For those of you who have passed by Davies Road in recent times you would have seen the amazing progress of the Club’s new facility. It has risen out of the ground at rapid pace since the underground carpark was completed to the stage where installation of the roof of the three story building has commenced.Read More ...
By Ken Casellas
Highly-decorated Claremont champion Luke Blackwell is still shining on the football field and he has just added another trophy to his bulging cabinet.
He was a shining light for Aberfeldie this year and he has won the Dick Reynolds Medal as the fairest-and-best player in the Essendon District Football League competition.Read More ...
By Ken Casellas
We marvelled at the wonderful athleticism, the prodigious leap and sparkling speed of the skinny kid who arrived at Claremont in 2011 and became an instant star in the club’s colts side.
Joel Hamling was a beanpole, but he certainly could play. And what a delight it was for Claremont supporters to watch him shine for the Western Bulldogs in their magnificent triumph over the Sydney Swans in the AFL grand final on Saturday.
Now 23, and considerably more muscular than he was when he made the journey from Broome to join the Claremont Tigers in 2011, Hamling was outstanding at full-back where he eclipsed superstar Lance Franklin.
Hamling kept Franklin under wraps and his ten effective spoils helped him to restrict the Swans champion to just one goal.
This was certainly a far cry from when the slender 16-year-old played in his previous premiership side, Cable Beach, in the West Kimberley Football League competition in 2009.
Born in Denmark in the deep south of Western Australia, Hamling was brought up in the Kimberley coastal town of Broome.
He made an immediate impression with the Claremont colts and represented WA in the national under-18 championships in 2011. A fractured shoulder forced him to miss several club matches, but he was fit to lead the Claremont ruck in the colts grand final against South Fremantle when his teammates included Tom Mitchell, Marley Williams and Jesse Hogan, all of whom have gone on to excel in AFL ranks.
In the first quarter of the colts grand final Hamling leapt high at a centre bounce to tap the ball to Mitchell and an excellent passage of play ended with Claremont’s first goal, off the boot of Jack Richardson. Four minutes later a splendid low pass from Hamling found full-forward Tim O’Hara for the side’s second major.
A highlight of the match came in the third quarter when a goal to Henry Woods was the direct result of a great individual effort from Hamling, who revealed tremendous dash down the corridor before booting the ball deep into attack. Hamling ran on strongly to gain possession at half-forward before passing accurately to Woods.
Hamling, Mitchell, Hogan and Williams were among Claremont’s best players in a losing cause.
About six weeks later Hamling was drafted by Geelong after having made only ten appearances for the Claremont colts. However, Hamling was unable to break into the powerful Geelong side. But he showed considerable promise in Geelong’s VFL side and after 42 matches in three seasons he was recruited by the Western Bulldogs as a delisted free agent.
Hamling is the third Kimberley and Claremont footballer to have been recruited by the Western Bulldogs in recent years, following in the footsteps of Zeph Skinner and Josh Hill.
He was making only his third appearance at the MCG last Saturday and the grand final was his first match against the Sydney Swans side which included outstanding midfielder Mitchell, who was devastating in the second quarter with 14 disposals.
Hamling now has played 23 AFL matches for the Bulldogs, 11 in 2015 and 12 this year.
Tigers Win 11th Premiership
By Dan Scamozzi
Claremont’s Reserves defeated East Perth by 18 points in the grand final at Domain Stadium last Sunday to secure their first premiership since 2012.
Despite trailing by 20 points at quarter-time, the Tigers won the next three terms and slammed on 12 goals to seven in the process to prevail 14.14 (98) to 12.8 (80).
The result gave Claremont its fourth premiership in seven years and 11th overall, as the Tigers capped off a fantastic season in style.
Congratulations to the team, coach Kepler Bradley and all of the support staff.
Jack Richardson took home the Merv McIntosh Medal as best on ground following his 12 marks (several contested) and five goals, while Gerrick Weedon continued his terrific form with 21 disposals, five tackles and two goals.
Tom Shanahan was brilliant in midfield with 24 disposals and six inside 50s, while Zac Langdon won 22 disposals, laid nine tackles and kicked one goal.
Harry Sinclair ensured that East Perth’s Steven Payne had no influence on the game, while Luke Maddock and Francis Watson were resolute in Claremont’s defence.
Justin Speed laid 10 tackles, with Claremont laying 18 more than East Perth, recording seven more inside 50s and eight more scoring shots in their memorable victory.
