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Friday, March 23, 2018 - 11:09 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claremont Tigers Masterclass hosted by Kepler Bradley (CFC Senior Assistant) & Sam Cousens (State 16's Forwards Coach).

Event Details

Ages: School Years 7 - 10
When: Thursday April 26th
Where: PCYC (77 Sanford Road, Albany)
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Cost: $100 (including; academy bag, academy water bottle & academy shirt)
Lunch is provided.

Includes

  • Skill and craft training
  • Individual athletic testing (vertical jump, 20 meter sprint, agility)
  • Masterclass Academy Game

To register, click here or call (08) 9384 9200.

2018 Player Quiz - Isaac Wallace

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:04 AM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Get to know CFC's Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

Q1 Name: Isaac Wallace
Q2 Nickname: Wally/meatball
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Collingwood
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Under 14 premiership
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Mike Tyson
Q6 Favourite food: Meat pie
Q7 Favourite movie: Pulp Fiction
Q8 Favourite TV show: Avatar the last airbender
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Travis Pastrana
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Ford F-150 rat rod
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Iceland
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Good bloke hopefully, hard working
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
               1. Charles Bukowski
               2. Samuel L Jackson
               3. Eddie Vedder
Q14 Your most treasured possession: A letter from my dad
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Go to the movies, relax or go to the beach
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? First training session
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Jack Lewsey
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Joshy Bennett can get a bit lippy
Q19 Before a game I always: Eat porridge and listen to heavy metal
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Hard working and a leader

Welcome back, Kane

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

It was a sight to gladden the hearts of all Claremont supporters --- Kane Mitchell running on to Claremont Oval last Saturday to play in his first match for 572 days.

 And what a delightful return to action it was by Mitchell, wearing the No. 1 jumper in the pre-season scratch match against Perth.

He started on the scoreboard wing and revealing his trademark aggressive approach to the football the 28-year-old Mitchell gained the first kick of the contest. He produced a splendid four-quarter effort and finished with five marks, 15 kicks, 14 effective handpasses and five tackles.

It was certainly a grand return by the hard-running midfielder and 2012 Sandover medallist who spent four years playing for AFL side Port Adelaide and the Port Adelaide Magpies in the SANFL competition before taking the year off in 2017 to enjoy snow-boarding in Canada and travelling around the United States and South America.

Saturday’s match was his first game since he helped the Port Adelaide Magpies beat Norwood by 25 points at Alberton Oval on Sunday, August 21, 2016. It was also his first appearance for the Tigers for exactly 2000 days --- when he was a shining light for Claremont in the club’s great victory by 26 points over East Fremantle in the WAFL grand final at Subiaco Oval on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

His namesake, Corey Mitchell, a son of triple Claremont league premiership player Kevin Mitchell, also was under the spotlight in Saturday’s scratch match, playing in a forward pocket. The diminutive 19-year-old showed sparkling speed, made position cleverly and impressed greatly with his tenacity and strongly tackling.

Another forward to show out with his tackling and the pressure he put on his opponents was half-forward Alex Manuel, who looks set for an excellent season.

By Ken Casellas

Goddard Stars In Tigers’ Defeat

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 9:57 AM

Claremont suffered a nine-point defeat to Perth in the second of their pre-season matches at Claremont Oval on Saturday, but the form of a Tiger cub was the big positive to come out of the match.

Despite the Tigers recording six more scoring shots and leading at every change, inaccuracy and a lack of goal kickers hurt the hosts, as the efficient Demons slammed on five goals to one in the final term to prevail 10.2 (62) to 7.11 (53).

However, the imposing Jeremy Goddard, who made his league debut against Perth in round 20, 2017, impressed with his tap-work and provided a presence around the ground to show he is capable of filling the void left by the retired Mitch Andrews.

The Tigers went into the game minus captain Ian Richardson, Jye Bolton, Anton Hamp and Beau Maister, and lost Keifer Yu to a shin injury in the first half.

Vice-captain Kane Mitchell lined up for his first game of the pre-season, with Haydn Busher, Ben Higgs and Nick Winmar also among the inclusions.

