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A New Role For Williams

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:39 PM

John Williams, used almost exclusively as a defender in his first season with Claremont in 2013, looks set for an important new role this year.

New coach Michael Broadbridge has used Williams in attack in the club’s interclub scratch matches against South Fremantle and Swan Districts, and the experiment has been highly successful.

Williams played at full-forward, on a half-forward flank and in a pocket against Swans at Bassendean Oval on Saturday and he excelled in a revamped forward line which will be without prolific goalscorers Chad Jones, Paul Medhurst and Ian Richardson.

Williams was opposed to Kirk Ugle, Graham Jetta and Alex Howard and did well to take eight marks and have ten kicks, three of which were goals. Of particular importance were his defensive skills as he illustrated clearly that forwards are not on the ground with the sole purpose of kicking goals.

The Tigers warmed up for their first-round match against Perth at Lathlain Park this coming Saturday with a solid businesslike performance against Swans, winning by 50 points, 16.11 to 8.9. It was an encouraging effort after suffering an eight-goal defeat at the hands of South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval the previous Saturday.

The Tigers had 12 individual goalscorers against Swans, showing that there is a plan to share the load instead of relying on major individual tallies from the big guns who are absent this year. Tall forward Jackson Starcevich did not score a goal, but he shows good promise. He was particularly impressive the development squad match against South Fremantle.

Key forward Anton Hamp did not score a goal against the Swans, but he moved well and made position cleverly. He delivered the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking zone five times and is set to play a leading role in attack this year.

Claremont were without Andrew Foster and Aaron Holt last Saturday, but both should be fit to take the field against the Demons. However, lively small forward Jack Bradshaw damaged an ankle against Swans and is most unlikely to be fit to play this week.

Brenden Abbott stepped up from the development squad side against Souths with the minimum of fuss and he showed that he has the potential to develop into a powerful defender. He also revealed a touch of class with a splendid left-foot short pass to Darcy Cameron early in the third quarter when Cameron’s pass was marked by Williams for his second major.

 It was also most heartening to see Brandon Franz, after a year away from the club, return to the full-back position. Trinity Handley, Keifer Yu (whose spearing pass found Williams for his third goal), Tom Taylor, Tom Willett, Steven Edwards and Alec Waterman also were solid in defence.

The strongly-built 17-year-old Waterman was more impressive when used on the ball in the second half and he finished the match with five clearances from stoppages and five tackles, a tally exceeded only by Matt Davies (six). Davies, normally a high half-forward throughout last year, enjoyed his time on the ball against South Fremantle. Bernard Sneeuwjagt also gave a sample of his ability in the midfield.

Midfielder Tom Ledger, back after three years at St Kilda, is a wonderful acquisition this year and he looks set for an outstanding season. As usual, captain Jake Murphy and vice-captain Luke Blackwell excelled in the midfield, with Murphy hurting Swans on the scoreboard with three goals in the third term.

Speedy wingers Ryan Neates and Sam Fong completed a powerful midfield unit, which included the indefatigable Matt Orzel, back at Tigerland after a two-year spell with Peel Thunder.

Details:

Claremont 6.1, 7.1, 15.4, 16.11 (107) beat Swan Districts 1.1, 6.4, 7.5, 8.9 (57).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: J. Murphy, J. Williams 3.0; J. Bradshaw 1.3; M. Davies 1.1; L. Blackwell, D. Cameron, T. Handley, R. Neates, J. Richardson, M. Seaby, L. Smith, T. Taylor 1.0; S. Fong, M. Orzel 0.2; A. Hamp, K. Yu 0.1; 1pt forced. SWAN DISTRICTS: R. Carey 2.1; M. Jukes, M. Rogers 1.1; A. Anderson, N. Blakely, J. Burnham, M. Riggio 1.0; B. Duckworth, B. Smith 0.2; B. Boekhorst, A. Elari 0.1.

Best---CLAREMONT: J. Murphy, L. Blackwell, M. Seaby, J. Williams, R. Neates, T. Ledger, T. Taylor.

by Ken Casellas

2014 CFC Player Sweepstakes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 5:30 PM

HOW IT WORKS:

The Club will auction off 12 groups of senior players [total of 64 players]

25% of the total money received will be allocated to the Claremont Football Club i.e. if the total pool is $30,000 then $7,500 will go to the Claremont Football Club.

75% of the total pool will become the final kitty.  i.e. the final kitty total being $22,500 divided by 20 = $1,125per game.

