Dogged De­mons turn around for­tunes

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

PERTH and Clare­mont en­tered Satur­day’s clash at Fre­man­tle Oval des­per­ate to stop los­ing slides and it was a re­mark­able fin­ish that saw the De­mons claim the eight-point win.

The game was played on neu­tral turf at the port, and it turned out to be a ter­rific con­test be­tween two des­per­ate teams.

The Tigers be­gan life un­der new coach Dar­ren Har­ris in style, win­ning their open­ing three games, but they had lost their pre­vi­ous four en­ter­ing Satur­day’s game with Perth.

The De­mons, mean­while, lost their first three games of the sea­son be­fore break­ing through against the win­less East Fre­man­tle in round 4.

They since lost to East Perth, West Perth and South Fre­man­tle, mak­ing Satur­day’s game cru­cial.

Perth ac­tu­ally held the ad­van­tage for the ma­jor­ity of the day, lead­ing by six points at quar­ter­time, nine points at half-time and still by 17 at three-quar­ter time.

But by the time Jack Richard­son kicked truly for Clare­mont at the 25-minute mark of the last term, the Tigers had hit the front and for all money looked set for their break­through win.

Perth, how­ever, had other ideas and goals af­ter the 30minute mark firstly to se­v­engamer Kris­tian Morisey and then a bomb from the cen­tre square from Bren­nan Stack sealed the 13.9 (87) to 11.13 (79) vic­tory.

The stir­ring win im­proves Perth to a 2-6 record for the sea­son, while Clare­mont slips to 3-5.

Perth cap­tain Clint Jones was again out­stand­ing, fin­ish­ing with a game-high 36 pos­ses­sions to go with six marks in the mid­dle.

For­mer Peel Thun­der half­back Devin McFar­lane played his best game since join­ing the De­mons this sea­son, pro­vid­ing great run and drive with 29 dis­pos­als, nine marks and a goal.

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