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Richardson to lead the Tigers

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Dynamic forward Ian Richardson, a veteran of 186 league matches, has been appointed captain of Claremont for the 2018 season.

The 30-year-old left-footer is poised this season to become just the ninth man in the club’s 92-year history to chalk up 200 senior games for the club.

He takes over the captaincy from another outstanding left-footer in midfielder Jake Murphy, who has decided to stand down after four years at the helm, but will continue playing.

Richardson was chosen to lead the Tigers this year after all members of the club’s senior training squad spent the past weekend at a camp at Claremont Oval and, along with the coaching staff, voted for Richardson as captain, with Kane Mitchell back with the Tigers after a five-year absence, and another top-flight midfielder Ryan Lim as joint vice-captains.

Tom Lee, Jesse Laurie, Haydn Busher and Jared Hardisty will round out the leadership group. Murphy and another member of the 2017 leadership group, Beau Maister, removed themselves from the voting, opting to hand on the baton to others.

Richardson has donned the No. 4 jumper with rare distinction since he broke into the league side in 2008. The previous Claremont captains who wore the No. 4 jumper were Noel Morton (1984-85) and Sonny Maffina, the club’s match-day ball legend this year, who led the Tigers in 1951-52-53 and 1957.

Richardson was a 16-year-old when he broke into Claremont’s colts side in 2004. He continued with the colts in the following two years and was captain of the side in 2006 when he won the club’s fairest-and-best award and was named in the WAFL colts Team of the Year.

He graduated to the reserves side in 2007 when he finished third in the club’s fairest-and-best award. He then had a spectacular debut season in league ranks in 2008 when he won the fairest-and-best award, the E. B. Cook Medal, and was awarded the Simpson Medal as Western Australia’s best player in the interstate match against Queensland in Townsville. He was also Claremont’s leading goal-kicker, with 62 majors.

He then represented WA with distinction in the next five seasons before taking a year off in 2014 to travel the world, enjoying holidaying in Canada, the United States, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, France, Spain, Italy and Ireland.

Richardson is a dual league premiership player (2011-12) and has been an ornament to the game during his 186 league appearances, four Foxtel Cup matches and six games for WA. He has kicked 370 goals in league ranks and as a consummate team player, he has played a significant role in hundreds of other goals.

By Ken Casellas  

This week's Player Quiz..

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:17 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to know the Claremont League Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

Q1 Name: Ryan Lim
Q2 Nickname: Limmy (Lim Shady)
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast Eagles
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Flag for WCJFC and Claremont Colts
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: David Wirrpanda
Q6 Favourite food: Chicken Laksa
Q7 Favourite movie: Happy Gilmore
Q8 Favourite TV show: Suits
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Jack Beeck
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: A house
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: All around USA
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Friendly
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
        1 Devin Booker
        2 Steph Curry
        3 Nick Kyrgios
Q14 Your most treasured possession: Australian Jersey
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Golf
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Colts flag
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Morgan Davies
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Ryan Lim
Q19 Before a game I always: Have bread with nutella
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Hard worker - always gave his everything

2018 Player Quiz - Tom Curren

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 3:06 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get to know the Claremont League Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

Q1 Name: Tom Curren
Q2 Nickname: TC
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Geelong
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Premierships at my local club, Mt. Eliza
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Odell Beckham Jnr
Q6 Favourite food: Seafood
Q7 Favourite movie: Fight Club
Q8 Favourite TV show: Power
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: The Rock
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Property
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Melbourne
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Perfectionist (OCD tendencies)
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
        1 Arnold Schwarzenegger
        2 Stephen Curry
        3 Jerry Seinfeld
Q14 Your most treasured possession: Passport
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Watch American sport or go to the beach
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Too early to say yet, but it will be winning a flag
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Nick Winmar
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Tommy Lee
Q19 Before a game I always: Warm up
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Someone who did everything he could to prepare and contribute to winning

Harris Happy with Tigers Pre-Season

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Claremont coach Darren Harris is happy with the Tigers’ pre-season and confident the team can be “stronger for longer” in 2018.

With the McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season fast approaching, Harris says the Tigers, who have started their match simulation over the last couple of weeks, are in good shape.

“We’ve been really happy,” Harris said.

“We had a five-week phase before Christmas which was about using our gym more extensively than we have done in the past and making sure we got blokes prepared for success – that was the real key pre-Christmas.

“And post-Christmas we’ve just been building every week on our style of play and what we’re doing in our game skills, so (we’ve) been really happy with the way the lads are coming along.”

With the Tigers forced to train and play at several different venues during the redevelopment of Claremont Oval, Harris says the use of the new venue will help the team compete for longer and hold them in good stead for the upcoming season.

“I think the key strategy is the use of the gym,” Harris said.

“(Last year) we felt like, when we were playing against the better sides, we physically couldn’t compete over a long period of time, and I reckon that’s through years of not having complete gym programs and real accountability around it.

