League: Tigers Roar into Top Five

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 12:12 PM

A dominant first half helped Claremont record a 20-point win against East Fremantle in Geraldton in round 13, giving the Tigers consecutive wins for the first time this season and catapulting the team into fifth position on the ladder.

Nine goals to two set up a commanding 44-point lead at half-time, and despite the Sharks kicking eight goals to four in the second half, the Tigers prevailed 13.11 (89) to 10.9 (69) to record their fifth win of the season.

Lachlan Martinis (28 disposals, seven marks, one goal) continued his strong form to finish as Claremont’s best player and won the players’ player award, with Jack Beeck (22 disposals) also outstanding across half-back.

Captain Ian Richardson kicked four goals for the second time in seven days, while Jared Hardisty laid a team-high eight tackles and Keifer Yu kicked three goals.

Matt Palfrey was recalled as both teams were allowed an extra player on the interchange, however, the Tigers lost Haydn Busher (corked thigh) early in the opening term.

George Hampson recorded a game-high 33 disposals for the Sharks, while Jack Perham and Cameron Loersch kicked three goals apiece.

The Tigers will aim for three consecutive wins when they face South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in round 14.

CLAREMONT 4.4 9.6 12.8 13.11 (89)

EAST FREMANTLE 1.2 2.4 8.6 10.9 (69)


CLAREMONT: 4 I. Richardson, 3 K. Yu, 1 T. Lee, R. Lim, M. Davies, L. Martinis, M. Palfrey, A. Manuel.

EAST FREMANTLE: 3 J. Perham, C. Loersch, 1 N. Kommer, J. Snadden, C. Eardley, J. Griffin.


CLAREMONT: L. Martinis, J. Beeck, I. Richardson, J. Hardisty, K. Yu.

EAST FREMANTLE: N. Kommer, G. Hampson, J. Snadden, C. Eardley, D. Anthony.

By Daniel Scamozzi


Reserves: Tigers Pounce on Sharks

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 12:07 PM


Claremont’s Reserves bounced back to form and returned to the top of the ladder after defeating East Fremantle by 36 points at East Fremantle Oval in round 13.

A blistering six-goals-to-none opening term set up the 15.9 (99) to 9.9 (63) triumph – the Tigers’ eighth win of the season – and featured the entire team playing its role and impacting the contest.

Midfielder Tom Ledger was Claremont’s best player and helped set the tone with his brilliant start to the game, which included two first-quarter goals, and finished the contest with 36 disposals (20 contested), a team-high five tackles and game-high 11 inside 50s.

The tireless Jacob Sideris provided fine support and recorded a game-high 38 disposals and also kicked two first-quarter goals, while Nic Bucknall kicked a team-high three goals and won the players’ player award.

Wingmen Josh Bennett (acting captain) and Tom Shanahan gave the Tigers great service with their run and link-up, while ruckman Jeremy Goddard (53 hit-outs) gave the midfield first use.

East Fremantle’s Nicholas Bonomelli kicked a game-high five goals, however, the last-placed Sharks were blown out of the water by the Tigers’ early onslaught and suffered their ninth defeat of the season.

Shanahan, Jordon Reid, Tre Kelton and Corey Hitchcock all came into the team as the Tigers kicked to the southern end of the ground in the opening term with the breeze at their backs, with Bailey Bennett making the most of a spearing pass from Ledger to kick the game’s opening goal.

Ledger then went from goal provider to scorer when he wobbled through the Tigers’ second, before Bucknall finished with aplomb from a tight angle.

Sideris then dribbled through the Tigers’ fourth goal after some fine work from Goddard in the ruck, before Ledger made the Sharks pay from a 50m penalty with his second.

A fine mark from Reid and repeat efforts from Jack Blaauw then allowed the speedy Sideris to slam through his second and the Tigers’ sixth goal as the dominant start resulted in a 35-point lead at quarter-time, with coach Steven Armstrong lauding the team’s efforts and pressing.

A sharp turn and exquisite finish from deep in the pocket from James Egan extended the lead to 41 early in the second term, before consecutive goals to Bonomelli got the Sharks on the board.

A second to Bucknall gave the Tigers a 31-point lead at half-time, before a great chase and tackle from Kelton allowed Nicholas Allan to kick truly and extend the lead early in the second half.

Four of the next five goals saw the Sharks close to within 24 points at the final change, before a second to Bailey Bennett early in the final term gave the Tigers the opening goal of every term.

