Electric Bennell powers Perth past Eagles

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West Coast’s Francis Watson tires to spoil Perth’s Michael Bennell.
Camera IconWest Coast’s Francis Watson tires to spoil Perth’s Michael Bennell. Credit: Jackson Flindell

Electric forward Michael Bennell has picked up where he left off last season, after a match-winning performance for Perth in the opening round of the WAFL season on Saturday.

Bennell, who played with Albany in the Great Southern Football League, kicked 26 goals in 11 league appearances for the Demons last year and he starred with four majors against the West Coast Eagles on Saturday to start their 2019 campaign on the right note.

Playing against a side that contained 19 AFL-listed players, the Demons finished comfortable 46-point winners as Bennell bagged four goals in a telling display.

The livewire had only eight disposals for the match but was threatening every time he was involved kicking 4.2, laying seven tackles and taking four marks.

Royals product Sam Lamont has joined the Eagles as a top-up player this season and was in their initial squad of 25 for the round 1 clash. Lamont was squeezed out of the final 22 and returned to play a hand in North Beach kickstarting their Perth Football League season with a 33-point win over Trinity Aquinas.

Ongerup-bred Angus Litherland was solid in defence as reigning premiers Subiaco began the new season with a thumping 79-point win over East Perth.

Angus Litherland kicks clear for Subiaco.
Camera IconAngus Litherland kicks clear for Subiaco. Credit: Trevor Collens

Litherland had nine disposals and two marks in the triumph.

At Claremont Oval, Great Southern trio Matt Palfrey and brothers Dylan and Tyron Smallwood were all influential in the Tigers league team, beating East Fremantle by 78 points.

Former Railways forward Palfrey booted three important goals from nine possessions while Royals product Tyron Smallwood also hit the scoreboard with three majors to go with 11 touches and three inside 50s.

Dylan Smallwood was terrific down back, repelling the Sharks on numerous occasions as he finished with nine disposals, four marks and four tackles.

In his WAFL return, ex-North Albany midfielder Declan Mountford collected 20 disposals for the Tigers.

Railways junior Jye Clark was named in the Tigers colts best players, gathering 19 disposals and laying four tackles. The Tigers went down by two points to the Sharks with Great Southern players Anthony Davis and Tom Baldwin (19 touches, two goals) also featuring. Railways pair Tom Wolfe and Jacob Blight made their WAFL colts debuts.

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