Goalsneak Palfrey on target for Claremont

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Matt Palfrey celebrates a goal in NAIDOC Round.
Camera IconMatt Palfrey celebrates a goal in NAIDOC Round. Credit: Claremont FC

Railways junior Matt Palfrey has kicked two vital goals as Claremont won their NAIDOC Round encounter with South Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Palfrey forced his way back into the Tigers league side after a starring seven-goal effort in the reserves back in round 10 and has kicked five goals in the last three league games.

The 23-year-old finished with 2.1 from 11 disposals and six marks while he also had three inside 50s as the Tigers came from behind at half-time to win by 16 points.

In a game where his teammate Ryan Lim recorded 18 tackles, former North Albany midfielder Declan Mountford laid 11 tackles of his own.

Mountford, delisted by North Melbourne at the end of last season, gathered 20 touches and five marks in a sturdy midfield performance that moved his side a game clear in second place on the ladder.

Albany product Dylan Smallwood was the other Great Southern footballer playing at league level for the Tigers, the defender finishing with 11 possessions.

Ex-Albany forward Michael Bennell managed only one goal for Perth in their league loss to West Perth on Saturday.

Bennell collected eight disposals, laid six tackles and had four inside 50s but his Demons went down by 31 points.

Ball magnet Morgan Davies again found plenty of the footy for East Fremantle but his side were thumped by Subiaco.

Davies, who hails from Royals, had 22 disposals and eight marks in the Sharks’ heavy defeat.

Great Southern’s Angus Litherland gathered 13 touches for the ladder-leading Lions.

Mt Barker’s Jordan Reid was named in the best players for Claremont’s reserves as they beat the Bulldogs by 15 points.

Reid playing as a ruckman, finished with 30 hit-outs for the second time this season and adding to that had 13 possessions and laid 10 tackles.

Denmark-Walpole junior Jesse Laurie collected 16 touches while Railways product Bailey Bennett had 14 touches, eight marks and kicked a goal.

Great Southern talent Tyron Smallwood was dropped to the reserves and responded with 14 disposals, four tackles and a goal.

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