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Slow Start Costs Tigers

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:10 PM

A disappointing and goalless first quarter saw Claremont’s Reserves suffer their first defeat of the season against Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Friday night.

Despite working their way into the game after quarter-time, the Tigers could only manage 29 inside 50s to the hosts’ 45 as the Lions prevailed by 30 points, 10.11 (71) to 6.5 (41).

Jack Richardson, in his first game of the season, kicked two goals, while Declan Hardisty was outstanding in defence.

Declan McNamara, Isaac Wallace, who laid an equal game-high nine tackles along with Lachlan Martinis, Addison Dew and Brett Wilson also impressed, while Charlie Le Fanu was prominent in defence before moving forward to kick two goals and tied with Wallace for the players’ player award.

Daniel Perkins kicked a game-high three goals for the Lions, while Daniel Leach recorded a game-high 22 disposals as the hosts smashed the Tigers in clearances and inside 50s in the opening term to set up a 28-point lead at quarter-time.

The Tigers host South Fremantle at Claremont Oval in round five.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered consecutive defeats after a four-point loss to the Lions, 13.7 (85) to 12.9 (81).

CLAREMONT 0.1 3.2 4.4 6.5 (41)

SUBIACO 4.5 5.7 7.10 10.11 (71)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 2 J. Richardson, C. Le Fanu, 1 C. Mitchell, D. McNamara.

SUBIACO: 3 D. Perkins, 2 T. Cleggett, 1 A. Doyle, M. Lawrence, T. Breeze, A. Breman, J. Turner.

BEST

CLAREMONT: D. Hardisty, D. McNamara, I. Wallace, A. Dew, B. Wilson.

SUBIACO: S. Nelson, A. Doyle, D. Perkins, T. Cleggett, B. Reid.

By Dan Scamozzi

Lions Too Good For Tigers

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:08 PM

A rampant and clinical Subiaco proved too good for Claremont at Leederville Oval on Thursday night, with the Lions smashing the Tigers by 86 points.

Despite a promising but inaccurate first half in Beau Maister’s 150th game, the Tigers were no match for the unbeaten Lions after half-time as the hosts slammed on 11 goals to three to prevail 20.15 (135) to 7.7 (49).

Turnovers and inaccuracy hurt the Tigers in the first half, despite the visitors recording 19 inside 50s to 11 in the second term.

Oliver Eastland (20 disposals, 18 hit-outs) was given the task of leading the ruck against Subiaco’s Zac Clarke and performed admirably, while Morgan Davies (19 disposals) won the players’ player award for his disciplined role in blanketing Josh Deluca (11 disposals).

Jye Bolton (27 disposals) took a game-high eight marks and impressed with his pressure and work rate, while Bailey Rogers was solid in defence and Haydn Busher nullified the impact of Subiaco’s Lachlan Delahunty.

Matthew Palfrey kicked a team-high three goals, however, the Tigers were beaten in clearances (47-28), inside 50s (59-44) and scoring shots (35-14).

Subiaco were led by their captain Kyal Horsley (31 disposals, one goal) and defenders Angus Litherland (19 disposals, seven marks) and Jordan Lockyer, while Rhys Waters kicked a game-high five goals.

The Tigers host South Fremantle at Centennial Stadium Oval in Albany in round five.

CLAREMONT 2.2 4.7 6.7 7.7 (49)

SUBIACO 5.1 9.3 13.6 20.15 (135)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 3 M. Palfrey, 1 T. Lee, I. Richardson, J. Beeck, A. Manuel.

SUBIACO: 5 R. Waters, 4 B. Stevenson, 2 K. Halligan, Z. Clarke, 1 K. Horsley, L. Kitchin, R. Powell, B. Newton, L. Delahunty, C. Phelan, D. Rohde.

BEST

CLAREMONT: O. Eastland, M. Davies, J. Bolton, B. Rogers.

SUBIACO: J. Lockyer, A. Litherland, C. Phelan, K. Horsley, R. Waters.

By Dan Scamozzi

Beau Maister’s Milestone

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Beau Maister’s wonderful football journey will reach a significant milestone when he runs out with the Claremont side to do battle with Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Thursday evening. He will be celebrating his 150th senior match for the Tigers in a distinguished career.

“To play one game for this great club is an achievement, let alone 150 games,” said the genial Maister. “Looking at some of the characters, some of the legends who have come before me, men like Graham Moss, John O’Connell and Kevin Clune, to name just a few, it’s not a right, but a privilege to represent such a proud club.”