With joint vice-captain Ryan Lim leading the team, the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term with the breeze at their backs, as a crunching tackle by Yu earned the tenacious Tiger a holding-the-ball free-kick, before Perth kicked the opening goal.

Matt Palfrey replied after a great pass from Bailey Rogers on his non-preferred foot and gave the Tigers a two-point lead, before Busher won a free-kick for a great tackle in defence.

Alex Manuel, who has a habit of kicking goals from tight angles, then kicked Claremont’s second major with an impressive effort from the left-forward pocket and gave the Tigers an eight-point lead at quarter-time.

Despite the advantage, coach Darren Harris implored the Tigers to spread harder, before a second goal to Palfrey gave the team a great start to the second term and three consecutive majors.

Perth replied with consecutive goals to level the scores, before Palfrey was reported for rough conduct.

A great build-up from defence and pass from the hardworking Corey Mitchell enabled Jordan Law to kick Claremont’s fourth goal, before former Tiger Corey Yeo replied for Perth, courtesy of a 50m penalty.

This meant the Tigers took a one-point lead into half-time, however, Yu would take no further part in the game.

A scrappy start to the second half was halted when Jacob Sideris kicked truly to give the Tigers a nine-point lead, before Morgan Davies, who starred against Peel Thunder at the same venue seven days earlier, provided an inspirational chase and tackle to deny Perth a shot on goal.

New recruit Tom Curren then split the middle from deep in the left-forward pocket to extend Claremont’s lead to 17 points, before Perth replied and trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 13 points at the final change.

A booming goal to Yeo (second) was the first of consecutive goals to Perth as the visitors started the final term in quick fashion and closed to within one point, before Oliver Eastland snapped a timely major for the Tigers.

With Mitchell and Tom Ledger prominent, a great tackle from C. Mitchell earned the hardworking Tiger a free-kick, before a rampant Perth kicked the final three goals.

The Tigers face Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday in their third and final pre-season match.

CLAREMONT 2.2 4.3 6.9 7.11 (53)

PERTH 1.0 4.2 5.2 10.2 (62)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 2 M. Palfrey, 1 T. Curren, O. Eastland, A. Manuel, J. Law, J. Sideris.

By Dan Scamozzi

Tigers Overrun By Demons

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The second of Claremont’s Reserves’ pre-season matches took place at Claremont Oval on Saturday, with the injury-hit Tigers suffering a 37-point defeat against Perth.

Despite the Tigers leading at every change, Perth kicked seven unanswered goals in the final term to prevail 13.10 (88) to 8.3 (51).

The Tigers lost Declan McNamara (cut) in the first term, while Jesse Laurie suffered a thumb injury in the first half and James Egan was assisted from the field late in the game.

Jared Hardisty starred in the first half with his relentless attack on the ball and ability to drive the Tigers forward, before sitting out the second half as he manages his return from injury.

Jordan Reid was a standout for the Tigers in the ruck with his athletic leap and repeat efforts and also kicked one goal, while Dylan Smallwood impressed in defence.

Corey Hitchcock was another to impress with his reading of the play, ability to find good positions and two goals, along with Addison Dew.

Tom Lee showed he isn’t far away from a senior return, with the forward’s strong marking, accurate kicking (three goals) and ability to work up the ground heartening the Tigers’ faithful.

With Kaiden Gilbert captaining the team, the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term with the breeze at their backs, as an early goal to Hitchcock from 50m on a tight angle gave the hosts an ideal start to the contest.

With Hardisty already in the thick of the action and setting the tone, he then set up Lee for the first of his three goals with a brilliant pass as the Tigers made it consecutive majors and took an 11-point lead.

Tre Kelton quickly made it three consecutive goals when he marked strongly and made the Demons pay, courtesy of a 50m penalty, before Gilbert pounced on an errant kick across Perth’s goal to dribble through the Tigers’ fourth major and give the hosts a 23-point lead.

Lee’s efforts inside 50 were another early positive for the Tigers, before the Demons kicked their first goal after the quarter-time siren in dubious fashion, with Claremont conceding a 50m penalty despite returning the ball to the opposition on the full following a free-kick.

