Mountford stands out for Claremont in WAFL

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Claremont’s Declan Mountford bursts through the pack.
Camera IconClaremont’s Declan Mountford bursts through the pack. Credit: Jackson Flindell

Former North Albany midfielder Declan Mountford has starred for Claremont as they continue their unbeaten start to the WAFL season, easily defeating East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

Mountford has returned to Claremont after a stint with North Melbourne and had his best game of the season, collecting 30 disposals in the 40-point win as the Tigers won a third straight game in the league competition.

Part of a dynamic midfield group, Mountford’s impact was significant with his 30 touches, seven marks, three inside 50s and one goal making him one of the better players on the ground.

Railways’ Bailey Bennett was also lively for the Tigers with 16 possessions and a game-high nine tackles.

Claremont’s Bailey Bennett is tackled by East Perth’s Sharrod Wellingham.
Camera IconClaremont’s Bailey Bennett is tackled by East Perth’s Sharrod Wellingham. Credit: The Sunday Times

Albany junior Michael Bennell was kept quiet in Perth’s tense nine-point win over Swan Districts on Saturday, as they too maintained a perfect record in 2019.

The livewire forward took a massive pack mark in the third term and kicked one goal from seven touches.

On Friday, Great Southern product Angus Litherland was impressive for Subiaco in their league win over West Coast Eagles at Leederville Oval.

Ongerup-bred Litherland finished with 23 disposals in a polished display as the reigning premiers made it three wins on the trot.

North Albany product Ted Batchelor has shone in the Tigers colts win over the Royals.

Batchelor and Railways’ Jye Clark were both named in the best players as their side won their first game of the season.

Clark amassed 29 disposals, five marks and four inside 50s while Batchelor, who made his way into the team last week, had 12 touches and three marks in a solid showing.

Railways junior Jacob Blight kicked one goal in the 27-point win and fellow ex-Railways wingman Tom Wolfe had 19 possessions and seven marks.

In the AFL, Pingaring’s Liam Baker had a career-high 21 disposals for Richmond in their win over Sydney.

Baker in just his fifth AFL game kicked one goal, laid four tackles and went at 85 per cent efficiency with his 21 touches in a display sure to impress his coaches.

Lake Grace star Nat Fyfe dominated for Fremantle in their upset win over Great Western Sydney on Saturday.

Fyfe had 31 disposals, 13 clearances and six inside 50s to lead from the front.

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