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Langdon relishing new role

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 1:29 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

Zac Langdon had more inside 50s (eight) than any other player in Claremont’s 59-point win against Perth in round three, and after bulking up over the off-season, is enjoying spending more time in the midfield.

Langdon played 11 League games in 2016 but knew he had more to offer after playing in the Reserves’ premiership.

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Round 4 - East Perth v Claremont

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 8:43 AM

By Dan Scamozzi

Three consecutive wins is what Claremont will be aiming for when they face East Perth at Leederville Oval on Friday night.

The Tigers demolished Perth by 59 points in round three to make it consecutive wins, while the Royals are yet to record a victory this season.

Ryan Neates is set to be sidelined for two weeks after suffering a knee injury in the win over Perth, while Jared Hardisty (ankle) and Nick Winmar (hamstring) will need to pass fitness tests.

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Revo Fitness Injury Update: Round 3

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:02 PM

CFC Football Operations Manager Darcy Coffey brings you the latest injury news after Round 3. 

Development Report: Tigers Overrun by Demons

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:11 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

Claremont’s Reserves remain winless after a 19-point loss to Perth at Lathlain Park left the Tigers with consecutive losses to start the season.

Despite a bye in round two and 24-point lead at half-time, Claremont were outscored 11 goals to four in the second half of the 13.11 (89) to 16.12 (108) defeat despite leading at every change and recording seven more inside 50s.

However, there were positives for the Tigers.

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League Report: Manuel leads the way for Tigers

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 12:01 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

A best-on-ground performance from Alex Manuel helped Claremont record consecutive wins after smashing Perth by 59 points at Lathlain Park.

The hard-working Tiger, in just his ninth League game, finished with 27 disposals, seven marks and five goals as well as having a hand in several others to take home the players’ player award following the 22.15 (147) to 13.10 (88) victory.

The Tigers won every quarter, recorded 19 more inside 50s, 14 more scoring shots and had nine goal kickers as they continued their dominant start to the season and left the Demons winless.

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Round 3 - Perth v Claremont

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:34 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

Claremont will be looking to record consecutive wins when they face Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers recorded a 62-point victory over East Fremantle in round one before a bye last weekend, and will be looking to put in another spirited performance against the Demons, who have started the season with two losses.

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Murphy makes his mark

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 9:14 AM

By Ken Casellas

Teenager Ryan Murphy fell out of love with football after shining in Claremont’s stirring 69-point colts premiership triumph over Swan Districts in 2015.

But after a football-free 2016 he has ignited the passion for the game and made a splendid league debut --- in an unfamiliar role --- when the Tigers crushed East Fremantle in a round one contest at East Fremantle Oval last Saturday.

His consistently spirited and skilful play as a fleet-footed wingman and a strong and determined inside midfielder earned him the accolade as Claremont’s fairest-and-best colts player in the 2015 season.

But with the wealth of talent in the Claremont league side’s midfield this year, the 19-year-old Murphy, who is not related to the club’s captain Jake Murphy, was going to find it tough to gain a spot in the league side as a midfielder ahead of his namesake, Jye Bolton, Ryan Neates, Ryan Lim, Bailey Banfield and others.

However, he was able to force his way into the senior side for the season’s opener as a small defender. The 1208TH player to represent Claremont in senior football, he performed with dash and assurance in a back pocket, finishing the contest with three marks, 12 kicks, three handpasses and four inside 50s.

It was in the second week of pre-season training that new coach Darren Harris suggested to Murphy that he should concentrate on developing his skills and using his natural pace and precise foot-passing to become a successful defender.

So, Murphy took up the challenge and was used as a defender in match simulation practice and scratch matches. He was soon impressing with his speed and accurate kicking as he developed into a rebounding backman.

“Now I try to run and carry and break lines,” he said. And that was evident early in the first quarter of the match against East Fremantle when Murphy marked an errant, rushed kick from Sharks defender Ryan Lester-Smith on the scoreboard wing. He played on, took a bounce and passed accurately to Zac Langdon.

Another confident dash, complete with a bounce, early in the third quarter saw Murphy pass the ball to Ian Richardson, who delivered to Alex Manuel for a Claremont goal.

Murphy admitted that in the two weeks before the match against East Fremantle that he had learnt a lot when he was used in a back pocket in scratch matches against Subiaco’s Liam Ryan and South Fremantle’s Cory Dell-Olio.