With the Tigers holding a 17-point lead at the first change after a brilliant start, assistant coach Aaron Holt, deputising for the absent Steven Armstrong, lauded the team’s outstanding pressure, ball movement and repeat efforts.

In keeping with these traits, a holding-the-ball free-kick to Damon Enosa reaffirmed the Tigers’ appetite for the contest, before Reid kicked the team’s fifth goal to give the hosts a great start to the second term and 23-point lead.

A second goal to Hitchcock, resulting from another great tackle and holding-the-ball free-kick, extended the advantage to 27 points, before two goals in the space of 90 seconds to Lachlan Dennis and a major to Marshall Jones saw Perth finish the first half in strong fashion and trim Claremont’s lead to nine points at half-time.

With Hardisty and Laurie both done for the game and the Tigers already one player down, a pass from Enosa following a patient transition from defence allowed Lee to kick his second goal and establish a 16-point lead, before James Corner replied for Perth.

A goal-saving smother from Harry Sinclair briefly halted Perth, before Dennis kicked his third to trim Claremont’s lead to just four points.

Lee then expertly read the drop of the ball, used his body to perfection to mark a pass from the hardworking Bailey Bennett and kick his third goal and give the Tigers a nine-point lead at the final change, with Holt lauding the team’s pressure and switching of the play.

Sadly for the Tigers, it would be all Perth in the final term, as the visitors slammed on seven unanswered goals to prevail in comfortable fashion.

The Tigers face Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday in their third and final pre-season match.

Meanwhile, Claremont defeated Perth by two points in the Colts, 10.9 (69) to 10.7 (67).

CLAREMONT 4.1 6.1 8.2 8.3 (51)

PERTH 1.2 4.4 6.5 13.10 (88)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 3 T. Lee, 2 C. Hitchcock, 1 K. Gilbert, T. Kelton, J. Reid.

 

2018 Player Quiz - Alex Manuel

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 2:58 PM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Get to know CFC's Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!
 
Q1 Name: Alex Manuel
Q2 Nickname: Manners, Frenchman, Silk
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Fremantle FC
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: The one game in u12's where dad told me I played well
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Steven Gerrard
Q6 Favourite food: Teriyaki Salmon
Q7 Favourite movie: The Intouchables
Q8 Favourite TV show: Game of Thrones
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Giillon McLachlan
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Holiday for friends & family
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Japan in the snow season
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Funny, intelligent and good looking
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
           1. Barack Obama
           2. J.K. Rowling
           3. Steven Gerrard
Q14 Your most treasured possession: My dog Oscar and my cat Puss
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Take Oscar for a walk/have a nap
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Winning on my debut for Claremont against South Fremantle in the wet
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Morgan Davies
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Tom Shanahan
Q19 Before a game I always: Grab some powerades from the petrol station
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? As a respected team player

Tigers No Match For Thunder: League

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 2:25 PM

The first of Claremont’s pre-season matches took place at Claremont Oval on Saturday, with a youthful Tigers team, missing several first-choice players, suffering a 59-point defeat to a Peel Thunder team featuring 12 AFL-listed players.

Despite the Tigers dominating uncontested marks for most of the match, they were unable to penetrate Peel’s set-up and defence as the visitors’ superiority around the stoppages and six-goal-to-two first half paved the way for their 13.11 (89) to 4.6 (30) triumph.

Jye Bolton, Jake Murphy, Haydn Busher, Kane Mitchell, Jared Hardisty, Jack Richardson and Nick Winmar were some of the names who didn’t feature for Claremont, while Tom Lee made a successful comeback in the Reserves as he works his way back to full fitness following shoulder surgery last year.

Morgan Davies was a shining light for the Tigers with his uncompromising attack on the ball and ability to drive the team forward, while Alex Manuel was the team’s only multiple goal kicker.

Shaquille Morton and Ryan Lim were others who impressed in an otherwise disappointing performance.

An early smother from Tom Shanahan was reflective of the contested start to the game as both teams cracked in to try and gain the early ascendancy, before a partial smother from Keifer Yu prevented Peel’s Leroy Jetta from kicking the opening goal of the game.

