Tigers’ Run Comes To An End / Round 8 Reserves Match Report

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 5:17 PM

Claremont’s (Reserves) three game winning streak is over after the Tigers lost to East Perth by 32 points, 15.13 (103) to 11.5 (71) at Medibank Stadium.

The Royals slammed on 10 goals to four in the second half, handing the Tigers their second loss for the season.

Not for the first time, coach Nigel Wilson had to contend with several changes to the team who defeated the Bulldogs in round seven.

Mitch Andrews returned after playing consecutive League games, while Kiefer Yu returned from concussion.

Luke Cameron also returned, having made his League debut in the round six win over Peel.

Matt Davies was rewarded with a League berth after his splendid form in the big win over the Bulldogs, as was Bernard Sneeuwjagt.

Brenden Abbott and Ben Taylor both returned to the side, with Sam Lamont and Luke Salomone making way.

Joel Ebert was another player to not line up from last round.

The Royals were first to strike when Steven Wityk kicked the first of his three majors, after the Tigers failed to spoil the ball over the goal line from a set shot.

A goal to Cameron got the Tigers on the board, before repeat tackles from Shane McAdam helped the team exert some pressure in the forward line.

Abbott would then set up Jayden Brooks for his first major, and with it the Tigers had a six point lead midway through the opening term.

The home side then responded with two goals through Dylan Main and Mitchell Howlett, before Jordan Aitken hit back for the Tigers.

A goal to William Magginness moments before the quarter time siren saw the home side take a six point lead into the first break.

Wilson implored his players to lift their work rate and aggression at the contest for the second term, however, the Royals would make the early running again, this time through a goal to Matt Gordon.

That was as good as it got for the Royals in the first half, with the Tigers exerting their control on the contest.

A running goal to Michael Trevenen after some wonderful transition from defence saw the deficit reduced, before quick-fire goals to Ben Higgs, Yu, and Keegan Knott handed the side an 11 point lead at the major break.

An ankle injury to Cameron would see him play no further part in the game, depriving the Tigers on the interchange bench.

Despite being a man down, the Tigers made the perfect start to the second half when Brooks kicked his second goal after being set up by Ben Daniher.

The instant reply came through Kane Moulton as the Royals closed to within twelve points, before Yu’s second goal was set up by Higgs.

A second goal to Gordon was to spark a spectacular run for the home side, as they kicked five consecutive goals heading into the last change.

Despite Wilson encouraging his players to lift their pressure and win the contest, the Royals proved too strong in the last term, kicking four goals to two on their way to victory.

The Tigers were well served by Daniher and Henry Roberts who both won their fair share of the football, while Timm House took out the players’ player award for his tremendous efforts in defence.

Wilson identified the opening quarter as an avenue for improvement.

“We were reasonable in the first quarter, but not quite how we wanted to play,” Wilson said.

“To our boy’s credit in the second quarter they came out and stuck to some processes and we did alright to get our noses back in front at half time.

“After half time, full credit to East Perth, they played a lot more aggressive football.

“Subiaco and East Perth are the two teams that have put that pressure on us, and today we lost a couple of players before half time, which is not an excuse, because it’s character building when those things happen, but we just didn’t quite respond to the pressure they put on us.”

Further compounding the loss were injuries to Cameron and McAdam.

“He (Cameron) went up for a mark in the second quarter, came down and actually rolled his ankle,” Wilson said.

“Unfortunately that may well be no good for him next week and then we’ve got the bye the following week so hopefully he’ll be alright in three weeks’ time.

“He (McAdam) got a knock to the head and he was feeling pretty uncomfortable so we were better off leaving him out of the game after half time.”

Despite the loss, Wilson paid tribute to his defenders.

“The defenders were under the pump, but full credit to them,” Wilson said.

“I think Timm (House) is coming along really well. His spoiling and defensive pressure’s fantastic.

