Smallwood shines for Tigers
Albany-raised defender Dylan Smallwood has produced a superb game for Claremont’s league side as they won a close contest over Perth at Claremont Oval on Saturday.
The developing key defender took 10 marks in a highly influential display for the Tigers as they edged out the Demons by seven points.
Smallwood, who played juniors at the Sharks, has been a regular in the Tigers league side this season and his 13 disposals and strong intercept display in the back half did not go unnoticed, named in his side’s best players as the win secured a top three finish.
Fellow Great Southern product Declan Mountford was also busy for the Tigers, collecting 25 possessions and laying seven tackles.
The former North Albany midfielder had three inside 50s and seven marks as well, to join Smallwood in the best players.
Ex-Railways forward Matt Palfrey also played a hand in the narrow win, booting two goals playing as a key forward.
Palfrey gathered eight disposals, five marks, four inside 50s and kicked two majors in a lively performance.
Mt Barker’s Jordan Reid was named in the best players for Claremont’s reserves team after another solid display.
Reid finished with 13 disposals, 13 hit outs and four inside 50s as the Tigers went down to the Demons by 28 points.
Great Southern product Tyron Smallwood booted two goals but it wasn’t enough for the Tigers to avoid their first defeat of the reserves competition.
Albany junior Michael Bennell, dropped to the reserves again, showed his class with 13 touches, four tackles and two majors for the Demons.
Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.
Sign up for our emails