East Perth was led by Jordan Snadden (23 disposals, six marks), while Matthew Allen and Asher Samelko each kicked three goals.
A goal to Keifer Yu gave Claremont an ideal start to the game as the Tigers kicked to the city end of the ground in the opening term, before Richardson doubled the lead after being found by Ben Higgs in a move which was started by Cameron Palmer in defence.
However, the next five goals, including two to Allen and Samelko gave East Perth a 20-point lead at the opening change, with the Tigers needing to regain their composure.
A goal to Matthew Palfrey early in the second term did just that, before Lewis Wilson replied for East Perth.
Yu then allowed Weedon to kick truly, before Allen hit back for East Perth with his third major.
A second to Richardson saw Claremont respond, before a booming goal to Palmer saw the Tigers trailing by just seven points at half-time.
An early goal to Ben Musitano saw Claremont draw level early in the third term, before Shayne Hille replied for East Perth courtesy of a 50m penalty.
Higgs then replied for Claremont after being found by Alex Manuel and gave Claremont the lead, before Mitchell Lague reclaimed it for East Perth courtesy of another 50m penalty.
A third goal to Richardson saw both teams continue to trade goals in an entertaining contest, before a second to Hille gave East Perth a two-point lead at the final change.
A goal to Scott Jones extended the lead to eight points, before Langdon replied for Claremont following a kick forward by Weedon.
Weedon then went from goal provider to scorer with his second following a great mark and kick by Eddie Simpson to give Claremont the lead, before Sinclair made the most of a 50m penalty to give the Tigers an 11-point buffer.
A strong mark then allowed Richardson to kick his fourth goal and give the Tigers four in a row following a clearance by Speed, before Samelko hit back for East Perth with his third major.
However, in a fitting finale, Richardson would have the last say, as a clearance by Shanahan allowed the imposing forward to kick his fifth goal and give the Tigers their second straight win.
CLAREMONT 2.0 6.6 9.11 14.14 (98)
EAST PERTH 5.2 7.7 10.7 12.8 (80)
CLAREMONT: 5 J. RICHARDSON, 2 G. WEEDON, 1 B. HIGGS, K. YU, M. PALFREY, H. SINCLAIR, C. PALMER, Z. LANGDON, B. MUSITANO.
EAST PERTH: 3 M. ALLEN, A. SAMELKO, 2 S. HILLE, 1 L. WILSON, M. LAGUE, D. ROCHE, S. JONES.
CLAREMONT: J. RICHARDSON, G. WEEDON, T. SHANAHAN, Z. LANGDON, H. SINCLAIR, L. MARTINIS.
EAST PERTH: J. SNADDEN, S. HILLE, M. ALLEN, A. SAMELKO, S. JONES, W. MAGINNESS.
MERV McINTOSH MEDAL: J. RICHARDSON (C).
Tigers Win 15th Premiership
By Dan Scamozzi
Claremont’s Colts defeated East Perth by 18 points in the grand final at Domain Stadium last Sunday to secure back-to-back premierships.
Despite trailing by 20 points at quarter-time, the Tigers won the next three terms and slammed on 10 goals to five in the process to prevail 11.13 (79) to 9.7 (61).
The result gave Claremont its third premiership in four years and 15th overall, as the Tigers continued their recent dominance of the competition.
Congratulations to the team, coach Ross McQueen and all of the support staff.
Jake Waterman took home the Mel Whinnen Medal as best on ground following his 20 disposals, eight marks and four goals, while Bailey Banfield’s poise and class was on show with the Tiger finishing with 32 disposals, six tackles and five inside 50s.
Claremont’s defence stood tall, as it has done all year, and was led by players such as Dylan Smallwood, Lucas Baker, Declan Hardisty and Shaquille Morton, with the Tigers restricting their opposition to less than 10 goals for the 22nd time this season.
Jeremy Goddard dominated the ruck and worked hard around the ground to finish with 16 disposals, seven marks, five tackles and 44 hit outs, while Chris Oakley (15 disposals, four tackles, two goals) applied his trademark pressure in Claremont’s forward line.
Claremont’s pressure as a team and will to work for one another resulted in six more tackles, nine more inside 50s and eight more scoring shots, as the Tigers recorded a memorable victory.
East Perth was led by Sam Powell-Pepper, whose strength in and around the contest and ball-winning ability saw the Royal finish with 22 disposals, seven tackles and four goals, while Harley Stack and Ethan Christofis each chipped in with two goals.
