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Reserves: Tigers Overrun by Bulldogs

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Claremont’s Reserves had their three-game winning streak ended by South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in round eight, with the Tigers suffering an eight-point loss in blustery conditions.

In the second clash between the teams in four rounds, South prevailed 8.13 (61) to 7.11 (53), with the hosts comprehensively beating the Tigers in contested possession.

The result sees the Tigers slip to second position on the ladder, trailing East Perth on percentage.

In a clash where goals were rare but forward territory was crucial, the composed Lewis Davis, who took a team-high six marks, excelled in defence and won the players’ player award, while ruckman Jeremy Goddard (57 hit-outs) played an outstanding second half to finish with an equal-team high 18 disposals.

Forwards Kaiden Gilbert (six tackles) and Cooper Nitschke each kicked two goals, while Shaquille Morton gave the Tigers great rebound from a half-back flank.

Morgan Davies responded to his League omission by laying a game-high 11 tackles, while Aden Wilkins and Jack Blaauw played their first games of the season and Matt Palfrey (six tackles) returned from a calf injury.

James Egan also came into the team, with Nick Winmar, Lachlan Martinis and Eddie Simpson earning League recalls and Jacob Sideris (ill) and Tom Shanahan (ankle) also among the outs.

South’s Trent Reed recorded an equal game-high 23 disposals and laid a team-high 10 tackles as the hosts recorded their fourth win of the season.

The Tigers kicked to the southern end of the ground in the opening term in overcast conditions as two goals to South either side of a major to Nitschke gave the hosts an early eight-point lead, before Nick Yarran capped off some fine work from Bailey Bennett to kick the visitors’ second.

South’s Zane Sumich then made the Tigers pay for a poor kick-in and gave the hosts an 11-point lead at quarter-time, with Claremont coach Steven Armstrong instructing the team to move the ball along the wing instead of the boundary.

A second goal to South’s Andre Coutinho extended the hosts’ lead to 17 points early in the second term, before a clever left-foot snap from Gilbert saw the Tigers respond.

Goals to Ben Rushforth and Gilbert gave the Tigers three consecutive majors and a five-point lead at half-time, however, a wasteful 3.6 was a disappointing return after a dominant second term.

South kicked the first goal of the second half to take a one-point lead, before Corey Mitchell (10 tackles) capped off some fine ball movement to reclaim the lead for the Tigers and Nitschke grabbed his second after a brilliant finish from the pocket.

Despite the Tigers reaping the rewards from their repeat efforts and forward pressure, two goals, including one after the three-quarter-time siren, saw South cut the lead to just one point at the last change.

Armstrong lauded the forwards’ pressure, before Yarran put his body on the line in the final term.

Despite the courageous act and the Tigers’ best endeavours, a second and the only goal of the term from former Tiger Steven Edwards saw South prevail.

The Tigers will aim to return to the winners’ list when they host Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval in round nine.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered a 25-point defeat against South Fremantle, 8.6 (54) to 3.11 (29).

CLAREMONT 2.1 5.7 7.10 7.11 (53)

SOUTH FREMANTLE 3.6 4.8 7.9 8.13 (61)


CLAREMONT: 2 K. Gilbert, C. Nitschke, 1 N. Yarran, B. Rushforth, C. Mitchell.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 2 S. Edwards, A. Coutinho, Z. De San Miguel, 1 Z. Sumich, C. Yarran.


CLAREMONT: L. Davis, J. Goddard, K. Gilbert, S. Morton.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: Z. Strom, T. Reed, B. Della Franca, Z. De San Miguel, Z. Sumich.

By Dan Scamozzi

CFC July Masterclass

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Perth Clinic

Venue: Claremont Oval
Date: Friday 6th July
Time: 9am - 3pm
Ages: School Years 6 - 8
Cost: $100
Lunch Provided

- CFC Academy Shirt
- CFC Academy Bag
- CFC Academy Bottle
Testing: 20 Metre Sprint, Agility & Vertical Jump
Skill Rotations: Kicking, Marking, Tackling/Ball Security, 
Handballing/Clean Hands
AFL 9’s Game
Click here to register. 
Player Photos by: The Sports Photo

Round 8 Preview South Fremantle vs. Claremont

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Claremont face South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday afternoon, with the Tigers aiming to record a much-needed win and end their four-game losing streak.