However, the visitors didn’t have to wait long, as Haydn Matthews made the Tigers pay from a 50m penalty and gave Peel a nine-point lead.

An inspiring tackle from Davies on Peel captain Gerald Ugle earned the tenacious Tiger a free-kick, before a groggy Eddie Simpson left the field for Claremont but would return.

An intercept mark from Manuel saw the hardworking Tiger kick Claremont’s first goal, before consecutive majors gave Peel a 14-point lead at the first change.

Claremont coach Darren Harris paid credit to the team’s structure but implored them to improve at the stoppages, with the Tigers well beaten in that area but dominating uncontested marks.

A quick goal to Peel gave the visitors three in a row and a 20-point lead early in the second term, before a great chase and tackle from Manuel reaffirmed the Tigers’ appetite for the contest.

Corey Mitchell then ran into an open goal after a pinpoint pass from new captain Ian Richardson to pull the Tigers to within 14 points, before Peel again responded with consecutive majors to take a 32-point lead at the main change.

Goals to Richardson and Manuel (second) were the highlights of the third term for Claremont, however, with the Tigers needing to capitalise with the breeze at their backs, a wasteful return of 2.4 meant the team could only trim the margin to 28 points at the final change.

A disappointing final term from Claremont saw Peel slam on five goals to nil and prevail in commanding fashion.

The Tigers host Perth at the same venue on Saturday.

CLAREMONT 1.1 2.1 4.5 4.6 (30)

PEEL THUNDER 3.3 6.9 8.9 13.11 (89)

By Dan Scamozzi

Tigers Pipped By Thunder: Reserves

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The first of Claremont’s Reserves’ pre-season matches took place at Claremont Oval on Saturday, with Peel Thunder recording a 13-point win against the Tigers.

In warm but windy conditions, a three-goal-to-nil second term paved the way for Peel’s 13.9 (87) to 11.8 (74) win against a Tigers outfit featuring a host of new faces.

A five-goal-to-two third term, described by new Claremont coach Steven Armstrong as “awesome”, was a big positive for the Tigers as well as the performances from several players.

Ben Higgs is a player who can play at both ends of the ground but seems to have added another string to his bow, with the utility, who captained the team, combining his time in the midfield and forward line with aplomb as he worked hard around the ground and also drove the Tigers forward and kicked one goal.

Ben Rushforth, James Egan, Lewis Davis and Jake Stergiou were others who impressed, while Tom Lee led the goal kicking with two majors and worked tirelessly before icing his shoulder in the final term as he works his way back to full fitness following surgery last year.

The Tigers had 10 goal kickers, but will look to improve on the basics and the way they transition the ball from defence ahead of their next game.

A clever goal from Cooper Nitschke in the opening minute of the game gave Claremont a brilliant start, before Peel hit back with two majors.

The hardworking Egan then mowed down an opponent to earn himself a free-kick and kick the Tigers’ second, before Peel hit back with three consecutive goals to take a 22-point lead.

Goals to Higgs and Lee soon followed, with the latter set up by some repeat efforts and a smart handball from Damon Enosa, to leave the Tigers trailing by 10 points at the first change.

Armstrong implored the team to fix the simple things and the defenders to get tighter but, unfortunately for the Tigers, a disappointing second term saw Peel kick three unanswered goals to extend their lead to 27 points at the main change.

An early goal to start the second half gave the visitors four in a row and a commanding 34-point lead, before the Tigers kicked into gear.

Five of the next six goals, including a second to Lee, saw Claremont trailing by just nine points at the final change after a barnstorming and brilliant third term.

However, the Tigers were unable to pull off a comeback, with Peel kicking three goals to two in the final term to prevail.

The Tigers host Perth at the same venue on Saturday.

In the earlier games, Peel Thunder recorded a 40-point win against Claremont in the Colts, 14.15 (99) to 9.5. (59), while the visitors also prevailed in the 16s, 4.11 (35) to 3.13 (31).

