Morton stars for Demons

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport - Mark Thorn­ber

PERTH Demons paid the price for a poor third quar­ter in which Clare­mont Tigers piled on nine goals as the Tigers ran out win­ners by 44 points in the an­nual battle for the Pyke Cup.

The Tigers were on the score­board in the open­ing minute af­ter a goal to Ke­pler Bradley.

The Demons re­sponded with their first goal to full for­ward Mitch Morton.

In an even first term, the Tigers held a lead of nine points af­ter kick­ing four goals three to three goals.

In the sec­ond term the height ad­van­tage of the vis­i­tors caused headaches for the Demons’ back­line, as Bradley com­bined with Beau Mais­ter up for­ward and Mark Se­aby was on top in the ruck.

Adian Tropi­ano and Dene White were in the thick of things for the Demons, but it was the vis­i­tors who opened up a four-goal lead half-way through the quar­ter.

The Demons re­sponded as late goals to Jar­ryd Morton and a clever run­ning ma­jor to Brett Wolfenden re­duced the Tigers’ lead to just 10 points at half time.

The sec­ond half started well for the Demons with Jar­ryd Morton kick­ing his fourth goal, but this seemed to spark the Tigers into ac­tion and a cou­ple of undis­ci­plined free kicks had the Tigers pile on the next seven goals to go into three-quar­ter time with a com­mand­ing lead.

The last term had the Demons fight the match out with Tropi­ano gain­ing plenty of the ball in the mid­field as Jar­ryd Morton was star­ring up for­ward to boot his fifth and sixth goals.

The Tigers again stead­ied half way through the quar­ter as both teams man­aged four goals each.

Jar­ryd Morton was out­stand­ing for the Demons and fin­ished with seven goals, and was well sup­ported by hard-run­ning mid­field­ers Tropi­ano.

Next week Perth re­turn home to play the Black and Whites.

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