“The ball was down there a lot more in the second half and to their (defenders) credit they stood up the best they could under enormous pressure, including Lachlan Davey and Aaron Hayes.

“That was a shining light from the game and for Timm to win the players’ player award was just a credit to the way he played.”

The Tigers head to Steel Blue Oval in round nine where they’ll look to get back on the winners list against Swan Districts.

by Dan Scamozzi

CLAREMONT 3.2 7.3 9.4 11.5 (71)

EAST PERTH 4.2 5.4 11.11 15.13 (103)







Tigers Drop To Fourth | Round 8 Colts Match Report

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 5:59 PM

Claremont again squandered chances and paid a heavy price for some undisciplined play when they lost a see-sawing contest by four points to East Perth at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

The defeat, hard on the heels of the one-point loss to South Fremantle the previous Saturday , has caused the Tigers to drop from second to fourth  on the premiership table.

And now over the next several weeks the side will be weakened by the absence of eight players who are members of the West Australian under-18 squad. And a few others will be unavailable for a similar period of time, due to PSA commitments.

Further to that there is the disquieting news that Bailey Rogers, one of the most consistent, talented, team-oriented and hard-working members of the side, will be out of action for at least eight weeks.

In the dying seconds of the match against South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval last Saturday week Rogers suffered severe damage to a finger. The tendon was torn off the finger and he is now recovering from an operation to re-attach the tendon.

However, the loss of so many players over the next couple of months will provide opportunities for many budding young footballers. On the credit side, big ruckmen Will McSweeney and Ed Simpson are on the road to recovery and will bolster the side.

McSweeney has recovered from a knee problem and looks set to return to action in the match against Swan Districts at Bassendean Oval next Saturday morning. Simpson, who has yet to line up for the Tigers this year because of nagging groin problems, hopes to resume in the match against Subiaco at the Showgrounds on Monday June 2 after a few hit-outs in amateur ranks.

The Tigers are now fourth on the premiership table, on 16 points and ahead of East Perth by virtue of a superior percentage. Swans are on top, unbeaten after seven matches. They have 28 points and lead from South Fremantle (24 points) and Subiaco (20).

Last-gasp defeats at the hands of Subiaco and South Fremantle have been hugely costly. If the Tigers had won both those matches (after holding comfortable leads in the final quarter) they would be sitting in second place with 24 points, ahead of the Bulldogs (20) and Subiaco (16). And if the Tigers had held on to beat East Perth they would be on 28 points, behind Swans only on percentage.

Claremont lost to East Perth last Saturday even though they took more marks (89 to 63), had more kicks (190 to 165), more handpasses (94 to 71), hit-outs (32 to 28), free-kicks (17 to nine) and inside 50s (45 to 36).

Now the side faces a massive challenge, up against the undefeated Swan Districts this coming Saturday. Swans were mighty impressive in their 86-point drubbing of East Fremantle last Saturday.

Claremont got away to a flying start against East Perth last Saturday and scored the first three goals of the contest --- from Nick Reid (resuming after recovering from a shoulder injury), Russell Wynne and Lawrence Evans.

But the Royals, aided by a 50m penalty, hit back and booted the next three goals. Claremont led by a point at quarter time and East Perth by five points at half-time.

The Tigers started the final term with a one-point advantage and they scored the first two goals of the final term before East Perth rallied and booted the final three goals to clinch a narrow victory.   

Ryan Lim, on a wing and on the ball, was a solid four-quarter contributor, Harry McCracken and Jack Beeck provided good run out of defence, midfielder Jack Prendiville maintained his splendid form and crumbing forwards Wynne, Evans and Scott Trickey had their moments in attack and provided the side with seven of its ten goals.

by Ken Casellas



East Perth 11.9 (75) beat Claremont 10.11 (71)

Scorers---EAST PERTH: T. Keitel 3.1; J. Gare 2.0; Z. dent, T. Ipsen 1.1; B. Armstrong, K. Buckley, T. Gorter, R. Oxtoby 1.0; S. Hille 0.2; 4pts forced. CLAREMONT L. Evans 3.0; S. Trickey, R. Wynne 2.0; S. Bevan 1.1; M. Guelfi, N. Reid 1.0; I. Baum 0.2; H. Court, J. Hardisty, R. Lim, M. Palfrey, J. Prendiville, H. Wilkinson 0.1; 2pts forced.

