Ladder leaders Claremont have made a statement to the rest of the competition, smashing finals hopefuls Swan Districts by 59 points at Claremont Oval today.
Swans started the crucial game in third spot but will slip out of the top four as a result of the 19.10 (124) to 9.11 (65) belting.
The impressive showing came at a cost for the reigning premiers with captain Andrew Browne suffering a shoulder injury.
The visitors started brightly and looked in the mood to repeat their round 17 win over Claremont but the Tigers were all class after quarter time and blew Swans away after half time.
Andrew Foster (30 possessions), Luke Blackwell (35 touches) and Jake Murphy (30 possessions) were all outstanding through the middle of the ground for the Tigers.
Small forwards Paul Medhurst and Ian Richardson both finished with four majors, with Anton Hamp chipping in with three.
For Swans, Shaun Hilderbrandt battled hard to gather 32 possessions and Kyle Hams was creative off half back.
Swan Districts got out of the blocks early in the first term, dominating possession and looking dangerous up forward.
The visitors scored the first two goals through Ryan Davis and Matthew Rogers before Claremont hit back to take the lead with goals to Sam Fong and Paul Medhurst.
The Swans continued to press but were wasteful in front of goals, managing one major from the next four scoring shots before a classy effort from Ian Richardson at the other end saw the Tigers trail but just one point late in the quarter.
Claremont captain Andrew Browne was forced off soon after with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder.
Swans added insult to that injury when an exciting run down the wing from Dayle Garlett set up Thomas Roach for a great team goal and an eight-point quarter time lead.
A determined home side heaped the pressure on the black and whites in the second term and kicked five consecutive goals to take a 24-point lead.
The scoring burst included two to Anton Hamp and a 300th career goal for Richardson.
The only negative for Claremont was when Browne was again forced off with the shoulder injury only minutes after he tried to come back on.
Swans needed a response and they got one when a long kick from Tim Geappen landed in the arms of Garlett in the square.
Geappen had an opportunity to pull the half time margin back to just 11 points when he had a shot after the siren after winning a holding the ball free kick inside forward 50m but couldn’t convert.
The Tigers kept the foot on the pedal after the long break and had two goals from four scoring shots within the first five minutes before Geappen hit back with a goal to bring the margin back to 24 points.
Mark Seaby started to do some damage up forward, kicking two consecutive majors as Claremont again went on an unanswered four-goal burst.
Tony Notte kicked a goal after the three-quarter-time siren but the premiers still held a commanding 41-point lead.
The sting went out of the game in the final term and Medhurst made the most of it, booting three goals for the quarter as Claremont extended the margin further.
|GOALS - CLAREMONT:Medhurst, Richardson 4; Hamp 3; Jones, Seaby 2; Davies, Foster, Fong, Andrews.|
SWAN DISTRICTS: Davis, Ugle 2; Garlett, Geappen, Notte, Rogers, Roach.
BEST - CLAREMONT:Foster, Blackwell, Murphy, Seaby, Laurie, Holt.
SWAN DISTRICTS: Hilderbrandt, Twomey, Ames, Hams, Davis, Garlett.
INJURIES – CLAREMONT: Andrew Browne (shoulder)
UMPIRES: P McPhee, J Orr, R McCaw.
CROWD: 1915 (approx) at Claremont Oval.