So if we have a kitty of $1,125 each week to distribute, the top 3 best players for CFC in the West Australian Newspaper on the Monday after the game will be given the following break up of money:

  • Best Player (70% of Kitty)                 $787.50
  • 2nd Best player (20% of kitty)            $225.00
  • 3rd Best player (10% of kitty)             $112.50

GROUP

PLAYERS

GROUP

PLAYERS

1

Ryan Neates

Matt Davies

Bernard Sneeuwjagt

Ben Higgs

Jordan McAllister

7

Tom Ledger

Ben Daniher

Jared Hardisty

Brendan Lim

Luke Cameron

 

2

Luke Blackwell

Corey Yeo

Jordan Aitken

Brenden Abbott

Shane MCAdam

 

8

Trinity Handley

John Williams

Alec Waterman

Sam Lamont

Matt Aitchinson

3

Jake Murphy

Jack Richardson

Hugo Breakey

Jack McPhee

Timm House

9

Anton Hamp

Tom Taylor

Jaxon Starcevich

Ethan Panizza

Nick Steens

Aaron Hayes

 

4

Matt Orzel

Keifer Yu

Mitchell McGovern

Ben Taylor

Jack Beeck

10

Mark Seaby

Liam Smith

Steven Edwards

Henry Roberts

Josh Tilley

Kaiden Gilbert

 

5

Andrew Foster

Tom Willett

Coleman Cristinelli

Luke Salomone

Luca Beradini

11

Aaron Holt

Sam Fong

Jayden Brooks

Lachlan Davey

Max Bentley

Joel Ebert

 

6

Brendon Franz

Matt Goyder

Harrison Court

Tom Bowering

Hayden Yarran

12

Jack Bradshaw

Darcy Cameron

Keegan Knott

Luke Falconer

Jordan Law

Dean Blackwell

 

 

Patersons Stadium Open Day- FREE for WAFL Members!

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Don’t miss your chance to have a kick on the hallowed turf of Patersons Stadium, meet AFL players and watch Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University on the new Big Screen. Patersons Stadium is opening their gates for the FIRST TIME EVER for a Family Open Day and Movie on the Turf on Saturday 15 March from 4:30pm! Entry $2 (non WAFL Members)

Click the link for details http://patersonsstadium.com.au/news/2933/patersons-stadium-open-day

Foster To Play On In 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4:26 PM

Dual premiership player Andrew Foster has reversed his decision to retire, and will pull on the boots for Claremont this season.

After announcing his retirement at the end of last season, the 116 game midfielder has seen work commitments fall his way.

“I’ve been able to free up a bit of time on the weekend’s to play. Previously, probably for the last four years, I’ve worked before games,” Foster said.

“It gets difficult when you’re working before a game, you get a bit stale after a while.

“It was just due to work commitments and now I’ve got a bit more time on my hands to play at this level.”

Foster has been training on his own over the summer, and has already reaped the benefits.

“Being able to train on my own, I just feel a lot more mentally and physically fresher,” Foster said.

“I’ve been doing my own running to keep fit.

“I feel good and I’m looking forward to the year.”

After a high turnover of players during the off season, Foster is looking at the positives.

“What it does is give younger guys an opportunity that probably wasn’t there the last couple of years,” Foster said.

“It allows them to step up and play at League level.”

With the new alignment seeing Eagles-listed players playing with East Perth in the WAFL and Fremantle players playing with Peel receiving a mixed response, Foster is supportive of the move.

“I don’t have an issue with it. I think it’s good for (WAFL) players to play against AFL players,” Foster said.

Foster played nine games with the Fremantle Dockers from 2007-09.

 

by Dan Scamozzi

Murphy to Lead Tigers in 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4:05 PM

Midfielder Jake Murphy will lead Claremont in 2014 after being announced as the club's new captain.

Murphy, replaces the retired Andrew Browne and is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“It’s a bit of a dream come true,” Murphy said.

“I’ve always aspired to be a leader or captain for the footy club. I’ve got big shoes to fill, but it’s something I’m excited about.”

Murphy says developing his leadership is something he’s been working on over his 82 game career.

 “I think over the last few years I’ve really tried to work on the vocal side of my leadership and just help instruct the boys whether that be in a game or at training,” Murphy said.

“Naturally I’m probably more of an action leader.

“I’ve just been trying to work on all areas to do the best job I can.”

The 24-year-old thinks age is no barrier.

“Time will tell but I’ve always thought that I’ve been a bit of a natural leader and it does come easy,” Murphy said.

“I’ve always embraced it and tried to do it as much as possible, so hopefully age isn’t going to make a difference.”

Coming off his best season in 2013 where he won Claremont's EB Cook Medal (fairest-and-best) and finished third in the Sandover Medal, Murphy is confident he can combine the captaincy with improving his own game.

“You’ve always got to look to improve,” Murphy said.

“I’ve had a really strong pre-season where I did most of the running throughout December and January, and that’s put me in really good stead.

“I’m always looking to improve as an individual and as part of the team.”