“You can’t hide at the moment because of our facility with the gym, so we feel like we’re a lot stronger and we’ll be able to compete more, but that’s where we’re going to get our self-esteem from…just getting our strength up in the gym, which we’ve worked hard at.”

Another positive was the condition the playing group returned in after the Christmas break.

“A lot of personal bests, this time around with their running and their skinfolds and also their weight, so all the signs early are that we’re in pretty good shape,” Harris said.

After battling a lengthy injury list in 2017, the Tigers will be hoping for a cleaner bill of health in 2018.

“We’re reasonably happy with how the health of our list is,” Harris said.

“We’ve got a couple of long-termers but they’ll come good within time.

“We had a couple of (players undergo) shoulder operations last year, in Aden Wilkins and Tom Lee, but they’re starting to get to a stage where they’re not far away.”

The Tiger Army can look forward to seeing some new faces, with Tom Curren and Isaac Wallace joining the club, while a favourite son, Kane Mitchell, returns to Tigerland.

Curren, 25, played 25 games for St Kilda and won Sandringham’s best-and-fairest award in 2012.

“Tom’s come in and been a really good leader for us,” Harris said.

“We’re taking a real cautious approach with him at the moment (Curren missed all of last season with a fractured foot), so he’s building through a program that will have him get back, because he had an injury last year.”

Wallace, 19, played for the Murray Bushrangers and is capable of filling a number of positions.

“Isaac is a kid that’s come over from Victoria, and (we’re) really happy with the way he’s going about it,” Harris said.

“(He’s) a quality kid, looks like a tough nut and, the other good thing about him is he’s played some elite footy in the TAC Cup, he’s been a TAC Cup captain, so we know he’s got the talent, it’ll just take him a little while to settle.

“He was a midfielder in junior footy and, he’s played his best footy, probably, as a backman.

“That’s where he is at the moment, as a small defender, but we’d expect him to be able to play midfield and as a pressure-forward as well.”

Meanwhile, Mitchell, 28, will resume his Claremont career after travelling in 2017.

Mitchell played in Claremont’s 2011&2012 premiership teams and won the 2012 Sandover Medal, with a record 58 votes (equalling Matt Priddis' record for Subiaco in 2006) before being drafted by Port Adelaide, where he played 35 games.

“Kane’s jumping out of his skin to get going,” Harris said.

“Again, we’ll build him over the next couple of weeks before he gets into full training.”

The Tigers will need to fill a void left by a couple of experienced players and popular clubmen, with Ryan Neates and Mitch Andrews hanging up the boots.

“(It was) a bit of a shame to lose Neater and big Mitchy – they’ve been great servants,” Harris said.

“Mitch is at that time of his life where he’s got his kids and his business is going really well.

“He still really wants to play, but he can’t commit to the time.

“Ryan has just had a degenerative knee over the last two to three years and has struggled to get on the park.

“Because of that, I just think it’s worn him down, so he’s taken a break.”

The absence of Andrews in the ruck will be felt, with Harris looking to a mix of experienced midfielders and the rise of some Tiger cubs to help cover the loss.

“We’ve got some great kids,” Harris said.

“We’ve got to make sure that our midfielders, who are experienced, get around them and help them.

“Jeremy Goddard’s really working hard in his pre-season, (we’re) really happy with how he’s going.

“We saw Oliver Eastland, last year, play a couple of really good games towards the end of the year, so we know he’s got the talent and he’s also worked hard, and Eddie Simpson’s a pretty good ruckman.

“You can also throw Kaiden Gilbert into that mix as well, who hasn’t played a league game yet, but we really think he could be a player for us.

“He’ll be a forward-ruckman as well.”

These emerging Tigers are getting used to a new voice helping them learn their craft, with WAFL legend and hall of famer, Percy Johnson, joining the club to work with the young talls.

“Perc has been great,” Harris said.

“He’s been around (for) a while - we love having him work with the kids and they’re enjoying him as well.”

With Kepler Bradley moving into a senior assistant role with the league side, where he will be in charge of stoppages and assist Andrew Embley (midfield coach), 2006 West Coast Eagles premiership player, Steven Armstrong, has been appointed Development Coach.

“I’ve had a good relationship with him (Armstrong) over a long period of time, so he comes in and coaches the reserves and really brings some experience as well,” Harris said.

“Craig White steps up to the forward line in the senior side, so it’s a really good coaching group and, (when) you throw Geoff Valentine, our most experienced coach, down back, we’re pretty happy with the group we’ve got.”

The Tigers will also have a change in captaincy, with Jake Murphy stepping down after four seasons in the role.

“(On) our camp weekend we’ll have our player vote,” Harris said.

“We’ve had one, we’ve had a standards group, now we’ll pick our leadership group at the camp and, from there, that leadership group will nominate their captain based on the votes.”

With pre-season matches set to commence early next month, Harris says the Tigers are looking forward to testing themselves against opposition teams.

“We’ve got a camp coming up which will be important for our education and our building of our relationships and making sure they’re strong,” Harris said.

