Fremantle defender Alex Silvagni will miss the side’s NAB Cup clash against Richmond after helping Claremont to a win against Peel on Saturday.

Silvagni, recovering from a calf injury, trained strongly this week and was in line to make his AFL return today, but now looks set to be held over until next round of the pre-season.

The 23-year-old performed well as he played a forward role for the Tigers, kicking two goals in a half of football. It was an effort that helped Claremont dispose of a feisty Peel outfit, which came within two kicks of causing an upset over the reigning premier.

The Tigers were imposing and held control from the outset, leading by 18 points at half-time, with the Thunder unable to shave that margin by the final break.

But Peel threatened to steal a win when Brad Holmes kicked a major in the final stages to drag the margin back to nine points.

The attack was too late though and Claremont held on to win 14.10 (94) to 13.7 (85) at Bendigo Bank Stadium.

A Tigers’ highlight was the performance of Jack Bradshaw, who kicked two goals and was prolific on the wing, providing several crucial link-ups with Chad Jones in the forward line.

Bradshaw was promising for the Tigers last year, with the 19-year-old playing six of Claremont’s last eight games including the second semi-final and averaging 19 possessions with 10 goals.

He was dropped for the Grand Final, but was best-on-ground in the reserves’ premiership win, and said he had set his sights on a permanent role in the league team.

“I’ve just got to play my role for the team, play forward and maybe push up into the midfield to give some of the more experienced guys a bit of a break,” Bradshaw said.

“(Yesterday’s win) probably wasn’t our best performance, but I think we just need to get a few games under our belt under Webby (new coach Marc Webb) and just get the team chemistry going.

“It’s pretty similar (to last year’s game plan), but I guess Webby has changed some of the structures around the clearances and up forward.”

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