The Tigers suffered two injuries in their one-point loss to Perth in round seven, with Fraser Gilbert rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and Beau Maister suffering concussion.

This means the Tigers will make at least two changes to the team, with Claremont’s top-of-the-table Reserves in outstanding form and several players in line for selection.

The club encourages the Tiger army to attend the game.

Entry is FREE for children 15 and under.


Fremantle Community Bank Oval, Saturday, May 26, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.


Tune in to ABC Radio (720), KIX Digital or Footy Radio (WAFL App) for LIVE coverage. 


Played: 271.

South Fremantle: 146.

Claremont: 123.

Draws: 2.

By Dan Scamozzi.

2018 Player Quiz - Jesse Laurie

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 12:43 PM











Get to know our Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

Q1 Name: Jesse Laurie

Q2 Nickname: JLo, Lorrix

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Fremantle

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Under 16's flag with Denmark/Walpole Giants.

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Roger Federer

Q6 Favourite food: Dad's crumbed fish

Q7 Favourite movie: Ex Machina

Q8 Favourite TV show: Community

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Richard Curtis

Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Another lotto ticket

Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Italy

Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: A consolation prize.

Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:

                           1. Richard Curtis

                           2. Dan Ariely

                           3. Judd Apatow

Q14 Your most treasured possession: My bookcase and its contents.

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Write and watch films.

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Draw between 2011 and 2012 premierships.

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Haydn Busher

Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Anton Hamp - Pun King

Q19 Before a game I always: Tie up my shoelaces.

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? As a good one.

League: Tigers Suffer Heartbreaking Loss

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Football can be a cruel game.

It can also be decided by fine margins and split-second moments.

Claremont suffered the cruellest of defeats after Perth’s Clint Jones snapped a behind fractionally before the final siren to give the Demons a thrilling one-point win, 15.9 (99) to 14.14 (98) at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

The brave Tigers, who held 28 and 22-point leads in the second and fourth terms respectively, lost returning defender Fraser Gilbert to a knee injury in the opening minute of the game and forward Beau Maister to concussion in the final term, leaving them with two rotations as the Demons relentlessly pushed for victory.

It proved too much for the Tigers, who now have a 1-5 record after their fourth consecutive loss.

Despite recording their highest score since round 22, 2017, after some of their best attacking play of the season on the back of slick ball movement and improved foot skills, the Tigers couldn’t hold off the fast-finishing Demons, who kicked three goals to one in the final term to record their second win of the season.

The Tigers were also left to rue inaccuracy, while the efficient Demons, who kicked 12.2 up until three-quarter-time, too often got out the back to kick easy goals against the run of play.

After starring for Western Australia against South Australia at Adelaide Oval seven days earlier, midfielders Kane Mitchell (40 disposals, one goal) and Jye Bolton (34 disposals, two goals) were the most prolific ball-winners on the ground, with Bolton recording a game-high 11 inside 50s.

Bailey Rogers (20 disposals, six marks) starred in defence and provided one of the highlights of the game when he ran down and prevented the zippy Cody Ninyette from kicking a goal at the 17-minute mark of the final term, while Haydn Busher (23 disposals), who mostly played on a wing, was another strong contributor.

Forward Tom Lee (seven marks) starred with his exquisite kicking for goal (4.0) and won the players’ player award, while Maister (six marks) backed up his four-goal haul against Peel Thunder.

The returning Oliver Eastland (46 hit-outs) dominated the ruck, while Isaac Wallace (five tackles) and Declan McNamara (13 disposals, four tackles) made promising debuts, with Keifer Yu also among the inclusions.

Blake Johnson kicked a team-high four goals for the Demons, while Brant Colledge kicked three and Jones recorded a team-high 31 disposals.

On a splendid day for football, the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term as they wore black armbands in memory of dual premiership player and former captain Tony Beers, and former assistant coach Wayne Orsi.

However, a goal to Jones gave the Demons a quick start after a collision in front of the interchange ended Gilbert’s game before it had barely began.