Mackenzie Bristow replied for the Sharks, before Brett Wilson and a third goal to Bucknall gave the Tigers an unassailable 37-point lead.

Second goals to Egan and Allan then capped off the strong win.

The Tigers will aim for consecutive wins when they face South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in round 14.

Meanwhile Claremont’s Colts suffered a 55-point defeat against East Fremantle, 15.11 (101) to 7.4 (46).

CLAREMONT 6.2 8.2 10.8 15.9 (99)

EAST FREMANTLE 0.3 2.7 6.8 9.9 (63)


CLAREMONT: 3 N. Bucknall, 2 T. Ledger, B. Bennett, J. Sideris, N. Allan, J. Egan, 1 B. Wilson, J. Blaauw.

EAST FREMANTLE: 5 N. Bonomelli, 1 M. Bristow, C. Holmes, M. Anderson, J. Stone.


CLAREMONT: T. Ledger, J. Sideris, N. Bucknall, J. Bennett, T. Shanahan.

EAST FREMANTLE: J. Stone, C. Holmes, A. Sereda, B. Harding, N. Bonomelli.

By Daniel Scamozzi

2018 Player Quiz - Jack Richardson

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Q1 Name: Jack Richardson

Q2 Nickname: Richo

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Essendon

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Cottesloe / Swanbourne JFC premiership

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Tom Lee

Q6 Favourite food: Seafood Marinara

Q7 Favourite movie: Green Street Hooligans

Q8 Favourite TV show: The Sopranos

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Justin Bieber

Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Round of drinks

Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: The USA

Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Outgoing

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

  1. Connor Mcgregor
  2. Chris Judd

Q14 Your most treasured possession: My watch my grandma gave me

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Swim at the beach

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? My league debut during the Foxtel Cup at subi oval

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Jye Bolton

Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Beau Maister

Q19 Before a game I always: Catch up with my old man

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? A team player

Round 13 Preview East Fremantle vs. Claremont

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:26 PM

By Dan Scamozzi.

Claremont face East Fremantle at Country Builders Stadium in Geraldton on Saturday as part of the WA Football Commission’s Festival of Football initiative taking place in the region.

The festival features football clinics, player visits from East Fremantle FC, educational sessions and forums hosted by the WA Football Commission in close partnership with key local stakeholders, the WA Country Football League and the two clubs.

The festival is supported by the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme which is run through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

The Tigers recorded their biggest win of the season against East Perth in round 12, and will be aiming to record consecutive wins for the first time this season.

The Tigers have defeated the Sharks, who are coming off a bye, in their past four clashes, including a thrilling win back in round three.

A win for the Tigers could move them into the top five.


League: Country Builders Stadium, Saturday, June 30, 4.45pm.

Reserves: East Fremantle Oval, Saturday, June 30, 12.30pm.

Colts: East Fremantle Oval, Saturday, June 30, 10.00am.


Played: 281.

East Fremantle: 157.

Claremont: 122.

Draws: 2.

2018 Player Quiz - Oliver Eastland

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 10:14 AM

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

Q1 Name: Oliver Eastland

Q2 Nickname: Easty

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Fremantle

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Playing 2's footy at scotch

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Matthew Pavlich

Q6 Favourite food: Spaghetti Bolognese

Q7 Favourite movie: Blind Side

Q8 Favourite TV show: One Tree Hill

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Bailey Banfield

Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Holiday house in Lancelin

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

Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Nice

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

  1. LeBron James
  2. Mitch Marsh
  3. Mick Fanning

Q14 Your most treasured possession: My subaru

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Relax or go to the beach

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? 2016 colts premiership

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Josh Bennett

Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Fraser Gilbert

Q19 Before a game I always: Eat a banana

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Team player

League: Rogers Leads Tigers Past Royals

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 2:08 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

A best-on-ground performance from robust defender Bailey Rogers was one of the highlights of Claremont’s outstanding 32-point win against East Perth at Leederville Oval in round 12.

In sublime conditions and Haydn Busher’s 100th game, Rogers recorded a career-high and equal game-high 35 disposals, a career and game-high 16 marks and deservedly won the players’ player award as the dominant Tigers recorded their fourth win of the season.

The 14.11 (95) to 9.9 (63) triumph resulted from an even team performance, a determined mindset, terrific intensity, relentless pressure and excellent ball retention and electrifying ball movement as the Tigers moved to within percentage of the fifth-placed Royals.