Murphy says he plans on keeping in contact with the retired Browne for advice about the role.

“I’ve spoken to him briefly,” Murphy said.

“He’s definitely someone who I’ll keep in touch with to pick his brain and source a few ideas.”

An added bonus for Murphy is the fact he has experienced players in Luke Blackwell and Trinity Handley as his vice captains.

“It’s amazing. Both of them are great leaders in their own right and two people who I respect and they’re going to help me a great deal throughout the year,” Murphy said.

Claremont’s leadership group will also include Aaron Holt, Anton Hamp, Ryan Neates and John Williams.

“A couple of those boys have had AFL experience (Hamp and Neates at West Coast, Williams at Essendon),” Murphy said.

 “They’re still young in their own rights and learning the game but they’re all Claremont boys through and through.

“They’ve got the club at heart and they’ll embrace their new roles.”

With the redevelopment of Claremont Oval, a new era is about to begin at Tigerland.

“It’s exciting. The redevelopment here is going to be amazing. Everyone wants to hang around and see the evolution of it all,” Murphy said.

 

by Dan Scamozzi

2014 CFC Preseason Schedule

Friday, February 28, 2014 - 5:44 PM

The Claremont Football Club Preseason Schedule has been finalised. Please see details below for a preview of match times for all grades over the preseason. Our Round 1 fixture will take place on Saturday 22nd March against Perth at Brownes Stadium.

 

 

 

Friday 28th Feb

Claremont FC Intra Club Practice Match at Claremont Oval

5.00pm Bouncedown

 

Saturday 8th March

Claremont vs. South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval

16s – 11.45am

Colts – 2.00pm

Reserves – 4.30pm

League – 6.30pm

 

Saturday 15th March

Claremont vs. Swan Districts at Steele Blue Oval

Reserves – 10.00am

League – 12.00pm

 

Sunday 16th March

Claremont vs. Swan Districts at Steele Blue Oval

16s – 9.00am

Colts - 11.00am

Preseason Camp - with Trinity Handley

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 1:58 PM

The recently completed CFC pre-season camp marked the transition point for players and coaches between our pre-season training phase and the point at which much of its physical and strategic gains are put into practice.

The senior group started on the Saturday morning at 7am with a three and half hour SAS style training session at Swanbourne beach, led by 5 serious looking SAS “commando” trainers. Anyone that has watched the TV show “The Biggest Loser” will have some idea of how it works. For those that aren’t familiar with this type of training it involves plenty of pushups, sit-ups, burpees, army crawling and the use of props such as tyres, ropes and boxing gloves. Yep, all our favourites.

The message from the SAS guys was pretty simple… “You’re all in it together, listen carefully, follow instructions and work hard”. Not that different to playing footy really. Anytime we fell short of those standards, group punishment followed. It’s fair to say we became pretty familiar with the good kind of pain that comes with tough, hard training and while I can’t say that it was enjoyable in the moment, the boys gained a lot out of the session, including a strong sense of camaraderie. For the coaches it was a valuable opportunity to see the group dynamics operate under stress.

Perhaps the most important part of the camp was the establishment of the clubs core values for season 2014 and a clear definition of our trademark “One Team”. It was wonderful to have our colt’s squad and most of the clubs staff and directors involved too, further validating our one team ethos. These types of sessions are always interesting. On the one hand, there is the need to develop agreement and mutual understanding so that everyone is pulling in the same direction. On the other hand, individuals will always have different ideas as to what exactly a term like “Professionalism” means and for example whether honesty is more important than passion. So there is plenty of lively discussion. By the end of Saturday the club had decided on Respect, Discipline, Mateship and Selflessness as its core values. From here, we hold ourselves and each other accountable towards these values, making sure that we act towards them. Importantly this extends well beyond the footy field.

The rest of the camp included a recovery session, football strategy and all important presentations such as the new rules for season 2014, drugs in sport, and nutrition. At this point, the bubble burst for some, realising that vegetables ARE important and that a large mocha chino is a poor way to start the day.

The camp concluded late on the Sunday afternoon at our new temporary home ground at Claremont’s showgrounds. Here players and coaches from all grades were accompanied by partners and family for a casual BBQ. “One team” in action. The announcement was also made that our clubs captain will be Jake Murphy, assisted by Luke Blackwell and myself as vice-captains (stoked and honoured by the way!). The leadership group is completed with the addition of Aaron Holt, Anton Hamp, Ryan Neates and John Williams. Big congratulations to Jake and all the other boys.

From here we look forward to the fun stuff… games!

 

Trinity

Ledger's Return Adds Depth to Tigers Midfield

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:39 PM

After three seasons and eight games with St Kilda, Tom Ledger has returned to Claremont.