Best---EAST PERTH: Z. dent, T. Keitel, K. Buckley, M. Zambotto, T. Kalimeris, C. Giblett. CLAREMONT: R. Lim, HJ. McCracken, J. Hardisty, J. Beeck, J. Prendiville, H. Taylor, M. Palfrey.

McAllister Delivers The Goods | Round 8 League Match Report

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 11:42 AM

In sublime weather conditions at Leederville Oval on Saturday Claremont went 46 minutes at one stage during which the side managed a solitary behind (from a free-kick) and limped to a devastating 80-point beating at the hands of a powerful East Perth combination which included 13 members of the West Coast Eagles squad.

This barren period from the 23min. 50sec. mark of the first quarter to eight minutes into the third term was one of lowlights of 119 minutes and 14 seconds of misery on an afternoon best forgotten.

The good news is that the Tigers travel to Bassendean Oval next Saturday to meet Swan Districts. The club’s most recent adventure to Bassendean Oval was two months ago when the Tigers walloped Swans by 50 points in a pre-season scratch match.

A meagre 13 entries into Claremont’s 50m attacking zone in the first half of Saturday’s match produced just 2.5, while East Perth scored 12.5 from 28 entries. There was little system in attack and the beleaguered forwards were certainly not helped by much poor disposal.

Thankfully, the Royals went to sleep in the final quarter when they added only 1.4 to Claremont’s 2.1. Otherwise, the final scoreline of 19.10 to a measly 6.8 would have been even more unpalatable. However, it was a terrible defeat at a venue where the Tigers went into Saturday’s contest with a 12-5 win-loss record against East Perth.

There is no disguising the fact that Saturday’s demolition was dismal, disappointing and bordering on deplorable. There was little to enthuse over, but in reality Claremont had no hope against a side stacked with 13 AFL-listed footballers, including Patrick McGinnity, Josh Hill and Jeremy McGovern, whose talents were developed through Claremont’s junior ranks and the club’s colts side.

There is also no escaping the fact that the Tigers are in a rebuilding phase after losing so many wonderful and experienced players, including captain Andrew Browne, David Crawford, star forwards Chad Jones, Paul Medhurst and Ian Richardson, powerful defenders Jesse Laurie and James Thomson as well as Byron Schammer, Blake Anderson, Nick Winmar and Nic Chidgzey.

It is a fact of life that no sporting team can remain on top for lengthy periods of time. History shows that there is a curve in the fortunes of all great clubs, whether it is the WAFL, AFL, soccer, cricket or both codes of rugby. A certain amount of rebuilding is required.

Among a couple of positive signs to emerge from Saturday’s defeat was the wholehearted performance from Jordan McAllister, who stood out in a defence which was constantly under siege.

The 23-year-old McAllister, in his fifth league appearance, played with vim and vigour and with great determination in a back pocket and at centre-half-back against a variety of opponents.

 His dedication to the cause was illustrated about the 20-minute mark of the first quarter after Tom Willett had dispossessed East Perth’s Simon Tunbridge with a splendid tackle. Willett passed to Ryan Neates, who delivered to Luke Blackwell, who drove the ball forward where McAllister kept his eye firmly on the ball as he ran fearlessly under the flight to take a mark. His shot at goal registered a behind.

And a highlight of the third quarter was when McAllister chased hard to catch dangerous East Perth forward Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls and then apply a strong tackle to prevent him taking a shot at goal. He was rewarded with a free-kick.  

