Round 10 Match Report – Claremont v Swan DistrictsTuesday, June 12, 2018 - 10:40 AM - by Chris Pike
CLAREMONT needed a win to stay in the finals race and had the added motivation to farewell Beau Maister in style on Saturday, and the Tigers went on to kick the only four goals of the last quarter to beat Swan Districts by 20 points.
Swan Districts came into Saturday's game at Claremont Oval in fourth position with a 5-3 record and coming off solid wins against East Perth and Perth since a three-week break in between games.
That meant they rightly went into the contest full of confidence with Claremont having won just two of eight games for the season as well, but it was an inspired Tigers outfit on Saturday that revived life back into their 2018 season.
It was a tight affair most of the afternoon and Swan Districts even led narrowly at three quarter-time, but Claremont would kick the only four goals of the final quarter to claim the 13.12 (90) to 10.10 (70) victory.
Claremont had the added motivation of trying to send off Beau Maister in style after he had announced it would be the 154th and last game of his career with the Tigers that included the premiership and Simpson Medal in 2011 either side of his AFL stints at West Coast and St Kilda.
Reigning Simpson Medal winner and 2016 Sandover Medallist Jye Bolton continued his remarkable season with the Tigers having been on fire right from Round 1 even if his team has been up and down. He had another 37 possessions, seven marks and six inside-50 entries.
Tom Curren wasn’t far behind in vying for best on ground honours with 28 disposals and two goals for Claremont while Kane Mitchell picked up 28 touches, Bailey Rogers 24, Dylan Smallwood 23 (11 marks), Haydn Busher 22, Ryan Lim 21, Jack Beeck 21 and Tom Ledger 20.
Oliver Eastland was solid in the ruck with 13 touches, five marks and 33 hit outs while Ian Richardson, Jared Hardisty, Alex Manuel and Keifer Yu all kicked two goals apiece for the Tigers.
An ankle injury to ruckman Nathan Blakely meant Swan Districts had to do some reshuffling with Corey Gault assuming the No. 1 ruck role and then Brayden Noble backing him up robbing Swans of one of their key forward targets.
Gault did perform well in his ruck role with 16 possessions, six marks and 34 hit outs, and Noble was solid backing him up with 14 disposals and seven marks. But they only managed to combine for one goal between them.
Jesse Turner and William Reidy did kick two goals apiece but they were the only multiple goal scorers on the afternoon for Swan Districts.
Rhys Palmer (27 possessions, four tackles, four inside 50s) and Matt Riggio (27 disposals, five inside 50s, four marks and a goal) did all they could to try and lift Swans to the win through their midfield roles.
Steven Payne also finished with 18 disposals for the black-and-whites, Tobe Watson 17 and Todd Banfield 16.
Claremont started strongly with the opening two goals of the game through Alex Manuel and Tom Curren. Swans first goal of the day came through Warrick Wilson at the 16-minute mark before Haydn Busher responded for the Tigers.
A goal to Keifer Yu extended Claremont's lead to 20 points before Swan Districts got it back to 14 at quarter-time with a major to Taryce Stewart.
Swans then had the first four scoring shots of the second term but only one of those was a goal to Todd Banfield to reduce the deficit to four points.
Claremont's lead was back out to 10 points with a goal to Jack Beeck before Swan Districts again closed within five points when William Reidy kicked truly.
A goal each before half-time to Jared Hardisty and Jesse Turner saw the Tigers in front by seven points at the main break.
It took just 21 seconds into the second half for Claremont to score when Yu kicked his second goal of the afternoon.
Swans soon responded with consecutive goals for the first time in the game to Tobe Watson and then Jesse Turner. The latter of which gave Swan Districts a narrow lead which was further extended by Brayden Noble.
Claremont soon regained the lead with goals to Hardisty and Ian Richardson, but again the black-and-whites responded with the last two goals of the quarter to Matt Riggio and Reidy to take a seven-point lead into three quarter-time.
Claremont dominated the last term, though, starting with Manuel's second goal before Richardson also added a second and then Beau Maister kicked truly in the final game of his career.
Curren's second goal at the 26-minute sealed the deal for the Tigers who went on to win by 20 points.
It was a thrilling reserves contest at Claremont Oval on Saturday with Swan Districts kicking eight goals to four in the second half to come away with the 11.7 (73) to 10.10 (70) win over Claremont.
Claremont kicked three goals to one in the first quarter and then another four goals to two in the second term for the Tigers saw the home team lead by 20 points at the break.
Swans came out an inspired outfit from the changerooms and kicked five goals to one in the third to turn at three quarter-time leading by three points.
Then it was three goals apiece in the last term but the black-and-whites came away with the three-point win.
Oskar Matthews kicked three goals for Swan Districts from 11 possessions, five marks and five tackles while Swans had another nine individual goal scorers.
Levi Ridley racked up 33 possessions and eight marks for Swans with Freddie Clutterbuck compiling 32 disposals and 11 marks. Ethan Maguire also had 24 touches, Jacob Coniglio 21, Greg Ottaviano 18, Brad Fullgrabe 17, Josh Power 17 and Lockie Huntley 17.
Matthew Palfrey kicked three goals for Claremont from 17 touches and nine marks with Nick Bucknall also kicking two goals from four kicks and five tackles.
Morgan Davies picked up 28 possessions for the Tigers, Addison Dew 21, Rhett Lloyd 20, Cooper Nitschke 20, Bailey Bennett 18 (12 tackles), Jacob Sideris 18 and Ben Rushforth 18.
Claremont will look to continue its momentum and make it three wins in the past four games when they remain at Claremont Oval this Saturday to host the third placed West Perth.
Swan Districts has the bye in Round 11 to try to regroup from the loss ahead of taking on Subiaco in Round 12 at Steel Blue Oval.
CLAREMONT 4.4 6.7 9.8 13.12 (90)
SWAN DISTRICTS 2.2 5.6 10.9 10.10 (70)
CLAREMONT – Goals: Yu, Richardson, Curren, Hardisty, Manuel 2; Beeck, Busher, Maister.
Best: Bolton, Curren, Smallwood, Richardson, Mitchell, Rogers, Busher.
SWAN DISTRICTS – Goals: Turner, Reidy 2; Banfield, T Watson, Stewart, Noble, Riggio, Wilson.
Best: Riggio, Palmer, Turner, Gault, T Watson, Payne.