Tigers winning streak over

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Claremont’s Tyron Smallwood gets a handball way.
Camera IconClaremont’s Tyron Smallwood gets a handball way. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper / The Sunday Times

Claremont’s winning run in the WAFL competition has come to an end at league level despite the best efforts of Great Southern youngster Tyron Smallwood.

Smallwood, overlooked in last year’s national draft, had his best game of the season as the Tigers fell just short of their fourth straight win with a two-point loss to the West Coast Eagles.

Smallwood, a Royals product, provided terrific defensive pressure as he laid seven tackles to go with 10 disposals and was named in the Tigers’ best players.

Former North Albany midfielder Declan Mountford was also impressive. Mountford is averaging 24.5 possessions in his return to the Tigers and was again a key part of their engine room in the loss on Saturday with 28 touches, eight tackles and five inside 50s.

Claremont’s Bailey Bennett vies for possession with West Coast Eagles’ Brayden Ainsworth.
Camera IconClaremont’s Bailey Bennett vies for possession with West Coast Eagles’ Brayden Ainsworth. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper / The Sunday Times

Railways’ Bailey Bennett finished with 18 possessions, while Albany’s Dylan Smallwood was quiet in defence with five disposals and two marks.

Albany junior Michael Bennell took his season goal tally to 10 after booting two majors in Perth’s fourth straight win on Anzac Day.

Bennell was well held for much of the day, but the mercurial forward kicked two majors from three kicks.

Ongerup-bred Angus Litherland was also busy for Subiaco in their fourth win on the trot, this time beating Peel Thunder.

In the AFL, Pingaring-bred Liam Baker was named in Richmond’s best players after another terrific game at senior level.

The small forward collected 19 disposals, had five inside 50s, laid five tackles and kicked two goals in the Tigers’ win over Melbourne last Wednesday.

Former North Albany ruckman Darcy Cameron continued to press his claims for a senior call-up among Sydney’s best contributors in the NEAFL on Saturday.

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