Claremont welcomed back from injury captain Jake Murphy and co-vice-captain Trinity Handley and each gave the side some much-needed oomph. It was also heartening to watch Matt Goyder play with cool determination in a back pocket and on a half-back flank.

Murphy attacked the ball with his renowned fearlessness and Handley was stationed at centre-half-back in the first half before being moved to centre-half-forward in the second half where he added considerable bite to the attack. Anton Hamp was switched from attack to defence, where he performed with greater aplomb.

Blackwell maintained his excellent form with another stout-hearted four-quarter effort in the midfield. He finished with 13 kicks and 16 handpasses, including eight clearances from stoppages. Tom Taylor also fought hard on a wing, opposed at various times to Steven Payne, Freddie Clutterbuck and Ash Smith.

The Royals started with a bang and had five goals on the board after 12 minutes. Then it took until the 22nd minute for Claremont’s opening major, to Neates after he had received a free-kick for a high tackle 45m out.

Two minute later the Tigers had posted their second goal to Matt Davies after a forward move initiated by Blackwell and involving Taylor, Hamp and Andrew Foster.

It was all one-way traffic in the second quarter when East Perth piled on 7.3 to Claremont’s one behind --- scored by Foster from a free-kick at the 27-minute mark. In this quarter East Perth’s players took 28 marks, had 63 kicks, made 46 handpasses and took the ball inside the attacking 50m area 16 times to Claremont’s ten marks, 40 kicks, 30 handpasses and six inside 50s.

The dominance of the Royals is illustrated in the final statistics which reveal that the home side finished with 117 marks to Claremont’s 73, had 242 kicks to 189, made 179 handpasses to 114 and had 56 inside 50s to 30.

It was difficult for the small band of Claremont fans to supress their admiration when McGovern took a clever one-handed mark and kicked a goal and McGinnity booted two in the space of eight minutes in the third quarter, during which East Perth added 6.1 to Claremont’s 2.2.

Claremont’s two goals came in the space of two minutes, the first coming after Blackwell eluded a couple of opponents, and handpassed to Tom Ledger, who sent the ball to the goalsquare where Corey Yeo made no mistake. The second was a snap from Matt Orzel after Yeo had hooked the ball from the left pocket to a central location.

The Tigers struck first in the last quarter when Murphy received a free-kick for a push in the back 25m out. Replying to Murphy’s major was a second to McGovern 85 seconds later.  Soon afterwards Jack Bradshaw, switched from attack to the midfield, received a free-kick and started a forward sortie involving Ledger, Goyder and Blackwell, with Handley scoring a goal after receiving a deft handpass from Blackwell.

The clock then was about to tick past the five-minute mark, but then neither side managed a goal in the final 22 minutes of the contest. It was a dreary end to a lop-sided contest. East Perth added four behinds in the final 22 minutes and Claremont’s score was boosted by a forced behind.

by Ken Casellas


East Perth 19.10 (124) beat Claremont 6.8 (44)

Scorers---EAST PERTH: S. Butler, P. McGinnity, J. McGovern 2.1; J. Oakley-Nicholls, S.Payne, C. Wulff 2.0; J. Hill, F. McInnes, D. Sheed, C. Sinclair, A. Smith 1.1; P. Johnson, B. Lee 1.0; F. Clutterbuck, S. Tunbridge 0.1. CLAREMONT: T. Handley, R. Neates, C. Yeo 1.1; M. Davies, J. Murphy, M. Orzel 0.1; A. Foster, J. McAllister, M. Seaby 0.1; 2pts forced.

Best---EAST PERTH: B. Lee, P. McGinnity, S. Payne, S. Butler, N. Blee, B. Colledge, K. Anderson, F. Clutterbuck. CLAREMONT: L. Blackwell, J. McAllister, J. Murphy, T. Taylor, M. Goyder.