123 more disposals, 16 more tackles, seven more inside-50s, seven more scoring shots and nine goal kickers reflected the Tigers’ superiority, however, desire was arguably the biggest difference between the teams.

Along with Rogers, midfielder Jye Bolton recorded 35 disposals but also had a game-high nine inside-50s as he dominated the clearances with his appetite for the contest and repeat efforts, while forward Tom Lee (eight marks, three goals) monstered East Perth’s defence with his work rate and contested marking.

Defender Declan Hardisty (five marks, six tackles) provided fine support for Rogers, while captain Ian Richardson, who appeared set for a big game before it had commenced, kicked a game-high four goals.

And ruckman Eddie Simpson (seven marks, 29 hit-outs, one goal), who replaced Oliver Eastland (knee) in the team, excelled against West Coast’s Nathan Vardy with his will to compete and efforts around the ground.

Meanwhile, midfielder Brayden Ainsworth (22 disposals, three goals) fought a lone hand for the Royals as they suffered their fifth consecutive loss.

Morgan Davies and Isaac Wallace were rewarded for their excellent form in the Reserves as they replaced Tom Ledger and Shaquille Morton in the team which lost to West Perth in round 11, as the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term.

Ainsworth gave the Royals first blood when he kicked the opening goal of the game, before Lee hauled in the first of his contested marks and kicked truly along with Richardson as the Tigers hit back and took an eight-point lead.

Will Maginness then kicked the Royals’ second, before Ryan Lim set sail from distance to give the Tigers a nine-point lead at quarter-time.

With the Tigers on top in most areas of the contest, coach Darren Harris lauded the team before goals to Jared Hardisty and Lee, the latter coming from another contested mark, gave them an excellent start to the second term and extended the lead to 21 points.

Lee then went from goal scorer to provider as he set Richardson up for his second before a rampaging Keifer Yu launched from distance to slam home the Tigers’ seventh major.

The Tigers’ brilliant foot skills and ball retention were denying East Perth the chance to set up their zone defence, however, late goals to Jack Petruccelle and Ainsworth pulled the hosts to within 21 points at half-time.

Further goals to Luke Partington and Matt Allen gave the Royals four in a row and cut the lead to just nine points early in the third term, before another contested mark from Lee saw the powerful Tiger kick his third goal.

Simpson was next to benefit from Lee’s superb marking and kicking as the big man kicked the Tigers’ ninth goal, before Jared Hardisty set Richardson up for his third goal.

Bolton was then reported for rough conduct after a strong tackle, before Richardson soon added his fourth and Tom Curren made the Royals pay from a 50m penalty.

Five consecutive goals in 16 scintillating minutes of play saw the Tigers take a commanding 37-point lead at the final change, with Harris imploring the team to stay the course.

Fittingly, man-of-the-moment Busher would kick the opening goal of the final term to extend the advantage, before hard running and a fine finish from the feisty Jordan Law made it seven consecutive majors and gave the Tigers a 49-point lead.

Three late goals from the Royals provided little more than consolation for the hosts, as the Tigers recorded their biggest win of the season and chaired Busher from the ground.

The Tigers will aim for consecutive wins when they face East Fremantle in Geraldton in round 13.

CLAREMONT 3.4 7.6 12.7 14.11 (95)

EAST PERTH 2.1 4.3 6.6 9.9 (63)


CLAREMONT: 4 I. Richardson, 3 T. Lee, 1 K. Yu, R. Lim, T. Curren, J. Hardisty, H. Busher, J. Law, E. Simpson.

EAST PERTH: 3 B. Ainsworth, 1 P. McGinnity, W. Maginness, L. Partington, M. Allen, J. Petruccelle, C. England.


CLAREMONT: B. Rogers, J. Bolton, T. Lee, D. Hardisty.

EAST PERTH: B. Ainsworth, L. Partington, S. Wright, W. Maginness.


Reserves: Tigers Suffer Royal Hiding

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 2:04 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

A listless performance from Claremont’s Reserves resulted in a 63-poing hiding from East Perth at Leederville Oval in round 12, with the Tigers belted in most parts of the contest in sublime conditions.

The 17.19 (121) to 9.4 (58) defeat continued the Tigers’ inconsistent form and saw them drop to second position on the ladder, trailing Subiaco on percentage.

The Tigers were badly exposed in mindset, effort and desire as the inaccurate Royals recorded their sixth win of the season.