A fierce tackle from Yu, who started the game forward, earned the Tiger a free-kick and saw him kick truly, before a thumping goal from Lee gave the hosts a six-point lead.

A desperate spoil from Anton Hamp at full-back briefly denied the Demons, before Colledge kicked their second.

Lee responded with his second after a long kick from the busy Bolton, before Colledge added his second via a free-kick in an entertaining start to the game.

A team-lifting chase and tackle from second-gamer James Egan was followed by a thumping goal from Bolton, before the prolific midfielder set up Maister as the Tigers took a 17-point lead into quarter-time.

Coach Darren Harris lauded the team’s pressing and contribution across the board, with the Tigers laying seven tackles inside 50, +31 in disposals, with Bolton (11) leading the way, and +16 in contested possession.

A great snap from Mitchell and second to Maister, with the latter set up by a mark and pass from first-gamer McNamara, extended the lead to a game-high 28 points early in the second term, before the Demons slammed on three goals during a poor eight minutes of play from the Tigers.

A spearing left-foot pass from Ledger set up Maister for his third and saw the Tigers respond, before two goals either side of a second to Bolton, saw the Demons close to within 13 points.

A major to Cody Leggett after the half-time siren saw the Demon cut the Tigers’ lead to just seven points at the main break, despite the hosts being well on top in inside 50s and recording seven more scoring shots.

A second goal to Kristian Cary saw the Demons trailing by just two points early in the third term, before Lee responded with his third major after a pinpoint pass from Tigers captain Ian Richardson.

Lee then went from goal scorer to provider when he set up fellow forward Maister for his fourth, before the Demons responded with two quick majors.

However, goals to Lee and Richardson saw the Tigers finish the term strongly and take a 15-point lead at the final change, with Harris imploring the team to get the ball forward and maintain territory, while also emphasising the importance of kicking the first goal in the final term.

Rogers put his body on the line to take a crucial mark as both teams began the term fiercely, before the flashpoint of the game occurred inside the Tigers’ 50.

Maister took a mark 25m from goal and would’ve lined up for his fifth major had he not been felled by a late Kasey Nicholas, with the Demon reported for striking and Maister forced from the field with concussion.

Inexplicably, the umpire failed to pay a 50m penalty, however, Egan kicked truly to give the Tigers a 22-point lead.

Now down two players, the Tigers were unable to prevent the Demons from kicking the final three goals, before a late pair of behinds saw the visitors prevail.

The Tigers will aim to end their losing streak when they face South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in round eight.

CLAREMONT 5.5 9.8 13.11 14.14 (98)

PERTH 3.0 9.1 12.2 15.9 (99)


CLAREMONT: 4 T. Lee, B. Maister, 2 J. Bolton, 1 K. Mitchell, K. Yu, I. Richardson, J. Egan.

PERTH: 4 B. Johnson, 3 B. Colledge, 2 C. Ninyette, K. Cary, 1 C. Byrne, C. Jones, C. Leggett, L. Dennis.


CLAREMONT: K. Mitchell, J. Bolton, B Rogers, H Busher.

PERTH: C. Leggett, C. Jones, J. Levien, C. Yeo, Z. Hill.

By Dan Scamozzi.

Reserves: Five-Star Gilbert Leads the Way

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 10:28 AM

A best-on-ground performance from key-forward Kaiden Gilbert saw Claremont’s Reserves defeat Perth by 14 points at Claremont Oval.

The 14.9 (93) to 12.7 (79) triumph gave the Tigers three consecutive wins and sees the team remain on top of the ladder after seven rounds.

Gilbert’s work rate, pressure (six tackles) and exquisite kicking (5.0) was the difference between the teams in a hard-fought clash in which the Tigers trailed by 14 points at half-time, before a 10-goal-to-five second half sealed their fifth win of the season.

Gilbert’s outstanding performance also earned him the players’ player award.

Lachlan Martinis (17 disposals, eight tackles) was another strong contributor, while Eddie Simpson’s work rate and game-high nine marks were crucial to the result.

Bailey Bennett (two goals) responded to his League omission in the best possible way with a game-high 13 tackles, with the speedy Tiger setting the tone with his repeat efforts, while lively small forwards Cooper Nitschke and Corey Mitchell each kicked two goals.

