Lamont makes his Eagles debut

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Sam Lamont at Eagles training.
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After a four-year hiatus at WAFL level, Royals junior Sam Lamont returned to State league action when he made his long-awaited debut for the West Coast Eagles on Sunday at HBF Arena.

Lamont was signed by the Eagles as a top-up player in their stand-alone WAFL league team but an ankle injury derailed his bid to play for his new side in the early part of the season.

Strong form with his amateur club North Beach in recent weeks helped Lamont earn a debut with the Eagles against West Perth.

Lamont, 25, last played in the WAFL in 2014 when he played 17 reserves games for Claremont and in his return collected nine disposals in the Eagles’ 36-point loss.

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He had three kicks and six handballs to go with two marks and three tackles in his maiden appearance in Eagles colours.

Lamont’s only other league appearance at WAFL level came when he played a Foxtel Cup game for Claremont in 2003 against West Adelaide.

The Eagles sit at the bottom of the league ladder with only two wins from their first nine games.

Ex-Royals midfielder Morgan Davies continues his impressive season with East Fremantle since switching from Claremont.

Davies had 22 touches and seven marks and laid five tackles for the Sharks in their 62-point victory over East Perth.

The 22-year-old is averaging 20 disposals per game at the Sharks and has played in all nine league games thus far.

Ongerup-bred defender Angus Litherland was part of Subiaco’s outstanding backline that kept Perth to a single goal in their trouncing of the Demons on Saturday. Litherland gathered 15 possessions as the Demons managed only 1.4 for the entire match.

Albany product Michael Bennell responded well to being dropped to the reserves for Perth, among their best players in the loss to the Lions. He kicked one goal but provided front-half pressure with eight tackles and 15 disposals.

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