The former Saint says he is now focusing on playing solid football in the WAFL.

“I was pretty disappointed not to play more AFL footy,” Ledger said.

"I think everyone that gets drafted wants to play 200 games but it didn’t happen, or it hasn’t happened yet so I’ll put my best foot forward and the aim is to get back in (the AFL).”

A mixture of injuries and competing for spots with champion players had made it difficult to experience more game time.

“I tore my hamstring off the bone in my first year, which was pretty difficult to overcome and then St Kilda always had a strong midfield with Lenny Hayes and Nick Dal Santo and co,” Ledger said.

After not being drafted by another AFL club, the decision to re-join his former team was never in doubt.

“I got drafted from Claremont so I was never going to go anywhere else,” Ledger said.

"I got a couple of calls from other clubs but I was never really that interested."

"All my mates are here and I grew up with a lot of the boys so it’s a very natural place to come back to.”

After getting a taste of football at the highest level, Ledger is in no doubt as to where he needs to improve his game.

“You’ve got to be able to run and give repeat efforts all day,” Ledger said.

“If you can do that, then you’re half way there."

"I think I’ve got the football side…it’s just getting the athletics right.”

Ledger sees himself playing multiple roles for the Tigers in 2014.

“I’d expect to start midfield, hopefully,” Ledger said.

"But I think with a couple of the forwards going, I will spend a bit of time up there as well to try and get some goals for us.”

As to whether the team can challenge in 2014?

“Absolutely. I think we’ve got just as good a midfield and defence,” Ledger said.

"We’ve just lost a few forward options but if we can find a couple, I think our team on paper is as good as anyone’s.”

 

by Dan Scamozzi

Orzel Returns to Tigerland

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 4:16 PM

Matt Orzel has returned to Claremont, after two seasons with Peel Thunder.

After originally playing 99 games with the Tigers, Orzel left the club at the end of 2011, in search of more playing time.

“Being with Peel and having the opportunity to play midfield a bit more…it was a great opportunity to better my footy,” Orzel said.

I felt I was playing good footy when I left the Tigers, we just had such a dominant team that I couldn’t really squeeze in.

It was a good change.”

Orzel’s decision was made easier by the alignment between Fremantle and Peel Thunder taking effect in 2014.

“That was a big factor, actually,” Orzel said.

"It (the alignment) came in and I didn’t really want to have too much to do with it at this time in my life, being the age I am and maybe only having a couple of years to go."

"I’d rather play with the blokes who I train with each week.”

Orzel finished runner up in the Peel Thunder best and fairest in 2012, and found himself setting the tone for some of the younger players.

“I’ve always prided myself on tackles. I always tried to set an example down there (Peel Thunder) for the younger fellas. I knew they were down on their tackles and so I always prided myself on the tackling, sheparding and the one per centers,” Orzel said.

Orzel is upbeat about the Tigers’ chances this season.

“We’ve got Darcy Cameron the young ruckman and big Seab’s (Mark Seaby) is still around. We’ve still got a good midfield, so I’m definitely confident,” Orzel said.

 

by Dan Scamozzi

Former AFL Star Joins Tigers Coaching Staff

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:47 PM

Brisbane premiership player and former Fremantle Docker Des Headland has joined Claremont as a midfield coach for 2014.

Headland didn’t have to think twice once contact was made by the Tigers.

“Dean Horsington (Football Operations Manager) called me to see if I wanted to get involved and just get myself back in to footy,” Headland said.

"I always wanted to be on the coaching side of things and mentor some kids who are coming through.”

Headland had been working with the Clontarf Foundation in Broome.

“It’s good up there, mentoring a lot of the Aboriginal boys who are getting through High School and on to employment and then in to University or TAFE,” Headland said.

"It was an awesome two years.”

Headland received offers from other clubs, but one factor played a big part in his decision to join the Tigers.

“There were a few clubs there who I sought of spoke to but I think the biggest draw was with Broady’s (Michael Broadbridge) background,” Headland said.

“He’s been in the AFL system for years and coached me in the Under 18’s.”

“I know what sort of coach he is and it will be good to learn off him.”

With a host of players retiring during the off season, Headland expects a mix of Claremont players to be used through the midfield in 2014.

“We’ve still got a good core of senior players in the group with Mark Seaby as the ruckman and obviously players like Luke Blackwell and Ryan Neates,” Headland said.

“We’ve also got some young boys coming through from the Colts who won the premiership last year so there’s going to be a bit of a mixture.”

Headland says the return of Tom Ledger will also add to the playing group.

“He’s just come off an AFL list (St Kilda) so to bring that experience, he shows on the track how to train, how to work hard, he gives his opinion to the young boys and they sit there and listen. That’s what we need around the footy club.”

 

by Dan Scamozzi