ROUND 5: PFC v CFC MATCH REVIEW

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 12:25 PM

The stunning start of Perth to the 2019 WAFL season has been the story of the year to date and the momentum the Demons are building continued on Saturday with a 14-point home victory over Claremont.

Perth had opened the season winning its opening four matches against West Coast, South Fremantle, Swan Districts and East Perth, but Claremont had also won three of its first four games so presented a stern test for the Demons.

It was quite the exciting opening to the game with Perth's opening two goals coming from Cody Ninyette and Michael Bennell while Claremont's first major was from their own excitement machine, debutant Anthony Treacy.

Perth ended up leading by seven points at quarter-time with a goal to Sam Garstone and Claremont kicking a string of four behinds.

The teams then traded goals to start the second quarter before Claremont took a slender lead just before half-time with a goal to co-captain Ian Richardson.

But scores were all tied at half-time before Perth went ahead to open up the biggest lead of the game to date to start the second half with goals from Matthew Rogers and Bennell.

That saw the Demons lead by 15 points at three quarter-time but Claremont did close to within nine points three times during the final term.

They couldn’t get any closer and eventually Perth kicked the sealer thanks to Brent Edmonds after a 50m penalty with the Demons winning 8.9 (57) to 5.13 (43).

Perth has now started the season 5-0 for the first time since their Grand Final year of 1978 with it also their fifth win in-a-row at any stage of the season for the first time since they last played finals in 1997.

Michael Bennell ended up kicking four goals from five kicks for Perth as the Demons' only multiple goal scorer on the day.

Clint Jones collected 25 possessions and laid nine tackles with Michael Sinclair finishing with 25 disposals, Corey Byrne 21 (11 tackles), Matthew Taylor 21, Corey Yeo 20, Cody Leggett 20, Kasey Nicholas 17 and ruckman Christian Eyres 15 to go with 30 hit outs and four tackles.

PERTH 8.9 (57) defeated CLAREMONT 5.13 (43)

Goals: 4 - M Bennell 1 - C Ninyette, M Rogers, B Edmonds, S Garstone
Best: C Giblett, M Sinclair, C Byrne, M Bennell, C Jones, C Eyres
Reports: Nil.