CLAREMONT 4.1 4.3 9.6 11.8 (74)

PEEL THUNDER 5.5 8.6 10.9 13.9 (87)

By Dan Scamozzi

2018 Player Quiz - Morgan Davies

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:33 AM


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Q1 Name: Morgan Davies
Q2 Nickname: Bondi
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Didn’t support a specific club
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Winning 3 flags in a row
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Gary Ablett jnr and Odell Beckham jnr
Q6 Favourite food: Chicken schnitzel
Q7 Favourite movie: Brave heart or gladiator
Q8 Favourite TV show: Entourage or Brooklyn nine nine
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Jye Bolton
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: a wave pool at my house
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: The US
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Too competitive
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
        1. Justin Bieber
        2. Michael Jordan
        3. ASAP Rocky
Q14 Your most treasured possession: Snap chat or IG app
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Go to bondi beach
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Rd 7, 2017, 2nd quarter vs swan districts: Jye Bolton hand balled me the ball in game
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Me
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Jake Murphy or Tom shanahan
Q19 Before a game I always: Listen to music
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? A Skilful/tough player who had a impact in the big games

New Role For Ryan Murphy

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:15 AM

Ryan Murphy, Claremont’s best first-year player last season when he excelled as a rebounding defender, is likely to be seen in a different role in 2018.

That’s a considered conclusion after watching him in action in a spirited intra-club scratch match at Claremont Oval on Saturday morning.

Coach Darren Harris was keen to experiment with the skilful Murphy and used him as a midfielder, who was immediately under notice with a dashing performance in the opening quarter. He is fast, clever, composed and delights with his precise kicking.

The 20-year-old Murphy played in a back pocket and on a half-back flank last year when he used his pace to break the lines and set up attacking moves.

The Tigers will have an abundance of excellent midfielders this year, including Jye Bolton, Ryan Lim, Kane Mitchell, Jared Hardisty, Tom Curren and Jake Murphy, suggesting that Harris will be able to rotate these players constantly in a bid to maintain great pressure on opposing sides. Ryan Murphy should also get his chance to join this distinguished list.

Ryan Murphy, small of stature but big in talent, resumed playing football in 2017 after taking a year off, following his outstanding display as a midfielder when he was a key figure in Claremont’s 69-point colts premiership triumph over Swan Districts in 2015.

Another interesting and successful experiment made by Harris in last Saturday’s scratch match was the move of the experienced Tom Ledger from his traditional spot on a wing to a back pocket where he was opposed to captain Ian Richardson.

Ledger and Richardson had an intriguing duel, with Ledger frequently under notice and finishing the contest with five marks, 15 kicks and three effective handpasses.

Bailey Rogers, who was resolute and strong on a half-back flank in the first half, was switched into the centre after half-time and impressed with his robust performance.

Nick Winmar shone on a wing and looks set for a fine season. He took six marks, had 13 kicks and made five effective handpasses.

Jordan Law, back in Perth after three years studying in Sydney and playing for Sydney University, gave a wholehearted display as a midfield tagger. He finished fifth in the Claremont colts fairest-and-best award in 2013 and enjoyed a solid season with the reserves in 2014. He is a welcome addition to the senior squad this year.

Curren gave a most encouraging display in his first public appearance for the Tigers. The accomplished midfielder started with a splendid five-kick first quarter and he maintained his high standards in the second term before being used sparingly in the second half. His accurate foot-passing was a feature and so, too, was his wonderful ability to read the play.

A highlight of Curren’s display came at the 16-minute mark of the second quarter when he showed tremendous determination to lunge at the boot of Jordon Reid and smother Reid’s kick, with the ball dribbling out of bounds.

It was extremely heartening to see talented young defender Jack Beeck back in action after missing the entire 2017 season as he recovered from a knee reconstruction. Keifer Yu was outstanding in defence and others to show out in the back lines included Rogers, Haydn Busher, Charlie Le Fanu, Shaquille Morton, Lachie Martinis and Fraser Gilbert.

Several established league players (Jake Murphy, Bolton, Beau Maister, Tom Lee, Hardisty, Jess Laurie, Mitchell, Anton Hamp, Harry McCracken and Jack Richardson) did not take part in the scratch match. Most of them will be fit to play in scratch matches on the next three Saturdays.

By Ken Casellas