With Claremont kicking to the city end of the ground in the opening term, a goal to Powell-Pepper gave East Perth first blood, before Oakley replied for the Tigers.
A miraculous snap from deep in the pocket saw Christofis kick East Perth’s second and one of the goals of the year, before Stack quickly added the Royals’ third major.
A great mark by Smallwood briefly halted East Perth’s momentum, however, an inability from Claremont to clear the ball from defence saw Matthew Young kick the Royals’ fourth major and give East Perth a 20-point lead at the opening change.
With Claremont yet to come to grips with the pace of the game and gain composure, a great tackle by Oakley provided a spark early in the second term, before Waterman kicked the Tigers’ second goal after a one-two with Jacob Sideris.
A goal to Jake Patmore quickly followed after a clearance and second effort by Jack Blaauw, as the Tigers recorded consecutive goals for the first time, before Powell-Pepper replied for East Perth with his second major.
A goal-saving tackle by Smallwood saved the Tigers deep in defence, before the ball was whisked up the other end for Waterman to kick his second goal.
Christofis then kicked his second to give the Royals some breathing space, before East Perth’s Stan Wright went into the umpire’s book for rough conduct on Shandley.
The result was a 12-point lead to East Perth at half-time, although Claremont had now worked their way into the game.
Powell-Pepper kicked his third goal at the start of the third term to extend the Royals’ lead to 18 points, before James Egan replied for Claremont.
Oakley then lit up the contest with a clever one-handed mark before adding his second goal three minutes later after being found by Banfield, before a goal to Shandley gave Claremont the lead for the first time.
Bailey Bennett then added his name to the goal kickers’ list to give the Tigers four in a row and an eight-point lead at the final change.
A quick kick forward by Blaauw allowed Waterman to take a strong mark and kick his third major to start the final term, before a second to Shandley had the Tigers out to a 22-point lead.
Waterman was again rewarded for playing in front when he marked an Oliver Eastland kick to convert his fourth goal and Claremont’s seventh in a row, with the Tigers now all over the Royals and out to a 28-point lead.
Goals to Stack (second) and Powell-Pepper (fourth) trimmed Claremont’s lead to 16 points and briefly got East Perth back in the game, however, the Tigers held on for their fourth straight win and confirmed their status as the best team.
CLAREMONT 1.1 4.6 8.8 11.13 (79)
EAST PERTH 4.3 6.6 7.6 9.7 (61)
CLAREMONT: 4 J. WATERMAN, 2 C. OAKLEY, K. SHANDLEY, 1 J. EGAN, J. PATMORE, B. BENNETT.
EAST PERTH: 4 S. POWELL-PEPPER, 2 H. STACK, E. CHRISTOFIS, 1 M. YOUNG.
CLAREMONT: J. WATERMAN, B. BANFIELD, D. SMALLWOOD, J. GODDARD, C. OAKLEY, J. SIDERIS.
EAST PERTH: S. POWELL-PEPPER, M. DOBSON, H. BLANCH, E. CHRISTOFIS.
MEL WHINNEN MEDAL: J. WATERMAN (C).
By Dan Scamozzi
Claremont’s Colts and Reserves each face East Perth in grand finals at Patersons Stadium on Sunday, with the Colts looking to go back-to-back and the Reserves searching for their first premiership since 2012.
The Colts secured their place in Sunday’s decider with a 64-thumping of Perth in the second semifinal and are coming off a week’s rest, while the Reserves hammered East Fremantle by 55 points in the preliminary final.
Colts coach Ross McQueen was awarded the JJ Leonard medal at Monday night’s Sandover Medal.
Congratulations Ross, and well done to the rest of the coaching staff.
The Colts have had another remarkable season, which saw them finish with the No.1 ranked attack, defence and the highest percentage at the end of the home-and-away season, as the team booked its place in its fourth consecutive grand final.
Remarkably, they have conceded 10 goals in a game on just one occasion.
Reserves coach Kepler Bradley has done a remarkable job in his first season in the role, which culminated in the team finishing in second position with 15 wins and also included an 11-game winning streak.
Morgan Davies (wrist) will look to return after missing the win over East Fremantle, while Ian Rowe (hamstring) has been sidelined for two weeks.
With both grades looking to cap off terrific seasons, the club encourages all Claremont members and fans to get along and support the mighty Tigers, and wishes both teams the best of luck.
Kids aged 15 years and under will receive free entry.
Bounce down for Colts is 8.40am, followed by Reserves at 11.20am.