Defender Jesse Laurie won the players’ player award for his resolute performance, while Tom Ledger (six tackles) responded to his League omission with a solid performance after quarter-time.

Jack Lewsey battled manfully while Bailey Bennett and James Egan each kicked two goals.

Despite being comprehensively outplayed in the first half, the Tigers started the second half brightly as second goals to Bennett and Egan pulled them to within 10 points of the Royals.

Fierce tackles from Ben Rushforth and Lewsey both resulted in free kicks and were the highlights of the brief period where the Tigers got themselves back into the contest.

However, the Royals responded and ran out big winners.

The Tigers face East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval in round 13.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered a 16-point loss against East Perth, 8.8 (56) to 5.10 (40).

CLAREMONT 1.1 4.2 7.3 9.4 (58)

EAST PERTH 3.6 6.12 12.15 17.19 (121)


CLAREMONT: 2 B. Bennett, J. Egan, 1 T. Ledger, C. Quenby, B. Rushforth, S. Morton, N. Allan.

EAST PERTH: 4 N. Eaton, 3 A. Redhead, R. Burrows, 2 S. Hille, 1 N. Waite, M. Dobson, D. Bolton, J. Rudrum, K. Willcocks.


CLAREMONT: J Laurie, T. Ledger, J Lewsey, B. Bennett.

EAST PERTH: M. Dobson, K. La Fontaine-Roberts, N. Eaton, T. Olango.

Round 12 Preview East Perth vs. Claremont

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:16 AM

By Dan Scamozzi

Claremont face East Perth in a must-win clash at Leederville Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Just one win separates the eighth-placed Tigers and fifth-placed Royals, highlighting the significance of what is sure to be a fierce contest.

The versatile and reliable Haydn Busher will play his 100th game as the Tigers aim for their fourth win of the season.

The club encourages the Tiger Army to attend the game.

Entry is FREE for children 15 and under.


Leederville Oval, Saturday, June 23, 1.40pm.

Reserves: 10.55am.

Colts: 4.25pm.


Channel 7 will be televising the game LIVE from 1.30pm, or you can tune in to HFM (107.3FM) or Footy Radio (WAFL App).


Played: 275.

East Perth: 153.

Claremont: 120.

Draws: 2.

Busher Hits A Hundred

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 3:09 PM

By Ken Casellas

A Jack of all trades --- and a master of them all. That’s the gifted and versatile Haydn Busher, who will chalk up his 100th match in league ranks in WAFL football when he lines up for Claremont against East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

It’s been a rocky road to the century for the 26-year-old Busher, who provides a shining example for triumph over adversity with his highly professional attitude and diligent preparation.

A wonderful role model at Claremont, Busher is an elite runner with strong endurance. His aggression, robust play and skill has earned him the respect of his peers and makes him a highly influential player for the Tigers.

Busher has overcome many setbacks in his football journey, which began with junior teams with Victoria Park before he graduated as a 13-year-old to Perth in a development squad before he moved seamlessly into colts football.

He excelled at centre-half-back for Western Australia in the 2009 national under-18 carnival and then was ravaged by injury and managed just 39 matches in five seasons in league ranks with Perth before seeking a fresh start with Claremont in 2015.

In recent years he has successfully managed his injury problems and has notched 60 senior matches in four seasons with the Tigers. His dreams of an AFL career are a fading memory, and his ambitions now centre around being part of a Claremont premiership side and notching 100 games for the Tigers.

In his early days in football Busher played as a key forward and also at centre-half-back.

“I’ve been used recently on a wing, and that was the final spot to be ticked off,” Busher said. “I’ve played as a key forward, as a defender, a ruckman and an inside midfielder.”

He said that he learnt to be tough when playing junior football for Victoria Park against Gosnells, Kenwick and Maddington in a rough and tough competition.

“After that I played four seasons of colts, starting when I was 15 under the late, great Wayne Orsi, who along with Percy Johnson, was very influential in my development,” he said.

Busher enjoyed being a member of the WA under-18 side which triumphed after scoring runaway victories in all five matches. “We were dominant and our closest game was when we beat Vic Country, which included Dustin Martin, by about eight goals,” he said.

“I think we had from our best 22, 18 players drafted and I was one of the four who wasn’t drafted. I didn’t expect to be drafted that year because after the carnival I suffered from bad shin soreness.”

