Mountford instrumental in Tigers win

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Claremont’s Declan Mountford gets wrapped up by Peel’s Stefan Giro.
Camera IconClaremont’s Declan Mountford gets wrapped up by Peel’s Stefan Giro. Credit: Nic Ellis

Former North Melbourne midfielder Declan Mountford continued his strong start to the season, playing an instrumental role in Claremont’s 19-point league win over Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

Mountford, who played at North Albany, was among the Tigers’ best players with another strong midfield display as he gathered 18 disposals, had six inside 50s and laid 11 tackles. That came a week after being squeezed out of the final WA team that lost to South Australia in the State match.

Fellow Great Southern product Tyron Smallwood was also terrific for the Tigers in their fourth win of the season.

Smallwood who played for Royals in 2017, collected 14 possessions, five marks and laid three tackles.

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Claremont’s Tyron Smallwood.
Camera IconClaremont’s Tyron Smallwood. Credit: Nic Ellis

Ex-Albany forward Michael Bennell was kept quiet in Perth’s first defeat of the season, as he managed 1.2 from seven touches and four marks as the Demons suffered a 31-point loss to West Perth.

In the reserves, Denmark-Walpole junior Jesse Laurie had his best game of 2019 as he helped Claremont to a 33-point win over the Thunder.

Laurie, who spent time on Port Adelaide’s list, had 20 disposals and 12 marks to be one of the most influential players on the ground.

Ex-North Albany wingman Addison Dew in his second game back from injury had 27 touches and 10 marks.

Albany junior Travis Abbott starred for South Fremantle in their reserves, booting five goals in their 35-point loss to Subiaco.

Abbott, who hails from Kojonup, kicked five of his team’s eight goals from 10 possessions.

Jerramungup-raised Tom Baldwin had an impressive day for Claremont colts, among their best players on Saturday.

Baldwin played senior football for Royals before moving to Perth and has overcome injury to return and play his second game. He finished with 22 touches, six tackles, four inside 50s and one goal.

Railways’ Jye Clark gathered 20 disposals through the midfield.

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