By Dan Scamozzi
Claremont Colts coach Ross McQueen won the JJ Leonard Medal for WAFL Coach of the Year at Monday night’s Sandover Medal.
McQueen has been involved with the club in a variety of roles, and will coach the Colts in their fourth consecutive grand final when they meet East Perth on Sunday.
The team will be looking to go back-to-back after demolishing Swan Districts last year.
McQueen took over as Colts coach from Ben Dyer ahead of the 2014 season, and has coached the team to three grand finals in three years.
McQueen previously coached Claremont’s Reserves for four years, including a hat-trick of flags between 2010-12.
Prior to that, McQueen was an assistant coach to Simon McPhee for the Tigers Colts in 2007 and 2008 and a League assistant to McPhee in 2009.
McQueen first became involved with the club in 2003 when he was a runner for McPhee’s Reserves side.
The club congratulates Ross on his achievement, applauds the rest of his coaching and support staff who have done a wonderful job in the Colts’ sustained success, and wishes the team the best of luck for Sunday.
By Dan Scamozzi
Claremont midfielder Jye Bolton continued his outstanding debut season in the WAFL by winning the 2016 Sandover Medal with 49 votes as the competitions fairest and best player at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday night.
“It’s a great honour to win such a prestigious award,” Bolton told the audience.
Bolton, 24, moved to Claremont ahead of the 2016 season, and averaged 29 disposals and kicked 10 goals in his 20 games, which saw him win the WAFL’s most prestigious individual award ahead of Peel Thunder’s Matt de Boer, who finished runner-up with 42 votes, and Perth’s Clint Jones (39).
Bolton polled votes in 12 games, picking up five votes as best afield on six occasions, four votes three times, three votes twice, and one vote once.
Despite trailing Jones by six votes after 15 rounds, Bolton stormed home to poll 29 of a possible 35 votes in Claremont’s final seven matches.
Bolton joins Kane Mitchell (2012), Luke Blackwell (2011), Anthony Jones (2007), Jaxon Crabb (2005), Michael Mitchell and Steve Malaxos (1984), John Parkinson (1967), Gordon Maffina (1949), George Moloney (1936), Sammy Clarke (1933-34) and Keith Hough (1932) as one of 12 Tigers to have won the award.
The Werribee product was also part of WA’s 134-point crushing of Tasmania in this year’s State game, and won the Simpson Medal as WA’s best player after amassing 46 disposals, 12 marks, seven clearances and two goals.
Bolton is the first player since East Fremantle’s Craig Treleven in 1995 to win both the Sandover and Simpson Medal in the same year.
Other Claremont players to poll votes were captain Jake Murphy (16), Darcy Cameron (15), Jared Hardisty (12)*, Jack Bradshaw (11)*, Tom Ledger (7), Mitch Andrews (6), Ryan Neates (6), Ian Richardson (5), Keifer Yu (5)*, Matt Davies (4), Ryan Lim (4), Beau Maister (4), Justin Speed (3), Jake Waterman (3) and Tom Shanahan (1).
Tigers Sink Sharks
By Dan Scamozzi
Claremont’s Reserves stormed into their first grand final since 2012 after smashing East Fremantle by 55 points in the preliminary final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.
The Tigers won every term and led at every change in their 15.13 (103) to 6.12 (48) win, as a seven-goal-to-nil second-quarter blitz paved the way for a second final against East Perth in the space of two weeks.
A staunch defence, combined with a dynamic on-ball brigade featuring Gerrick Weedon (22 disposals, six inside 50s, four goals), Zac Langdon (24 disposals, eight marks, seven inside 50s, one goal) and Tom Shanahan (22 disposals, six tackles, seven inside 50s, one goal), resulted in 22 more inside 50s, 10 more scoring shots and nine goal kickers, as Claremont rebounded from its loss to the Royals seven days earlier.
Ben Higgs spearheaded the Tigers’ forward line with six marks and four goals, and was well supported by Jack Richardson (six tackles, one goal), who took home the players’ player award for his selfless performance.
Matthew Ehlers gave Claremont’s midfield first use during their powerful second term with an inspired display in the ruck, while the Tigers also laid seven more tackles in their memorable victory.
East Fremantle was best served by Jesse Adamini (22 disposals, two goals) and Jake Schleicher (26 disposals, one goal), but saw its season ended by a ferocious Tigers outfit.