The 32-year-old Maister, born in Albany and a product of the Railways club, will become the 32nd player to earn life membership of Claremont by notching 150 senior appearances for the Tigers.

Describing himself as a young naïve country lad moving to the big smoke as a teenager 15 years ago, Maister said that he was fully committed to giving “everything” in a bid to make a mark in football. “But for things to pan out the way they have is a dream,” he said.

Apart from his 145 league appearances and four Foxtel Cup matches for Claremont, the powerfully-built Maister has played one interstate match for Western Australia and 44 AFL matches --- 23 for the West Coast Eagles and 21 for St Kilda.

After playing colts football for Railways in Albany and a couple of league games at the age of 16, Maister, an apprentice carpenter, jumped at the opportunity to move to Perth and take his next step, playing under coach Ash Prescott in the Tigers colts side in 2003.

In 2004 Maister was captain of the colts side (coached by Matt Angus) and was also named as captain of the WAFL colts team of the year, as well as shining for WA in the under-18 carnival in Melbourne.

It was during the carnival that Maister, an outstanding centre-half-forward, was switched to centre-half-back when in successive matches he was opposed to Travis Cloke and Jarryd Roughead.

Late that year Maister was drafted as a rookie by the West Coast Eagles before he had made his league debut. It was as a West Coast rookie that he played his first senior match for Claremont as a tall, somewhat skinny kid in a forward pocket against West Perth at the Showgrounds in round one in the first official WAFL match at that venue for 79 years. He kicked two goals in a low-scoring contest to play an important role in Claremont’s one-point victory.

After being on West Coast’s list from 2005 to 2010, Maister was a permanent member of Claremont’s league side in 2011 when he starred in the grand final victory over Subiaco, kicking five goals and being awarded the Simpson Medal as the best player in the match.

He joined St Kilda in 2012 and wrist and hamstring injuries and serious damage to his left shoulder restricted him to 21 AFL matches in three seasons. He underwent surgery on his shoulder, groin and right thumb.

Maister returned to Claremont in 2015 and his determination and commitment have been a great benefit to the younger players at the club. He proudly dons the No. 42 jumper every week, the same number he has worn throughout his career with Claremont.

“Numbers don’t define you as a footballer,” he says. “And I have been blessed at Claremont, with the Eagles and the Saints to have been coached by really good coaches.

Maister is extravagant in his praise of the support he has received over the past decade from his wife Bec, who presented him with their first child late last November, a delightful daughter Rylee.

“Bec has been with me throughout my career and my family, my Mum and sister, are first and foremost,” he said. “You can’t put a value on their support.”

Maister is looking forward with optimism for a successful and rewarding season with the Tigers, saying: “Our best is definitely good enough to compete with and challenge the best sides in the comp.

“Previously we could have used the fact that we’ve got young players in the side as a bit of a reason why we’re a bit inconsistent. But I think that we’re beyond that now. It’s time for these younger guys --- like Ryan Lim, Jared Hardisty and Alex Manuel, plus others who are coming through as well --- to show the way. Obviously, the older boys have to dig in and play their part.”

By Ken Casellas            

 

Round 4 Preview Subiaco vs. Claremont

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Claremont face rivals Subiaco at Leederville Oval tomorrow night, just five days after their breathtaking win against East Fremantle.

The Tigers will be aiming for consecutive wins, while Subiaco are the only undefeated team after three rounds.

Midfielder Kane Mitchell will miss the game due to a knee injury, while the WAFL Match Review Panel dismissed his report for striking.

However, forward Beau Maister, who missed the win against the Sharks through suspension, will be available for selection and is set to play his 150th game.

The club encourages the Tiger army to attend the game and cheer the team to victory.

WHERE AND WHEN:

Leederville Oval, Thursday, April 19, 7.10pm.

Reserves: Friday, April 20, 7.00pm.

Colts: Thursday, April 19, 4.25pm.

TV AND RADIO:

7mate will be televising the game LIVE from 7.00pm, or you can download the WAFL App and listen via Footy Radio on your phone.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Played: 276.

Subiaco: 145.

Claremont: 130.

Draws: 1.

