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Tigers joy more woe for Thunder
Luke Blackwell.

Key Fremantle reserves Anthony Morabito and Jack Hannath and Dockers rookie Tom Vandeleur were reported as Peel suffered their fifth loss of the season to a Claremont team celebrating their first appearance at their temporary home of the next few seasons.

Playing their first full season at the Claremont Showground since their inaugural season in 1926, the Tigers won the scrappy contest by 28 points, 15.12 (102) to 11.8 (74) to move into a pack of teams on two wins.

The presence of 11 Dockers added some class to the Thunder line-up but Claremont had too many hardened options and played with greater flair on a grey and drizzly day.

Peel got off the poor start in the opening minutes when Hannath, the giant Dockers ruckman, went into the book for striking Anton Hamp behind the play.

Hannath also gave away five free kicks throughout the day.

Hamp made a successful move to defence where he kept the returning Kepler Bradley and Hannath to just one goal between them.

Vandeleur, the rangy backman was reported in the second term over an incident with Jack Bradshaw.

And Morabito, who was the best of the Dockers in the game, was charged with rough conduct over a head high bump in the third quarter.

Claremont were well-served by busy on-baller Ryan Neates whose 23 possessions helped Luke Blackwell and Tom Ledger repeatedly pump the ball forward.

Mark Seaby played as a permanent key forward and finished with three goals while Jack Bradshaw (three) and Jack Richardson (two) were lively and saved their best for the last term when Peel pushed hard before fading late in the game.

Cruize Garlett was prolific for Peel and was on track for 40 possessions until tagger Matthew Aitchison kept him quiet in the fourth quarter.

Morabito provided considerable drive from the midfield and his 27 disposals were crucial to Peel remaining in the match.

CLAREMONT 3.3 6.89.915.12 102
PEEL2.24.3 7.411.874
GOALS – CLAREMONT: Bradshaw, Seaby 3; Richardson, Fong 2; Neates, Orzel, Foster, Knott, Yeo. PEEL: Moller 4; Taberner 3; Jones, Brown, Bradley, Wood.

BEST – CLAREMONT: Neates, Ledger, Richardson, Blackwell, Hamp, Taylor. PEEL: Garlett, Morabito, Ballard, Jones, Silvagni, Taberner.
UMPIRES: T McPhee, J Orr, N Williamson.
REPORTS: Hannath (PT) for striking; Vandeleur (PT) for striking; Morabito (PT) for rough conduct.
CROWD: 2000 (approx) at Claremont Showground.

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