The record shows that among those drafted from the WA side were Claremont’s Nat Fyfe, Ryan Neates, Travis Colyer, Nick Winmar and Gerrick Weedon, along with Mitch Duncan, Jack Darling, David Swallow, Brad Sheppard, Kane Lucas, Jamie Cripps, Mark Hutchings, Anthony Morabito, Blayne Wilson, Brandon Matera and Joel Houghton.

“I played four seasons of colts football before making my league debut half-way through the 2010 season,” Busher said. Then, he had a breakout year in 2011 when he played in 19 of Perth’s 20 matches and kicked 29 goals.

But in 2012 he was unable to play a single match. “I had issues with my hips which required surgery on each hip,” Busher explained. “I had further issues with my hips in 2013 when I managed only five games and a bad hamstring injury restricted me to seven matches the following season.

“The hips are still an issue for me now. It’s an anatomical thing … my body wasn’t designed to play football, so I require plenty of maintenance from the team (physios, medical and training staff) who are amazing being able to get me up and fit to play every week.

“I also have to be very diligent with my preparation and rehabilitation. The way my body is structured, if I get any knocks or injury it throws my whole system out. I don’t want to be in and out and playing average footy and being sore.”

Busher made his debut for Claremont as a key forward in the 2015 round-one match against Subiaco. “I couldn’t get a kick in a stampede and it was a strange feeling,” he said. “I’d been at Perth since I was 13 and I had had difficulty in getting a transfer.

“I didn’t get to Claremont until late January and I hadn’t built a whole lot of chemistry with the players, something which is so important. I played the first two league games and was just horrible before being demoted to the twos.

“After a couple of good weeks I got back into the league side, playing as an inside-mid. I spent the rest of 2015 as a midfielder and it was a great experience. I learnt so much from Andrew Browne, a highly knowledgeable person to learn the craft from.

“I have loved being at Claremont where there has always been a good feeling, win, lose or draw. We’ve had a couple of bad runs, and those losses have served to motivate us more, to try, train and work harder. We haven’t enjoyed the team success, but I’m confident that we are pretty close.

“So far it has been a disappointing season. But we’ve got some momentum up and if it hadn’t been for poor kicking on goal we would have won our past four games. We kicked ourselves out of it against Peel and West Perth and, definitely, we haven’t given up hope of qualifying for the finals.”

Busher also is enjoying the responsibility this year of being a member of the leadership group. “I enjoyed being out of it for a while because after my first year at Perth I was straight into the leadership group, which was probably a bit early for me,” he said. “ It was difficult being part of a group that was having to discipline players when I was only 19,” he said.

“I’m now enjoying mentoring some of our younger guys and working closely with Richo (captain Ian Richardson) and our other leaders. Missing so much footy has put into perspective how lucky I am to be able to play. I don’t have a preference where I play, though I love playing forward and kicking goals.

“This season I have played key back, as well as being used in a defensive lock-down role and, at times, as a rebounding half-back. I’ve also played on a wing and occasionally in the ruck.”

Off the field, Busher has the rewarding occupation as a medical social worker at the new Perth Children’s Hospital where he is involved in a variety of roles, including looking after complex long-term patients with profound disabilities.

“We are involved in bereavements, palliative care and we do acute-end stuff, dealing with situations in emergency and helping families to cope with injuries and illness. We also work within the areas of social issues that are really prominent in society that involve and impact kids --- helping families who are dealing with domestic violence, mental health and drug issues.

“You’re involved in a broad cross-section of society and I think if maybe I was stuck in a Claremont bubble I’d definitely wouldn’t be exposed to some of things I am through my work.

“It helps to keep life in perspective and how lucky we are to be healthy.”                         

2018 Player Quiz - Dylan Smallwood

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 3:42 PM

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

Q1 Name: Dylan Smallwood

Q2 Nickname: Smally

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast Eagles

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Under 17s premiership

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Shaquille O’Neill

Q6 Favourite food: Pork ribs

Q7 Favourite movie: Transformers

Q8 Favourite TV show: Family Guy

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Kendrick Lamar

Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: A house

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

Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Easy going

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

  1. Patty Dangerfield
  2. Kevin Hart
  3. Will Smith

Q14 Your most treasured possession: Premiership and sporting medallions

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? video games, go to the beach, shopping

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? 2016 Colts premiership

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Brett Wilson

Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Tom Lee

Q19 Before a game I always: Listen to music

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Tough and courageous defender