Jeremy Goddard (54 hit-outs) dominated the ruck, while acting captain Jacob Sideris recorded a team-high 21 disposals.

Michael Bennell kicked a team-high three goals for Perth, however, the Demons were unable to match the Tigers’ work rate and running power after half-time.

The Tigers kicked to the southern end of the ground in the opening term, however, the Demons burst out of the blocks with the opening three goals and took a 16-point lead halfway through the term.

Nitschke responded for the Tigers after taking three bounces and running into an open goal, before a great sidestep and finish from Brett Wilson gave the hosts consecutive majors.

Bennell gave the Demons a nine-point lead at quarter-time after kicking his second goal, with Tigers coach Steven Armstrong encouraged by the team’s recovery from a slow start and ability to work their way back into the contest.

Joe Ugle kicked the Demons’ fifth goal and extended their lead to 15 points early in the second term, before a great tackle from Addison Dew earned the Tiger a free-kick.

Simpson’s strong marking already was on display, before a perfectly-waited pass from Sideris saw Gilbert kick truly from a tight angle.

Bennell responded for the Demons with his third goal before James Corner made the Tigers pay for a poor kick-in, before Nitschke kicked his second to trim the deficit to 14 points at half-time.

13 seconds was all it took for Bennett to slam home the Tigers’ fifth goal after a great hit-out from Goddard as the hosts started the second half with a bang, before Gilbert added his second after great kicks from Wilson and Simpson.

Corner responded with his second for the Demons, before Gilbert added his third after a well-weighted pass from Nick Yarran.

After Gilbert cleverly gathered a half-volley in midfield and kicked the ball inside 50, Mitchell snapped truly to give the Tigers the lead for the first time, before Anton Scotney quickly snatched it back for the Demons.

However, Mitchell quickly snatched it back for the Tigers after electric ball movement through the corridor as the hosts took a two-point lead at the final change, with Armstrong crediting the team’s work rate and run and also paying tribute to the defenders for beating their opponents, but challenged the team to raise it to another level.

Another great hit-out from Goddard allowed Nick Winmar to deliver a spearing pass to Simpson, who kicked truly to extend the Tigers’ lead to eight points, before Scotney responded with his second for the Demons.

A thumping kick from Gilbert sailed straight through the middle and gave the Tiger four majors, before Isaac Buckley responded for the Demons as both teams traded goals in an entertaining contest.

An ability to keep the ball moving through forward pressure saw Bennett kick his second and re-establish the Tigers’ eight-point buffer, before Marshall Jones added his second for the Demons.

However, late goals to Ben Rushforth and Gilbert, with the latter resulting from great pressure and a free-kick, capped off a hard-fought win for the Tigers and maintained the team’s excellent start to the season.

The Tigers will aim to maintain it and record their fourth consecutive win when they face South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in round eight.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts recorded a thrilling two-point win against top-of-the-ladder Perth, 9.8 (62) to 8.12 (60).

CLAREMONT 2.4 4.8 9.8 14.9 (93)

PERTH 4.1 7.4 9.6 12.7 (79)


CLAREMONT: 5 K. Gilbert, 2 B. Bennett, C. Mitchell, C. Nitschke, 1 E. Simpson, B. Rushforth, B. Wilson.

PERTH: 3 M. Bennell, 2 A. Scotney, M. Jones, J. Corner, 1 J. Ugle, I. Buckley, L. Marlin.


CLAREMONT: K. Gilbert, L. Martinis, E. Simpson, B. Bennett, C. Nitschke.

PERTH: M. Bennell, S. Perkusich, M. Lague, J. Henderson, L. Marlin.

By Dan Scamozzi.

2018 Qatar Raffle

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

2018 Claremont Football Club Qatar Raffle

First prize -  WIN 2 x Business Class Tickets to any QATAR destination worldwide on Qatar Airways A380.

Second prize -  $1000 Cash Prize.

Third prize - 1 x Night Stay at Hope Farm Guesthouse. Valued at $250

TICKETS ARE $100 EACH and can be purchased here. 

Tickets can be purchased at the Club.