“From here on in we’re pretty much getting close to game mode.

“(They’re) looking forward to that, the boys, no doubt and, it always gets to this time of year and you start to get sick of playing each other and you want to play some opposition teams.”

The first of Claremont’s pre-season matches is against Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval on March 10.

Dan Scamozzi - CFC Journalist

2018 Player Quiz - Harry Sinclair

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 2:14 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Get to know the Claremont League Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

Q1 Name: Harry Sinclair
Q2 Nickname: Sincs
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Fremantle
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: PSA Alcock cup 2013
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Mathew Pavlich
Q6 Favourite food: Pizza
Q7 Favourite movie: Hitmans bodyguard
Q8 Favourite TV show: Friends
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Dan Webster
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: A beach house in Yallingup
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Canada
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Outgoing and hardworking
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
         1 Roger Federer
         2 Elon Musk
         3 Post Malone
Q14 Your most treasured possession: My dog (border collie)
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Surf, drink coffee and walk my dog
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? 2016 Reserves premiership
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Morgan Davies / Josh Bennett both love the mirror
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Jesse Laurie
Q19 Before a game I always: Eat banana bread
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered Hardworking and Professional

Mitchell Returns to Tigerland

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 4:11 PM

The Claremont Football Club is ecstatic to announce the return of a favourite son, Kane Mitchell. Five years after a breakout season that saw him secure the EB Cook, the Sandover Medal, and leading the Club to our second premiership in many years. Kane’s journey across the country and across the world have led him back to Davies Road for the 2018 Season and beyond. In the years away from Tigerland, Kane spent 4 of those in South Australia with the Port Adelaide Football Club playing a total of 35 AFL games and kicking 19 goals. A year away from the game followed in 2017, where Mitchell applied his trademark enthusiasm and tenacity to the more relaxing pursuits of snowboarding the ski fields in Canada.

A journey south through the Americas followed before the football itch became too great and a return to his home town eventuated. The club is delighted to have a player of this ability and character return to the club where it all began for him, some 14 years ago in our development squads.

With round 1 just under 2 months away be sure to jump on the tiger train for what is sure to be a fantastic season. Call the club to become a member today.


Darcy Coffey
Football Operations Manager

2018 Season Launch Now On Sale

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 2:30 PM

The Claremont Football Club will officially launch the 2018 WAFL Premiership Season in the new CFC Club Function Rooms on Thursday March 22nd from 6pm.

Join us as we draw the winners of this year's Sponsorship prizes, present the Senior Team and take part as player groups are auctioned off as part of our annual Player Sweepstakes.

Ticket Prices

Members: $110  (*Please note: Your Membership will be verified)

Non-Members: $120


Purchase your tickets here.

2018 CFC Polos

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 9:31 AM

Pre-order your 2018 CFC Polos Today!

Estimated arrival date: 30th of March 2018.

Click here to buy now. 

2018 Player Quiz - Tom Lee

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 8:48 AM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Get to know the Claremont League Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

Q1 Name: Tom Lee
Q2 Nickname: Tet
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Brisbane Lions
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Playing at half time of the first sell out Derby at Subi
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Charlie Le Fanu
Q6 Favourite food: Ice Coffee
Q7 Favourite movie: Forrest Gump
Q8 Favourite TV show: The Simpsons
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Kepler Bradley
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: An ice-cold pint of swan to celebrate
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: The Maldives
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Jovial
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
         1 Rob Dyrdek
         2 Mark Knopfler
         3 Carrie Underwood
Q14 Your most treasured possession: My 2 dogs
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Walk my dogs
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? The 2011 and 2012 grand finals
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Nick Winmar 100%
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Beau Maister
Q19 Before a game I always: Walk and grab a coffee
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? As someone who would do anything for the Claremont footy club

Meet Our New Recruits

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Isaac Wallace 

Age: 19
From: Murray Bush Rangers FC (VIC)
 
Isaac is a country Victorian who made the move to Perth in November, to join the Claremont Football Club for the 2018 Season. Isaac is a very hard worker, full of courage and has not missed a beat since arriving at Tiger Land. He will be looking to cement him self in the side as a small defender in 2018, as a shut down player on oppositions best small forwards. Isaac is living in Claremont and has just started a carpentry apprenticeship which he is enjoying.
 

 

 

Tom Curren

Age: 25 
From: St Kilda FC & Sandringhams FC (VIC)
 
Tom arrived from Victoria in late November as well. He's played 25 games with St Kilda Football Club over a 4 year period and has also won Sandringhams best and fairest in 2012, which is St Kilda’s affiliate side. Tom has fitted in seamlessly with his leadership and professionalism a standout around the club. He is currently in rehab but will be right to go for the start of the season. Tom will give us a much needed boost in the midfield and his leadership will be invaluable. Off the field Tom is living in the Claremont Football house and working in strength and conditioning with our 16’s development squad, whilst also working part- time at a local gym.