McNamara earns league call-up with Claremont

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Declan McNamara, pictured here for Royals, made his league debut at the weekend.
Camera IconDeclan McNamara, pictured here for Royals, made his league debut at the weekend. Credit: Laurie Benson

Former Royals midfielder Declan McNamara has become the latest Great Southern player to make his league debut for Claremont after being brought in to play his first league game against Perth on Saturday.

McNamara has impressed in the reserves this season and earned his league call-up after a 16-possession and nine-tackle performance last week.

The 19-year-old was solid on debut as he collected 13 disposals, four marks, four tackles and had three inside 50s.

He was joined in the Tigers league team by Great Southern duo Morgan Davies (Royals) and Beau Maister (Railways).

Maister was terrific up forward as he booted four goals from 12 touches and six marks to be a real focal point for his side.

Davies finished with 12 disposals as the Tigers, who led for most of the contest, lost in the dying minutes to the Demons by a single point.

Livewire forward Jesse Wynne, who spent last season with North Albany, kicked two goals in his third league game with East Fremantle, but his side suffered a heavy 88-point defeat.

Playing as a small forward, Wynne had 10 possessions and five inside 50s in a lively display.

Triple Bernie Naylor medallist and Mt Barker junior Ben Saunders kicked two goals for South Fremantle before coming from the ground with another hamstring injury but his side went on to record a comfortable win over East Perth.

Ex-Albany utility Michael Bennell continued his outstanding form to start the WAFL season.

Bennell was included in the Demons league squad this week but played reserves, kicking three goals to take his tally to 13 in six games.

The agile big man had 11 touches and laid six tackles to go with his 3.2 as the Demons lost by 14 points.

For the Tigers, Railways product Bailey Bennett was among their best with a game-high 13 tackles as he gathered 11 possessions and kicked two goals. Meanwhile in the NEAFL, former North Albany ruckman Darcy Cameron was again in the best for Sydney’s reserves side as they thumped Southport by 88 points.

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