Round 8, Perth v Claremont
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Claremont showed their true class on Saturday as they defeated Perth easily by 83 points at Brownes Stadium.
Former greats from the Perth Football Club made a guard of honour to welcome the league team out in celebration of their 500th home match. The Tigers kicked with the advantage of a cross breeze in the first term and had a goal on the board early.
Perth seemed a bit sluggish in the opening minutes as the likes of Luke Blackwell, Clancy Rudeforth and Kane Mitchell were collecting plenty of the ball in a pacy Tigers midfield.
Perth scored their first major at the 8 minute mark through sharp shooter Matthew Moody to keep in touch with Claremont. Moody then bobbed up to kick his second, however this was soon followed by consecutive goals to Claremont’s spearhead Chad Jones.
At quarter time Claremont were in front by 20 points after kicking 7 goals 2 to Perth’s 4 goals straight.
The second term saw the visitors continue their dominance and when the dangerous Ian Richardson kicked his first major the Tigers had opened up a comfortable 6 goal lead. Perth was slowly improving in the middle of the ground where Andrew McDougall was winning many of the hit outs.
Half way through the quarter Ross Young found space inside the forward 50 metres to kick his side’s 5thgoal and first for the term. Just before half time though Julian Jacobs was reported for high contact on Claremont’s Kane Mitchell, who was awarded a free kick.
Blackwell converted the opportunity to see the Tigers take a margin of 44 points into the main break.
The second half again saw McDougall and Young carry on their good form, however they lacked a lot of support from their teammates. Claremont’s Chad Jones was well on top of Casey Sibosado, who was overworked in a Perth defence that lost both Aaron Zucconi and Chris Billings with injuries in the first half.
Again the home side could only manage a solitary goal for the term coming through Moody while Claremont pilled on 4 to again increase their lead at the last change.
The last quarter was always going to be a case of damage control for Perth and this soon saw Jones continue to kick straight for the Tigers and it wasn’t long until he brought up his 8th goal in a dominant display at full forward.
Perth was now playing a very open forward line and Moody was really the only shinning light as he found space up forward. Key position player Haydn Busher chipped in to kick his second major and Moody finished his good work by bringing up his 5th. Armstrong improved his performance in the final term and at least provided Young with some much overdue midfield assistance.
When the final siren had sounded Claremont were in front by a disappointing margin of 83 points and were never really headed all day.
Best Players were difficult to find for the Demons with Young picking up a game high 32 possessions and Armstrong after a slow start finished with 28.
Moody made the most of his limited opportunities to finish with 5 goals and McDougall battled hard all day with very little big man support. Perth will be carefully monitoring injuries to Billings and Zucconi during the week and will need to find some more height options to support McDougall.
Former West Player Matt Tedesco played his first game for the club becoming league player number 1508. Tedesco played well in defence and had the ball 22 times.
Next week Perth will be hoping to bounce back when they take on the undefeated Falcons at Brownes Stadium.
Goals: Moody 5, Busher 2, Young, Leeson, Denton 1.
Best: Young, Moody, McDougall, Armstrong, Kayler-Thomson, Tedesco.
Score: 13.12 90 defeated Perth 12.6 78.
Goals: Fry 7, Horner 4, Fiegert 1.
Best: Fry, Horner, Mather, Lang, Venditti, Edwards.
Score: 14.14 98 defeated Perth 9.12 66.
Goals: Walsh 2, Moody, Garlett, Stuart, Higgins, Fleay, Lindsay McInnes 1.
Best: McInnes, Howard, Walsh, Kent, Kickett, Higgins.