Dogged Demons turn around fortunes
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.