Baum Has Got What It Takes | Round 7 Colts Match Report

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 2:44 PM

The value of hard running which invariably disorganises the opposition was no better illustrated than early in the second quarter of the match at Fremantle Oval on Saturday when Claremont’s Isaac Baum gave further proof of his wonderful potential.

Baum, playing on a centre wing, had pressed back when South Fremantle were in attack and he was involved in a contest on a half-back flank which resulted in a Claremont clearing kick. Baum immediately charged forward and was still almost at full tilt as he accepted a beautifully weighted pass from Scott Trickey.

Baum then booted a goal which gave the Tigers the lead for the first time in the contest. The advantage stretched to 20 points eight minutes later, but the Bulldogs fought back to take a five-point lead late in the third term. The lead changed hands four times in the final quarter and South Fremantle prevailed to win by a solitary point, thanks to a favourable 50m penalty to the Bulldogs which resulted in an easy goal a few seconds before the final siren.

Baum, a driving force on a wing in the first half, was left limping and unable to move at anywhere near top pace in the third quarter. But he refused to allow the damage to the front of his left thigh to take the easy option of retiring to the sidelines.

Assistant coach Sam Wallace, standing in for coach Ross McQueen, switched Baum to full-forward where he made light of the injury to kick two last-quarter goals.

Poor discipline cost the Tigers dearly. A 50m penalty to the Bulldogs at half-back in the first quarter led directly to the first goal of the match --- to their towering full-forward Cameron Loersch. Then a double 50m penalty to K. Hosking enabled him to kick South Fremantle’s third goal shortly before half-time.

In a terrific see-sawing final quarter the Tigers held a five-point advantage in the final minute of play when Brandon Colbung took a mark on the right flank, almost 70m from goal. Claremont conceded yet another 50m penalty and Colbung booted the winning goal from point-blank range.

The Tigers were also unlucky to lose the services of Robert Simons 12 minutes after the opening bounce. Simons had been moved from defence to full-forward to fill in for Sam Bevan, who along with several of his teammates, was at a camp with the WA unxder-18 squad.

Simons had to be assisted from the field with severe damage to his left knee and Jacob Delaporte took over as goalsneak.

In an even first quarter each side kicked two goals, with Claremont’s coming from Lawrence Evans (with a clever screw kick from the left pocket after he had marked a long kick from defender Josh Barty) and Sam Seton (who received a free-kick for a high tackle, after some splendid work from Bailey Rogers and Russell Wynne).

Baum’s goal early in the second quarter was followed by three more in rapid succession, two from the elusive Wynne and one from Rogers.

Wynne was rewarded for his strong attack on the ball with a free-kick after being tackled high for his first major. Then Rogers snapped truly to end a good move initiated on the left wing by ruckman Jake Jones, who handpassed to Jack Beeck. Finally it was a strong tackle by Seton which paved the way for the goal to Rogers.

After some grand defensive work from full-back Cam Smith it was the hard-working Rogers who drove the ball forward to Sam Humphry, who fired a splendid short pass to Wynne for his second major.

South opened the third term with a goal to Brandon Donaldson which was followed in quick succession by Claremont goals to Seton and Wynne. Harry McCracken, Trickey, Humphry and Wynne were involved in an excellent move which resulted in Seton’s clever goal from the goalsquare. Then it was a Greg Colbung pass to a leading Wynne which gave him his third goal.

South regained the initiative and booted the next four goals. In the dying moments Matt Guelfi handpassed to Jordan Crockett in the right pocket, but to the groans of the Claremont supporters Crockett’s snap hit the left goal post to register a behind.

The Bulldogs started the final quarter with a four-point lead and then two behinds to Donaldson in the opening three minutes stretched the advantage to four points. Claremont responded with a goal to Baum after he had received an excellent pass from Rogers, following good handpasses from Guelfi and Wynne.

