Round 3 Match Report – Claremont v East FremantleTuesday, April 17, 2018 - 8:56 AM - by Chris Pike
CLAREMONT and East Fremantle played out another thriller at Claremont Oval on Saturday as part of Round 3 of the WAFL season with the Tigers prevailing on the back of Keifer Yu kicking a goal with the last kick of the game.
Claremont and East Fremantle clashed last year in the first game at the redeveloped Claremont Oval and that was a heartstopper. They repeated the dose once again in a game that was destined to go down to the wire.
It was decided on the siren too with Yu awarded a free-kick and going back to slot the goal to give Claremont the 12.11 (83) to 11.13 (79) victory.
It was Claremont's first win of the season after the Tigers opened the campaign with an 18-point loss in Round 1 to West Perth at HBF Arena prior to the bye last weekend as they try to build some early season momentum to get back into the finals hunt in 2018.
It's a second loss in three games to start the season for East Fremantle on the back of an opening round defeat to Peel and then a narrow home victory against last year's wooden spooners, Perth.
Claremont lost one Sandover Medal winner early in the game to knee injury when Kane Mitchell went off after having nine early possessions, but Jye Bolton was tremendous again in the midfield for the Tigers with 28 disposals, seven marks, four inside 50s and a goal.
Ryan Lim also had a strong performance for Claremont with 28 possessions, six marks and five tackles while Jared Hardisty compiled 25 disposals, Morgan Davies 25, Ryan Murphy 21 and Ian Richardson 20 despite kicking just the three behinds.
Alex Manuel continued to emerge as one of the league's best half-forwards with four goals from 17 possessions and four tackles for Claremont. Tom Lee made his return and kicked two majors as well.
Haydn Busher had 18 possessions, six marks and six tackles again in another strong defensive performance for Claremont.
Nick Kommer delivered a best on ground performance for East Fremantle showing why he was a prized recruit. The former East Perth and Essendon tough nut was tremendous for the Sharks against the Tigers with 27 possessions, nine tackles and two goals.
Jack Perham kicked four goals from 18 possessions and 10 marks for East Fremantle with Jarrad Jansen kicking two goals as well to go with 24 disposals and nine tackles.
Jayden Schofield returned from a week's suspension to rack up another 32 possessions to go with eight tackles and six marks off half-back for the Sharks.
Cameron Eardley also amassed 29 disposals, Dion Anthony 25, Jordan Snadden 23 and Sean Henson 20 while Jonathon Griffin was superb in the ruck with 18 touches, five marks and 37 hit outs.
Dylan Winton was strong defensively for East Fremantle with 23 possessions and six marks.
East Fremantle started the game strongly at Claremont Oval with the opening five scores which eventuated in four behinds and just the one goal to Jack Perham.
Claremont answered through youngster Jordan Law before Jarrad Jansen added a second for the Sharks to give them six of the game's first seven scoring shots.
But a couple of late Tigers goals to Jye Bolton and Tom Lee, in between one for East Fremantle to Nick Kommer, meant the home team was only four points behind at quarter-time despite the Sharks' dominance.
East Fremantle then began to get better reward for effort to start the second term with goals to Perham and Sean Fletcher. By the time Carl Green, Jordan Snadden and again Perham kicked truly as well, the Sharks led by 27 points and still 21 by half-time.
That lead was back to 27 points again to start the second half with Jansen's second goal but Claremont was going to go down without a fight. The Tigers kicked three of the next four goals to Morgan Davies, Lee and Jack Beeck to head into the last change suddenly three points to the good.
East Fremantle had regained the lead by the time Kommer kicked his second of the day at the 17-minute mark. The Sharks added four behinds from that point before Yu was awarded the free-kick as time expired. He slotted the goal to give Tigers the stunning four-point win.
The reserves contest was another thriller at Claremont Oval too with Claremont holding off East Fremantle to win 13.13 (91) to 12.13 (85).
The Tigers led by seven points at quarter-time, 11 at half-time and 31 at three quarter-time. The Sharks kicked six goals to two in the last quarter to roar home but ended up falling six points short.
Kaiden Gilbert kicked three goals for Claremont, James Egan three and Bailey Bennett two.
Tom Ledger compiled 31 possessions for the Tigers, Lachlan Martinis 30, Jacob Sideris 23 and Charlie Le Fanu 17.
Tim Bristow and Jesse Wynne kicked two goals apiece for East Fremantle.
Ben Harding amassed 34 possessions for the Sharks, Tom Omodei 26, Zac Jackson 25, Kim Schofield 22, Tim Bockman 20 and James Bristow 19 to go with six marks, 35 hit outs and a goal.
Claremont now has a short turnaround to play the red hot Subiaco this Thursday night at Leederville Oval.
East Fremantle will host South Fremantle in the now traditional Anzac Derby at East Fremantle Oval on Sunday.
CLAREMONT 3.1 5.3 9.10 12.11 (83)
EAST FREMANTLE 3.5 8.6 9.7 11.13 (79)
CLAREMONT – Goals: Manuel 4; Lee 2; Yu, Beeck, Bolton, Davies, Palfrey, Law.
Best: Bolton, Lim, Manuel, Davies, Hardisty, Law, Murphy.
EAST FREMANTLE – Goals: Perham 4; Kommer, Jansen 2; Snadden, Fletcher, Green.
Best: Kommer, Schofield, Jansen, Perham, Griffin, Eardley, Winton.