Demons brought down

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Pike

PERTH lost its first home game of the 2017 WAFL sea­son, go­ing down to Clare­mont by 59 points on Satur­day.

CLARE­MONT con­tin­ued its im­pres­sive start to the 2017 WAFL sea­son un­der new coach Dar­ren Har­ris, beat­ing Perth by 59 points at Lath­lain Park on Satur­day.

It was a big day for Perth, play­ing its first home game at Lath­lain Park for 2017 on the new play­ing surface, with on­go­ing re­de­vel­op­ment tak­ing place at the venue.

There was plenty of ex­cite­ment sur­round­ing their first ap­pear­ance at home but Clare­mont was out to spoil that party and did so in em­phatic fash­ion, run­ning out 22.15 (147) to 13.10 (88) win­ners.

Clare­mont was com­ing off an open­ing round win over East Fre­man­tle to the tune of 62 points be­fore the bye last week.

The Tigers came out on a mis­sion against the Demons and handed them a third straight loss af­ter start­ing 2017 with de­feats to Swan Dis­tricts and Su­bi­aco.

Clare­mont made a fly­ing start with six goals to two in the first quar­ter to lead by 25 points by quar­ter-time.

The Tigers added an­other five goals to four in the sec­ond term but Perth was fight­ing hard, trail­ing by just 34 points at the main break.

Clare­mont put its foot down in the sec­ond half though, with six goals to two in the third quar­ter be­fore it was five apiece in the last.

There were plenty of stand­out per­form­ers for Clare­mont and es­pe­cially in at­tack they had plenty of options.

Tom Lee was the star in round 1 and played his role on Satur­day, kick­ing two goals, but there were plenty of oth­ers stand­ing up to com­bine for the 22 goals.

Alexan­der Manuel played the best game of his league ca­reer with five goals from 27 pos­ses­sions and seven marks. Jack Brad­shaw also kicked five goals from his seven kicks.

Beau Mais­ter could have kicked a big bag but ended up kick­ing 4.6 from his 16 dis­pos­als and eight marks. Ryan Lim con­tin­ued his emer­gence as an elite mid­fielder in the WAFL finishing with 26 pos­ses­sions, six marks and two goals as well.

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