A Loersch mark and goal gave the Bulldogs back the lead. Excellent work by Trickey and Seton resulted in a mark to Baum, who passed accurately to Wynne for his fourth major. The scores were level. And then South got their noses in front again with a behind to Grant McLeod. Rogers was continuing to work hard and his kick forward saw Trickey launch himself top take a spectacular diving mark on the boundary line at right half-forward. A point to Trickey again tied the scores.

Trickey marked the South Fremantle kick-in and made the Bulldogs pay with a goal. Harry Wilkinson gained the clearance at the centre bounce and he got the ball to Wynne, who delivered to Colbung, whose excellent low pass was marked by Baum for his third goal.

Claremont then led by two goals with just under nine minutes remaining. South Fremantle reduced the margin with a behind to Loersch and a goal to Donaldson. South attacked relentlessly and twice they were foiled by centre-half-back Matt Cairns, who took two wonderful strong overhead defensive marks.

Finally, it was the 50m penalty to Brandon Colbung which sealed the issue.

by Ken Casellas


South Fremantle 11.10 (76) beat Claremont 12.3 (75)

Scorers---SOUTH FREMANTLE: C. Loersch 4.2; B. Donaldson 2.3; G. McLeod 1.1; D. Cabassi, B. Colbung, K. Hosking, C. Salmon 1.0; J. McComb 0.2; D. Moore, A. Nodari 0.1. CLAREMONT: R. Wynne 4.0; I. Baum 3.0; S. Seton 2.0; S. Trickey 1.1; L. Evans, B. Rogers 1.0; J. Crockett, J. Jones 0.1.

Best---SOUTH FREMANTLE: B. Fimmano, J. McComb, L. Pearson, C. Salmon, D. Moore, C. Loersch, J. Mirco. CLAREMONT: I. Baum, B. Rogers, J. Prendiville, S. Trickey, R. Wynne, M. Cairns, J. Beeck.

Yeo Earns Praise | Round 7 League Match Report

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 12:48 PM

Team sport is not about individual glory. It revolves around conforming to team ideals and structures. It demands discipline and the willingness to sacrifice personal glory.

A shining example of a player fully prepared to embrace all of the above emerged at Fremantle Oval on Saturday when Claremont’s Corey Yeo was given the task of keeping a tight rein on highly dangerous playmaker Haiden Schloithe.

It was a daunting assignment for Yeo --- to try to curb the activities of the AAMI Player of the Week for his best-on-ground display against East Fremantle the previous weekend when he booted four goals and had 27 disposals. Schloithe was also a star for the Bulldogs a week earlier when he amassed 37 disposals against West Perth.

Yeo uncomplainingly accepted the challenge and he succeeded in tremendous style, greatly reducing Schloithe’s influence. He restricted Schloithe to three marks (two in the final quarter when the Bulldogs were in total control), eight kicks and five effective handpasses. Schloithe scored two goals, the first deep into the third term and the second in the final stages of the last quarter after he had pulled down a fine high mark. He was also the beneficiary of four free-kicks, only one of which was awarded against Yeo.

Yeo finished the match without taking a mark and having only one kick (in the final term) as well as making four effective handpasses and applying three tackles. But he was a real winner for the Tigers as he performed his specific duty grandly.

Sadly, Yeo’s efforts were in vain. South Fremantle crushed Claremont by 64 points and left the Tigers floundering in eighth position the premiership table. Claremont had won the nine previous encounters with South Fremantle in the past four seasons, outscoring the Bulldogs in those matches (five of them at Fremantle Oval), 161 goals and 117 behinds to South’s 103 goals and 75 behinds.

Often statistics do not tell the real story, as in the case of Yeo. And it is difficult to come to terms with the first-quarter statistics when the Tigers managed one scoring shot (a goal) and South Fremantle kicked 4.2.

Remarkably, the Tigers penetrated their 50m attacking zone 18 times to 11 by the Bulldogs and they gained 13 clearances to South’s eight. Skill errors abounded and there were turnovers galore.

