tense four-point victory.

Davies finished with 25 disposals, five marks, five tackles and eight inside 50s and a vital goal in the third term.

Ex-Railways tall Matt Palfrey returned to the Tigers league side after missing round 1 through suspension and he also kicked one major from 10 possessions.

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Mt Barker wingman Russell Wynne made his league debut against Davies and Palfrey, a late inclusion to the Sharks senior team. The 21-year-old had nine touches and two marks.

On Sunday at HBF Arena, former Mt Barker forward Ben Saunders opened his goal tally for 2018 as South Fremantle edged out West Perth by eight points.

The three-time Bernie Naylor medallist booted three goals from 10 possessions and five marks.

Royals junior Steven Edwards collected 18 touches and eight marks in the back half for the winners.

Former Royals duo Hamish McMorran and Tyron Smallwood were both named in the best players as the Tigers colts went down to the Sharks by 36 points.

Smallwood had 28 disposals and laid seven tackles, while McMorran gave a lively presence around the ground with 10 possessions and four marks.

Ex-Railways midfielder Bailey Bennett had 20 touches and two goals to be among the Tigers reserves’ best, while for the opposition Jesse Wynne, who played at North Albany last season, kicked 2.1 from 18 touches.

Michael Bennell, who played with Albany, continued his strong early season form with three majors for Perth’s reserves as they beat Peel Thunder by 22 points.

Meanwhile, seven youngsters represented the Great Southern Football League on Saturday night at Optus Stadium in a WA Country Football League country colts curtain-raiser.

Lachy O’Shea, Ted Batchelor, Taj Williams (North Albany), Tom Wolfe (Railways), Fraser Eaton, Bryce Blaszkow (Albany) and Hayden Parker (Denmark-Walpole) all played in the match.

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