By Dan Scamozzi

2018 Player Quiz - Tom Ledger

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:07 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to know CFC's Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

 
Q1 Name: Tom Ledger
Q2 Nickname: Lurk
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Defeating Aquinas by a goal in Year 12
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Daniel Kerr
Q6 Favourite food: Thai
Q7 Favourite movie: Close call between Dodgeball and Mrs Doubtfire
Q8 Favourite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor at The Australian
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Diversified financials
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Sri Lanka
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Punching
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
               1. Mike Pence
               2. Justin Langer
               3. Jordan Peterson
Q14 Your most treasured possession: My Camry
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Walk the dog, read the paper, read books
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Come from behind win against West Perth at Arena Joondalup in 2016
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Not idea to be honest, not my scene
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Hampy
Q19 Before a game I always: Pull my socks up
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? A loyal and trusted teammate

Manuel’s Unique Feat

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Probably lost among the drama of Claremont’s dramatic last-gasp victory over East Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday when Keifer Yu accepted a handpass from Jordan Law to score the winning goal as the siren was blaring was a remarkable, and most likely a unique, occurrence in football.

Alex Manuel, a highly skilful half-forward flanker, performed a feat I had never witnessed in an extremely long involvement in the game when he kicked three goals with his non-preferred left foot.

The natural right-footer used his left boot to score Claremont’s only two second-quarter goals before scoring his side’s seventh major with another left-foot snap in the third term.

“It was weird and just the way things happened,” said Manuel, who was in sparkling form at left-half-forward opposed mainly by Joel Kalajzic. “I was on the run and on my left foot. And, I suppose that by using my left foot it also helps to confuse the opposition.”

Manuel, who finished with one mark, 13 kicks and four handpasses, as well as four tackles, said that, quite remarkably, that he used his left foot for every kick he had in the first half.

Manual accepted a pass from Jye Bolton two minutes into the final quarter, taking the mark at left-half-forward and about 45 metres from goal. His unerring right-foot kick gave him his fourth goal.

Eight minutes later Manuel used his right foot to take a shot from the opposite flank. The ball curled from right to left and appeared to just sneak in for a goal. But the goal umpire signalled a behind. It was a desperately close call.

By Ken Casellas

Yu Sinks Sharks

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:07 AM

Keifer Yu has kicked 27 goals in his 83 League games, but none more important than the one he kicked against East Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

With the Tigers trailing by two points in the final stages of an enthralling contest, the lively Jordan Law, in just his second game, won a holding-the-ball free-kick 35m from goal at the southern end of the ground.

After failing to make the distance from a similar position earlier in the game, he decided to handball to a lurking Yu, who the Sharks had left unmarked.

Yu then split the middle as the final siren sounded to give the Tigers a pulsating four-point win, 12.11 (83) to 11.13 (79), and send the venue into a frenzy.

The Tigers’ win was blue collar, a mantra the team pride themselves on, and full of mateship, something coach Darren Harris preached during an inspirational and composed address at three-quarter time.

Despite the team trailing by 27 points early in the second half and being one man down, it resulted from a will to never give in.

It was also Ian Richardson’s first as captain, and will serve the team well moving forward.

Jared Hardisty (25 disposals, six tackles) set the tone with his ferocious attack on the ball, won a team-high six free-kicks and deservedly won the players’ player award for an outstanding performance, while Law laid an equal team-high seven tackles and kicked the Tigers’ first goal of the game.

Jack Beeck, playing his first League game since round 21, 2016, was inspirational with his unwavering attack on the ball and kicked a team-lifting goal to give the Tigers the lead late in the third term, and fittingly led the team from the ground after the final siren to a rousing reception.

Full-forward Tom Lee, playing his first League game since round nine, 2017, hauled in an equal team-high seven marks and kicked two goals as he had the better of his duel with East Fremantle’s Matthew Jupp, while Alex Manuel kicked an equal game-high four goals, all after quarter-time, including three brilliant snaps on his non-preferred left foot.

On a sour note, Kane Mitchell suffered a knee injury in the first half and was reported for striking.

Nick Kommer (27 disposals, nine tackles, two goals) was prominent for the Sharks, while Jack Perham (10 marks, four goals) threatened to pinch the game and Dylan Winton continuously drove the team forward during their final-term surge.

With Lee replacing the suspended Beau Maister, and Matt Palfrey, Beeck and Anton Hamp among the inclusions, the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term in perfect conditions, but an early goal from Perham gave the Sharks a fast start.

Law then replied for the Tigers after finishing with aplomb on the run, before Jared Jansen made the hosts pay for some sloppiness in defence.

A desperate spoil from Beeck denied the Sharks, before Jye Bolton, now spending more time as a deep forward, kicked truly after winning a free-kick after some great efforts from Bailey Rogers in the build-up.

Kommer then replied for the Sharks, before Lee kicked truly after winning a free-kick and was mobbed by teammates.