“I learnt heaps,” he said. “I’ve got my offensive style in the backline reasonably natural, but I’m still learning a lot about the defensive side of things. You always have to be accountable when opposed to players like Liam Ryan. Give those types of players too much space and they’ll kill you.

“Playing on him, you’ve got to body him a up. He’s got a lot of pace and you have got to watch him because he gets high up the ground. He’s also got an amazing leap, so you’ve got to try to block his run without giving away a free-kick.

“And against Dell-Olio, you’ve got to be switched on 24/7. He kicked a good goal from a stoppage when I was late to get to him. I didn’t get enough body on him. You can’t give players like him an inch.”

Regarding his decision not to play football in 2016, Murphy said that after the excitement of playing in the colts premiership side in 2015, he didn’t have the passion or motivation to take part in a full pre-season program and then play for a full season.

“I felt that I wanted to have a bit of a break from football and focus a bit more on my studies and work a bit more,” he said.

“I still watched a lot of football and kept up to date with things at Claremont. I always had the intention of coming back to Claremont, and after a year off, I was passionate about going back and giving it a hundred per cent.

“My goal was to getting into the league at some stage of the season. But I certainly wasn’t expecting to be in the team for round one. I now like to back myself in, whereas generally in the past I put a lot of pressure on myself to play well.

“This year I’m going out there with the plan of backing myself in. And it has helped me a lot with the support I’ve had from the coaches and all the players.”

Last year Murphy, who was a member of the Scotch College winning Alcock Cup team in 2013, was studying for a commerce degree at the University of Western Australia before swapping to a sports science course. “Now I’ve taken a semester off and am working full-time, cleaning cars at a rental business in Victoria Park,” he said.    

Lee notches his century

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 8:54 AM

 By Ken Casellas

Tom Lee left Claremont on a high as a member of Claremont’s 2012 league premiership side --- and he made a wonderful return to the Tigers, after four years with St Kilda, with a brilliant five-goal performance against East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval last Saturday.

The third of his five majors took his tally of goals in senior football for the Tigers to one hundred --- and he has become the 69th player in the history of the club to notch a century of goals.

The 26-year-old Lee now has booted 87 goals in 47 WAFL matches for Claremont and he also has scored 15 goals in six Foxtel Cup contests.

Lee, who played at centre-half-forward against the Sharks, also had several stints in the ruck to relieve the hard-working Mitch Andrews, was the club’s leading goalkicker in 2012 with a tally of 60 goals and just 20 behinds.

Ian Richardson, who booted 62 goals to head the Claremont goalkicking list in his debut season in 2008, added another major to his tally last Saturday to move within one goal of a great milestone --- his 350th in WAFL ranks.

The left-footed Richardson is a true champion of the Claremont Football Club, often understated, but always at the coalface. His contribution in his 167 WAFL matches has been outstanding.

His 349 league goals puts him in fourth position in the club’s all-time goalkicking list --- behind such stars as Warren Ralph (564 goals), George Moloney (555) and Wayne Harvey (389). Jack Stewart (319) and Steve Malaxos (308) are the only other players to have scored 300 or more goals for the Tigers.

Not only did the Claremont players enjoy the round one victory over East Fremantle, but they celebrated several birthdays. Tom Ledger turned 25 last Friday, Beau Maister chalked up his 31st birthday on Monday, the same day as Ryan Lim turned 21. And Bailey Rogers was 20 on Wednesday.

League Report: Langdon leads Tigers’ rout

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 8:35 AM

An inspired performance from Zac Langdon helped Claremont destroy a woeful East Fremantle by 62 points at East Fremantle Oval in the opening round of the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season.

Despite trailing by 19 points at quarter-time after an early onslaught by the Sharks, the Tigers slammed on 18 goals to five after quarter-time in the 19.9 (123) to 9.7 (61) demolition to give the team and new coach Darren Harris an outstanding start to the season.

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Development report: Rogers shines in Tigers’ loss

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 8:32 AM - by Dan Scamozzi

 

A herculean performance from Bailey Rogers wasn’t enough to stop Claremont’s Reserves suffering a 53-point defeat to East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval in the opening round of the 2017 McDonald's WAFL Premiership Season.

Rogers, thriving in his new role as a midfielder, worked tirelessly to finish with 31 disposals, several smothers and Claremont’s players’ player award in the 7.4 (46) to 15.9 (99) defeat, as the Tigers were outscored 13 goals to five after quarter-time.

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