Great Southern trio chip in for Claremont

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Subiaco’s Clancy Wheeler has Claremont’s Declan Mountford in a tight grip.
Camera IconSubiaco’s Clancy Wheeler has Claremont’s Declan Mountford in a tight grip. Credit: Nic Ellis

Claremont have fallen eight points short of ladder leaders Subiaco in their league fixture on Sunday despite the best efforts of Great Southern trio Declan Mountford, Dylan Smallwood and Matt Palfrey.

All three played important roles for the Tigers, who kicked four goals in the final quarter as they almost pinched victory off the reigning premiers.

Mountford, who hails from North Albany, was named in the Tigers’ best players after collecting 25 disposals for the fifth time this season.

The midfielder kicked a goal and had 25 touches, six inside 50s and laid an equal game-high 15 tackles.

In an impressive defensive display, Albany product Smallwood took seven marks to go with 13 possessions and four tackles.

Ex-Railways forward Palfrey kicked two goals from his seven disposals and four marks.

Former Albany forward Michael Bennell kicked one goal as his Perth Demons won a thrilling Saturday night league game over South Fremantle.

Bennell had 10 disposals, three marks and three tackles as the Demons cemented their place inside the top five.

On Saturday afternoon, Royals junior Morgan Davies had 19 touches and five marks for East Fremantle’s league side as they beat Swan Districts by 29 points.

Great Southern duo Jordan Reid and Bailey Bennett were named in Claremont’s best players in their four-point reserves win.

Mt Barker’s Reid continued his good form with 12 disposals, six tackles and 16 hit outs.

Bennett, a Railways product, laid nine tackles and gathered 19 possessions in the win.

For the fourth time this season, ex-Railways player Jye Clark amassed 30 disposals or more after he starred in their win over the Lions on Friday night.

Clark averages more than 26 disposals a game this season and finished with 35 touches and five inside 50s to be one of his team’s best players in the 45-point win.

Railways’ Tom Wolfe collected 14 possessions and kicked a goal while Borden’s Anthony Davis (13 disposals, six tackles) and Railways’ Jacob Blight (one goal) also played in the colts team.

The Claremont colts and their Great Southern talent are heading to Albany this week ahead of their round-16 fixture against Perth at Centennial Stadium on Saturday.

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