Clancee looks to overflow at Freo
Rookie-listed Clancee Pearce improved his chances of being elevated to Fremantle’s senior list for a third consecutive season with an outstanding effort for Swan Districts to open the WAFL season.
Pearce worked tirelessly from half-forward on Saturday to finish with 25 possessions, two goals and a game-high 15 marks, his inspirational third quarter going a long way towards Swans turning a nine-point half-time deficit into a 13-point lead at the last change.
While East Perth finished powerfully to win the match by 15 points, Pearce continued to exert an influence in a dominant four-quarter display at Steel Blue Oval.
Selected at No.48 in the 2009 rookie draft, Pearce has played 14 games for the Dockers in the past two seasons.
The 20-year-old, a member of Swan Districts’ premiership side last year, said he had been encouraged by his latest strong showing.
“It’s always a good thing to come back to Swans and play well,” Pearce said.
“I’m rookie-listed at the moment but hopefully I can put a few good games together and get put up onto the senior list.
“I played six games last year for Fremantle but I probably didn’t take my opportunities. If I get put up again or given another chance, I will take it this year.”
Pearce said it was important to perform well early in the season.
“It’s always good to put your hand up and have early-season form to hopefully get a spot,” he said.
“Ed Lower got elevated last Tuesday and I think there’s a couple more spots that rookies can go onto. Hopefully I can be one of them.”
Swan Districts coach Greg Harding described Pearce’s game as “superb”.
“It’s the best game that I’ve seen Clancee play,” Harding said. “I’ve always rated his ability to catch the ball and I think today he took three or four of the strongest marks you will ever see on a footy field.
“I’m really proud of Clancee’s effort and he almost single-handedly helped us over the line.”
Harding, who played 78 games for Fremantle and West Coast between 1996-2001, said Pearce’s ability to fill numerous roles could only help his chances of reaching the top.
“I think everyone is trying to work out where Clancee plays (best),” he said.
I played six games last year for Fremantle but I probably didn’t take my opportunities.”