Draw date Friday 10th August 2018.


Terms and Conditions

The two (2) return tickets must be issued by 31st December 2018. Tickets will be voided if not redeemed by due date.

·         Travel must be completed by 31 March 2019.
·         Travel must be between 15 September - 30 November 2018; 25 January – 31 March 2019.  Travel during school holiday is not permitted. The Prize cannot be redeemed during any other period. Different destinations have different travel restrictions. Seat confirmation is subject to availability at the time of booking and not all dates will be available. The flights are restricted to (U) class availability only. Please check with Qatar Airways on ticket restrictions before planning your trip. 
·         Prizewinner booking can only be made within 5 months of travel date. Please contact QR office PER for your queries regarding flights availability and confirmation.
·         Prizewinner tickets are non transferable and non redeemable for cash or any kind.
·         Date changes are not permitted once tickets have been issued.
·         All applicable taxes and fuel surcharges to be paid by the prizewinner.
·         Prizewinner tickets must travel together at all times.
·         Prizewinner tickets are not entitled to accommodation arrangement for transit and stopover at Doha.
·         No Frequent Flyer Program Miles will be awarded for these tickets nor will they have access to Premium airport lounges.
Prizewinners are fully responsible for their own VISA arrangement and validity of travel documents.
·         This original prize letter must be presented upon prize redemption.
·         Redemption of prize tickets must be made directly with Qatar Airways by email for any queries related to this booking.

Round 7 Preview Claremont vs. Perth

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Claremont host Perth in a must-win clash at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon, with the Tigers aiming to end a three-game losing streak and record their second win of the season.

Both teams enter the clash with 1-4 records and sit two wins outside the top five, with the Tigers having not played at the venue since defeating East Fremantle in round three.

Keifer Yu and Oliver Eastland will aim to prove their fitness after missing the loss to Peel Thunder through concussion, along with Fraser Gilbert, who has been sidelined since round four with an oblique tear.

The Tigers will wear black armbands in memory of dual premiership player and former captain Tony Beers, and former assistant coach Wayne Orsi, who both passed away recently.

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

There will be a 'Kids Colouring-in Station' and a competition will be running with some exciting prizes to win.

Entry is FREE for children 15 and under.


Claremont Oval, Saturday, May 19, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.


Tune in to KIX Digital for LIVE coverage, or you can download the WAFL App and listen via Footy Radio on your phone.


Played: 259.

Claremont: 140.

Perth: 118.

Draws: 1.

By Dan Scamozzi

Bolton Predicts A Brighter Future

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 2:32 PM

By Ken Casellas

Dynamic midfielder Jye Bolton is quietly confident that he and his champion teammate Kane Mitchell will bring the winning feeling out of Western Australia’s superb victory over South Australia in Adelaide last Saturday to the Claremont side which is languishing in eighth position on the WAFL league ladder.

Bolton was awarded the Simpson Medal as WA’s outstanding performer in the 26-point triumph and Mitchell produced a typical powerful four-quarter effort.

“Kane and I waxed a little bit out there --- and you can always hear his voice,” Bolton said. “He was an integral part of the victory.

“We took the opportunity to view the ways that other good players around the league prepare for a match and how they bring their leadership and how they get their teammates involved. Hopefully, we can take some pieces out of that and bring the winning feeling back to Claremont.”

Bolton and Mitchell have recovered well from the tough encounter with South Australia and are looking forward keenly to help the Tigers beat Perth at Claremont Oval on Saturday. Claremont have won only one match (by four points against East Fremantle) from their first five matches this season.

“I’ll be trying my best in a bid to overcome Perth,” Bolton said. “Our start this season is not the brightest in terms of a win-loss record. But I think we have come a long way from where we were last year, even though we won our first three games last year before losing the next six matches.

“This year we have been close in most matches and we’ve come a long way in areas we have focused on. As soon as we can bring it all together and concentrate for a full game we should start seeing results going the other way.

“Making the finals is the goal we’re all working towards. We’re process driven, not outcome driven and so we know the steps we’ve got to take and work on.”