Claremont kicked to the southern end of the ground in the opening term, as a dashing run from half-back and pass by Matthew Palfrey enabled Higgs to kick the opening goal of the game and give the Tigers a fast start.
Despite dominating the next 10 minutes of play, Claremont could only add three behinds, as a high-flying mark to East Fremantle’s Andrew Stokes lit up the contest before Toby Plant felt the full wrath of the Shark as he attempted to repeat the dose three minutes later.
A second goal to Higgs resulted from a spearing pass by Justin Speed and gave Claremont a 16-point lead, before Weedon quickly added the Tigers’ third courtesy of a free-kick.
Majors to Jeff Carter and Jacob Green saw the Sharks respond, before an after-the-siren goal to M. Ehlers gave Claremont a 16-point lead at quarter-time.
Coach Kepler Bradley praised the Tigers’ “good start”, with the hard-working Langdon accumulating 10 disposals, including nine kicks, in the opening term.
Selling a dummy and a cool finish on the outside of the boot saw Weedon kick his second and Claremont’s fifth goal to start the second term, before consecutive 50m penalties a minute later saw the powerful Tiger register his third major and establish a 27-point lead.
Speed then intercepted a pass and finished with aplomb on the run to make it four goals in a row, before Higgs benefited from a kick forward by Palfrey to join Weedon with three goals.
With Claremont now completely on top through midfield and surging the ball forward at every opportunity, a desperate chase and tackle by Richardson enabled Weedon to kick his fourth major, before Harrison Court added his name to the goal kickers’ list after some great work by Eddie Simpson and a smart handball from Higgs.
A thumping kick by Williams was marked and goaled by Shanahan to give Claremont eight consecutive goals on the back of a scintillating second term, as the Tigers took a 53-point lead into half-time after 28 minutes of pure dominance.
When Ben Musitano found Higgs for his fourth goal, it gave the Tigers nine in a row and a 59-point advantage at the eight-minute mark of the third term, before Schleicher kicked East Fremantle’s first goal since the 27-minute mark of the first quarter.
Adrian Ricciardello then gave the Sharks consecutive majors, before Keifer Yu flew highest to pull in a sensational mark.
A late goal to Richardson saw Claremont turn for home with a 54-point buffer, as Bradley implored the team to keep switching the play and keep up the momentum.
A strong overhead mark saw Langdon give Claremont first blood in every term and extend the Tigers’ lead to 62 points early in the final quarter, before East Fremantle’s Josh Cuneo pulled in a massive mark.
Adamini then kicked the Sharks’ fifth goal, before a kick from Watson was marked and goaled by Musitano to give Claremont a quick reply.
Adamini added his second before teammate Lewis Krakouer found his way into the umpire’s book for an off-the-ball incident which topped off a dirty day for the Sharks, but on the flipside, resulted in a golden opportunity for the Tigers.
Claremont will look to win its first Reserves premiership since 2012 when it faces East Perth at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.
CLAREMONT 4.4 11.4 13.9 15.13 (103)
EAST FREMANTLE 2.0 2.5 4.9 6.12 (48)
CLAREMONT: 4 B. HIGGS, G. WEEDON, 1 Z. LANGDON, B. MUSITANO, H. COURT, M. EHLERS, J. SPEED, T. SHANAHAN, J. RICHARDSON.
EAST FREMANTLE: 2 J. ADAMINI, 1 A. RICCIARDELLO, J. SCHLEICHER, J. CARTER, J. GREEN.
CLAREMONT: G. WEEDON, Z. LANGDON, J. RICHARDSON, L. MARTINIS, B. HIGGS, M. EHLERS.
EAST FREMANTLE: J. ADAMINI, J. SCHLEICHER, J. CUNEO, M. BOYLE.
Preliminary Final Preview Claremont vs. East Fremantle
By Dan Scamozzi
Claremont’s Reserves will look to rebound from there disappointing defeat to East Perth when they face East Fremantle in the preliminary final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday.
The Tigers suffered a 41-point loss to the Royals in the second semifinal after being blown away in the second half, but can secure a rematch in the grand final with victory over the Sharks.
East Fremantle hammered arch rivals South Fremantle by 52 points in their semifinal, and have defeated the Tigers in two of their three clashes this season.
Claremont will be missing Morgan Davies (wrist) and Ian Rowe (hamstring) as they search for a four-quarter performance after suffering three losses in their past four games.
The club encourages all members and fans to attend the game and cheer on the mighty Tigers!
Bounce down is 11.45am.