Claremont ruckman Mark Seaby. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian.
Claremont ruckman Mark Seaby. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian.

Claremont continued their late-season revival with a gritty 37-point win against Perth at Claremont Showground today.

With ruckman Mark Seaby leading the way, the Tigers shook off a determined Demons side for a 17.8 (110) to 10.13 (73) victory.

Former West Coast, Sydney and West Perth big man Seaby toiled hard throughout to finish with 17 possessions, nine marks, 33 hit-outs, two inside 50s and thee goals in a tremendous all-round display.

Midfielders Ryan Neates (37 possessions), Luke Blackwell (29 possessions) and Tom Ledger (31 possessions) were beneficiaries of Seaby's dominance while Matt Davies, Tom Willett and Brandon Franz impressed in defence for the winners.

Forward Callum Collard was lively for the Demons with four goals, utility player Michael Sinclair, defender Joel Kalajzic, midfielders Cameron Manuel and Aidan Tropiano also doing well in a beaten side.

Claremont veteran Trinity Handley kicked the opening goal of the match three minutes into the first quarter.

With Blackwell, Ledger and Neates all finding plenty of the football the Tigers looked capable of setting up an early lead.

The Demons worked their way back into the contest, with goals to Callum Collard and Matt Moody giving the visitors a four-point lead at the first change.

Claremont regained the lead through Ben Daniher in the opening minutes of the second term.

Their ascendancy was short lived, Gerald Ugle, Matt Hunt and Collard rattling on the next three goals to give Perth a 19-point advantage at the 21-minute mark o the second stanza.

Tigers captain Jake Murphy rallied his side with two goals in time on to reduce the margin to eight points at half time.

The game opened up in the third quarter, 13 goals added by the two teams after they managed nine between them in the first two.

Claremont raced 16 points clear after kicking the first four, only for Perth to hit back with the next four.

The Tigers responded with the last five goals and turned for home with a 23-point lead.

Claremont won both minor grades, taking out the reserves by 38 points and the colts by 99 points.

Keifer Yu, Sam Fong, Matt Goyder and Jack Richardson played well in the early game to improve their chances of a call-up to the Tigers' senior side.

Goyder had 25 possessions, Yu 24 and Fong 23 while Richardson had 14 possessions and nine marks.


SCOREBOARD

CLAREMONT1.24.5 13.717.8(110)
PERTH2.1 5.79.810.13 (73)
GOALS - CLAREMONT: Murphy, Handley, Seaby 3; Bradshaw, McGovern 2; Neates, Willett, Daniher, Hamp.PERTH: Collard 4; Ugle 2; Bateman, Moody, Eyres, Hunt.

BEST - CLAREMONT: Seaby, Neates, Ledger, Blackwell, Handley, Davies, Murphy. PERTH: Sinclair, Collard, Tropiano, Kalazjic, Manuel.
INJURIES - PERTH: Gray (shoulder).
REPORTS: None
UMPIRES: M Worobec, C McCann, J Mann.
CROWD: 1500 (approx) at Claremont Showground.

The West Australian

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