Bolton was a driving force in WA’s win in Adelaide when he took six marks, had 15 kicks and made 19 handpasses. He also kicked a goal, laid three tackles and sent the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking zone four times. Mitchell weighed in with three marks, 15 kicks, ten handpasses, three tackles and three inside 50s.

Bolton now has represented WA in three interstate matches for wins over Tasmania in 2016 and Victoria last year. He also won the Simpson Medal for his brilliant display in the victory over Tasmania.

“It’s awesome playing State footy with a lot of people you respect,” he said. “All you want to do is to try to contribute as well as you can and to show that we’re the best league outside the AFL.

“In terms of history, I relished the victory over Victoria last year, beating them for the first time in Melbourne. However, in terms of the quality of the opposition, this win over South Australia was better than the wins over Tasmania and Victoria.”

Hardisty’s Circuitous Trip To Claremont

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:42 AM

By Ken Casellas

Growing up, Dec Hardisty had dreams of becoming a soccer star or an ice hockey champion.

Less than 12 years ago the 20-year-old Hardisty had never heard of Australian football.

Born in England of Canadian parents and spending seven years of his childhood in Cyprus, Hardisty has travelled a circuitous route to earn his stripes as a league footballer with the Claremont Tigers.

Now Hardisty is fully committed to making his mark in football. He became Claremont’s fourth league debutant this season when he played in a back pocket and excelled in beating experienced South Fremantle forward Blaine Johnson in the round-five match in Albany before he gave another outstanding performance in defence against Peel at Rushton Park last Saturday week.

“I’m really enjoying football,” he said. “It’s really fast and a lot more interesting than games like rugby; it’s multi-directional; it’s fantastic. My aim now is to play as many league games as I can and see where it takes me.

”I’m just doing my role for the team --- shutting down my opponent. That’s one of my biggest strengths, locking down my opponent and keeping him off the score sheet.”

Hardisty is also enjoying his time as a full-time student at the University of WA where he is a first-year architecture student after switching from an engineering course the previous year.

His father Paul was born in Toronto and his mother Heidi was from Winnipeg. “Dad had an environmental consulting agency and they moved to England more than 20 years ago,” Hardisty said.

Hardisty was born in Shepton Mallet, a small town south of Bristol, in January 1998 and ten months later the family moved to Cyprus and lived there for seven years. Dec and his elder brother Zac played soccer there and also went to ice hockey camps with the intention of playing ice hockey seriously when the family returned to Canada.

“The original plan was leave Cyprus and move back to Canada with Dad’s work,” said Dec. “But at the last minute, Dad sold his business to an engineering firm in Perth and we came to live in Western Australia --- and we’ve been here for almost 12 years.”

The family settled in Swanbourne where neighbours introduced the Hardistys to the great Australian game of football. Dec fell in love with the game and for several years played in under-age sides, mainly as a midfielder, for the Swanny Tigers and other junior clubs in Cottesloe and Claremont.

Dec also made his mark as a footballer and cricketer at Scotch College, even though he gave soccer another try in Year ten. He was a member of Scotch’s Darlot Cup winning side in Year 11 and was the side’s opening batsman and co-captain in his final year at school.

He played for the Scotch first 18 in the Alcock Cup competition as a defender in his final two years --- even though he excelled as a goalscoring striker in the soccer team in Year ten. A torn meniscus in his left knee required surgery and kept him out of action for much of the 2015 season before he joined the Claremont colts side the following year.

It was a great start to his career at Claremont. He finished sixth in the club’s fairest-and-best award and was a member of the side which came from behind to win the colts premiership, beating East Perth by 18 points.

Hardisty was chosen in the WAFL colts Team of the Year, but a meniscus tear in his right knee which required surgery halted his progress the following season. “I missed the first ten or 11 rounds and had to come back through the West Coast amateurs before resuming with the Claremont reserves,” he said.

The young man with three passports --- British, Canadian and Australian --- started this season in fine form with the reserves and gained an opportunity to break into the league side for the match against South Fremantle when in-form defender Fraser Gilbert was laid low with a hip injury.

He became the second Hardisty in the side, joining dynamic 22-year-old midfielder Jared Hardisty. “He’s pretty tough and gets in an under,” said Dec Hardisty. “He’s a really good guy, a real beauty.”