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Claremont and Swan Districts are planning a colts match in Broome with most players coming from the Kimberley and Pilbara regions.

The Tigers home game in July will be played for premiership points with only five players on each team travelling from Perth.

Claremont colts coach Ben Dyer and his Swans counterpart Daniel Spencer will take charge of the teams.

Tigers football manager Dean Horsington said the game should be confirmed next week.

"It helps strengthen the football pathway by giving young footballers in the Kimberley and Pilbara a chance to take part in a very significant match," he said.

Claremont have 11 players on their current list who originated from the Kimberley while Swans have eight from the Pilbara.

In an indication of the challenges facing WAFL clubs in their bid to retain players from the north, Claremont premiership players Gerrick Weedon and Alroy Gilligan have both returned to the Kimberley this year.

·Former Subiaco and Fitzroy ruckman Peter Ellis, a Claremont colts assistant coach for the past seven years, died suddenly this week. He was 66.

Ellis played seven matches for Fitzroy then added 88 for Subiaco after moving to Perth in 1972.

He did not play in the club's premiership in 1973 but became No.1 ruckman after the departures of Mike Fitzpatrick and Peter Burton.

Ellis represented Queensland in the 1960s and at the 1979 State of Origin carnival in Perth.

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