The result was a four-point lead to the Sharks at quarter-time, with the Tigers fortunate to be so close after winning far less of the ball and needing to stop the visitors from taking so many uncontested marks.

A crunching tackle from Hardisty in front of the interchange saw East Fremantle’s Cameron Eardley come off second best early in the second term, before goals to Perham (second) and Sean Fletcher gave the Sharks a 14-point lead.

Manuel replied with the first of his four goals, before the Sharks slammed on three in quick succession either side of a great smother from Hardisty.

A second goal to Manuel resulted from a great contest and brilliant tap from Lee and saw the Tigers trailing by 21 points at half-time.

A second goal to Jansen gave the Sharks the first major for the third consecutive term, a fast start to the second half and 27-point lead, before the Tigers responded in ominous fashion.

Goals to Morgan Davies, who was now limiting Kommer’s impact on the game, and Manuel (third) trimmed the deficit to 13 points, with the latter resulting from an ability to keep the ball moving forward by any means, before a goal-saving effort from Hardisty denied the Sharks.

A second goal to Lee resulted from a strong mark and a great chain of passes from defence, before Beeck made the Sharks pay for an errant kick in defence and was mobbed by teammates.

The result was a three-point lead to the Tigers at the final change, with the hosts now on top in contested disposals and inside 50s.

A fourth goal to Manuel, this time on his preferred right foot, gave the Tigers five in a row and a nine-point lead early in the final term, before Perham replied with his fourth after making the hosts pay for a turnover in defence.

A spearing pass from Lee then saw Palfrey take a strong mark and restore the Tigers’ nine-point lead, before Fraser Gilbert stood tall in defence.

In just his fourth game, Gilbert had had a difficult afternoon opposing Perham, but when the team needed him, the young Tiger hauled in two crucial marks to deny the pressing Sharks.

A second goal to Kommer pulled the visitors to within two points, before 10 minutes of nerve-racking play unfolded, as both teams tried to land the knockout blow.

The never-give-in Tigers wouldn’t be denied, as Yu landed the knockout blow and helped the team record their first win of the season.

The Tigers will be aiming for consecutive wins when they face Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Thursday night.

CLAREMONT 3.1 5.3 9.10 12.11 (83)

EAST FREMANTLE 3.5 8.6 9.7 11.13 (79)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 4 A. Manuel, 2 T. Lee, 1 K. Yu, J. Beeck, J. Bolton, M. Davies, M. Palfrey, J. Law.

EAST FREMANTLE: 4 J. Perham, 2 N. Kommer, J. Jansen, 1 J. Snadden, S, Fletcher, C. Green.

BEST

CLAREMONT: J. Hardisty, J. Law, J. Beeck, T. Lee, B. Rogers, H. Busher.

EAST FREMANTLE: N. Kommer, J. Perham, D. Winton, J. Griffin, C. Eardley.

By Dan Scamozzi

 

Tigers Claw Past Sharks

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Claremont’s Reserves recorded consecutive wins after holding off a fast-finishing East Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday and are the only undefeated team after three rounds.

The six-point win, 13.13 (91) to 12.13 (85), was set up after the Tigers won the first three terms and held a 31-point lead at three-quarter time, and despite the Sharks kicking six goals to two in the final term, the hosts’ dangerous forward line and cleaner ball movement saw them prevail.

Charles Le Fanu was the Tigers’ best player and deservedly won the players’ player award for his ferocious attack on the ball and recorded a game-high six inside 50s, while Kaiden Gilbert was the most dangerous forward on the ground with eight marks, including five in the opening term, and an equal game-high three goals.

Bailey Bennett starred with his repeat efforts and also kicked two goals, while acting captain Jacob Sideris and Tom Ledger, who was omitted from the League team, were solid contributors.

Corey Mitchell responded to his League omission by laying a team-high six tackles, while fellow small forward James Egan kicked three goals during the Tigers’ third-term blitz.

Ben Harding recorded a game-high 34 disposals for the Sharks, while Tim Bristow and Jesse Wynne kicked two goals apiece.

The Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term in perfect conditions, and after an indifferent start to the contest, where neither team was able to capitalise on their opportunities going forward, Jake Stergiou broke the deadlock at the 13-minute mark.

Bennett then burst through a pack and finished with aplomb to give the Tigers consecutive goals, before Gilbert kicked truly with his second shot in quick succession from an almost identical position to extend the lead to 20 points.

However, late goals to Bristow and Nick Bonomelli saw the Sharks trim the deficit to seven points at quarter-time.

