Mountford makes senior State debut as WA outclassed on big stage with South Australia

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The Black Swans at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.
Camera IconThe Black Swans at Adelaide Oval on Saturday. Credit: SANFL Image/David Mariuz

Declan Mountford’s senior debut for WA has ended with a heavy defeat as the Black Swans were thumped by South Australia at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Mountford, from North Albany, was one of 18 players to debut for the Black Swans, who were outclassed by a powerful SANFL unit.

Mountford was used in defence and finished with 12 disposals. The home side led at quarter-time after WA were inaccurate in front of goal and the deficit was 20 points at the main break.

In the third term, the Croweaters skipped away and piled on five goals to one as WA’s defence was overwhelmed.

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The Croweaters went on to record a convincing 53-point victory and retain the Haydn Bunton Cup, squaring the interstate ledger with WA at 48 wins apiece.

Ex-Port Adelaide star Matthew Broadbent won the Fos Williams Medal as South Australia’s best player while fellow former AFL players Bryce Gibbs (31 disposals), Tyson Stengle (21 and three goals) and Riley Knight (29) were influential.

Prolific midfielder Jye Bolton won his fourth Simpson Medal as WA’s best player, with 29 touches and six inside 50s in the 20.10 (130) to 11.11 (77) loss.

WA needed until late in the first quarter to kick their first goal of the game through Tyler Keitel and nearly doubled their score in the final term to add some respectability to the scoreboard.

Keitel finished with four majors while Lachlan Delahunty and Cameron Eardley also toiled hard for the visitors.

Mountford was used in defence for the Black Swans and finished with 12 disposals, two marks and two tackles.

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