Claremont coach Steven Armstrong praised the efforts from Gilbert but implored the team to be more composed in front of goal, before Tom Omodei gave the Sharks three consecutive majors and levelled the scores early in the second term.

A great pass from Eddie Simpson saw Gilbert kick his second and respond for the Tigers, before Corey Hitchcock benefited from some fine work from Mitchell and extended the lead.

Three efforts and two tackles in quick succession from Bennett typified the feisty Tiger’s appetite for the contest, before Brett Wilson soccered through the team’s sixth goal and gave the Tigers three consecutive majors for the second time in the first half.

A desperate and inspirational tackle from Le Fanu prevented the Sharks from responding, before captain Frazer Daly kicked truly just before half-time to trim the Tigers’ lead to 11 points.

Wynne then kicked the first of his two goals to pull the Sharks to within five points early in the second half, before the Tigers responded in ominous fashion.

Two goals in as many minutes from Egan, including a high-flying mark, gave the Tigers some breathing space, before Gilbert kicked his third major after another strong mark.

Egan then kicked his third as the Tigers slammed on four goals in 11 minutes and took a commanding 30-point lead, before Matthew Burton pounced on an errant kick to respond for the Sharks.

Bennett then kicked his second goal after doing likewise to the Sharks and gave the Tigers a 31-point lead at the final change.

Armstrong praised the efforts from Le Fanu and the Tigers’ composure, however, goals from Tim Bockman and Zachary Jackson gave the Sharks a quick start to the final term and trimmed the margin to 19 points.

Ben Higgs then kicked a timely goal for the Tigers after a squaring pass from Wilson and a great chase from Nick Yarran that created a turnover, before the Sharks hit back through second majors to Wynne and Bristow.

Simpson then kicked truly to give the Tigers a 19-point lead halfway through the final term, and despite the Sharks kicking the final two goals, the hosts held on for a deserved win.

The Tigers will be aiming for three consecutive wins when they face Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered their first loss of the season after East Fremantle prevailed by 36 points, 15.8 (98) to 9.8 (62).

CLAREMONT 3.6 6.8 11.11 13.13 (91)

EAST FREMANTLE 2.5 4.9 6.10 12.13 (85)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 3 K. Gilbert, J. Egan, 2 B. Bennett, 1 B. Higgs, E. Simpson, B. Wilson, J. Stergiou, C. Hitchcock.

EAST FREMANTLE: 2 T. Bristow, J. Wynne, 1 T. Omodei, J. Bristow, M. Burton, Z. Jackson, J. Quill, N. Bonomelli, T. Bockman, F. Daly.

BEST

CLAREMONT: C. Le Fanu, K. Gilbert, B. Bennett, J. Sideris, T. Ledger.

EAST FREMANTLE: N. Bonomelli, C. Holmes, J. Bristow, B. Harding.

By Dan Scamozzi

2018 Player Quiz - Jake Murphy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:24 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to know CFC's Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!
 
Q1 Name: Jake Murphy
Q2 Nickname: Shark, Snapper, Mad Dog
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Fremantle
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Playing in the mud, not losing a game
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Floyd Mayweather
Q6 Favourite food: Mexican
Q7 Favourite movie: Jaws I, II, III
Q8 Favourite TV show: The Life of Byron
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Richard Goyder
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Penthouse at CFC Oval
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Greek Islands
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: enigma
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
          1. Conor Mcgregor
          2. Margot Robbie
Q14 Your most treasured possession: Washing basket
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Get over to Rotto
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far?
         1. Back to back flags
         2. Celebrations post flags
         3. Footy trips 09-17
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Matt Davies* (Note: retired but still the king)
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Anton Hamp (King of footy trips)
Q19 Before a game I always: Heaps of bizzare rituals, e.g. drinking 1.5L before getting out of bed
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Big game player

Round 3 Preview Claremont vs. East Fremantle

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Claremont face East Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon in their first home game of the 2018 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season.

The Tigers lost to West Perth in round one and are coming off a bye, while the Sharks narrowly defeated Perth in round two.

The Tigers will be missing full-forward Beau Maister, who received a one-match suspension for rough conduct after the loss to the Falcons.

There will be free entry for children 15 and under, as well as free face painting.

The club encourages the Tiger army to attend the game and cheer the team to victory.

WHERE AND WHEN:

Claremont Oval, Saturday, April 14, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.

RADIO:

Tune into HFM (107.3FM) for LIVE coverage, or you can download the WAFL App and listen via Footy Radio on your phone.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Played: 280.

Claremont: 121.

East Fremantle: 157.

Draws: 2.

By Dan Scamozzi