At the end of the contest Claremont gained 38 clearances at stoppages to the South Fremantle tally of 32 and the visitors went inside their 50m zone 44 times for just 8.3, while South scored 17.13 from 54 entries into their 50m zone. Claremont had a considerable edge in the ruck duels, finishing with 52 hit-outs to 25, and the Tigers also finished ahead in the tackle count, 55-32, and the free-kick count, 28-18.

Once again, acting captain Luke Blackwell was outstanding in the midfield. He strove desperately for four quarters to enliven the side, while Ryan Neates maintained his wonderful form on a wing and around the ground. Blackwell finished with 14 kicks, 16 highly effective handpasses, five tackles (a tally equalled by Andrew Foster, Aaron Holt, Matt Orzel and Matt Goyder), a match-high tally of 11 clearances and four inside 50s.

It was wonderful earlier in the day to watch Trinity Handley back in action, playing with such spirit and verve in the reserves match. The league side will welcome him and captain Jake Murphy back for the important clash against East Perth at Leederville Oval this coming Saturday afternoon when the entire squad will be hellbent to make amends for the most disappointing performance against South Fremantle. We know that East Perth are far from invincible.

The Tigers certainly gained no advantage whatsoever for going inside 50 18 times to South’s 11 in the opening quarter when Claremont’s solitary score was a snapped major from Jack Bradshaw, playing on after taking a mark in the right pocket.

Claremont opened the second-quarter goalscoring after four minutes with a fine long shot from Neates, dashing forward after gaining possession at a stoppage 70m out. Two goals in mid-term drew the Tigers to within ten points of the home side. Mark Seaby got the first after marking a long kick forward from the busy Neates and then Bradshaw got his second after Holt, Tom Taylor and Neates had combined to work the ball forward.

Holt, on a half-back flank, and Max Bentley, in a pocket, were shining in defence. It is a terrible blow that Bentley will miss Saturday’s match against East Perth with a leg injury.

South Fremantle replied to the goals from Seaby and Bradshaw with majors to Ben Saunders and Josh Pullman Then Mitchell Carter threatened to score another for the Bulldogs, but Jack Richardson produced a great chase and caught Carter, preventing him taking a shot.

Neates was flattened late in the quarter and left the field with bruised ribs. To his credit he was back in the thick of the action after half-time.

Twenty-eight minutes into the quarter a Goyder handpass to Seaby resulted in a fine goal from long range from teenage ruckman Darcy Cameron. This saw the Tigers in touch with the Bulldogs at the long break, only 16 points in arrears.

However, Claremont fell apart and buckled under the pressure applied by the Bulldogs, who restricted the Tigers to three second-half goals, while piling on 10.8 to romp away with the contest.

Claremont’s solitary third-quarter goal came after 20 minutes when Blackwell drove the ball forward to Orzel, whose slewed kick was marked by Taylor, who kicked truly from close range.

Hopes of a Claremont revival were aroused when the Tigers got the opening goal just 40 seconds into the final term. Tom ledger got the ball to Neates, who snapped a tremendous goal. But the Bulldogs assumed control and added the next four goals.

At the 18-minute mark Blackwell handballed to Mathew Aitchison, who got the ball on to Orzel, whose pass was marked by Bradshaw for his third major. South then rounded out proceedings and ended a miserable afternoon for the Tigers by scoring the final two goals.

by Ken Casellas


South Fremantle 17.13 (115) beat Claremont 8.3 (51)

Scorers---SOUTH FREMANTLE: B. Saunders 4.1; J. Pullman 2.2; M. Carter, J. Martinez, H. Schloithe, C. White 2.1; M. Pickett 1.2; J. Sellar 1.1; A. McIntosh 1.0; T. Kelly 0.1; 2pts forced. CLAREMONT: J. Bradshaw 3.0; R. Neates 2.0; D. Cameron, M. Seaby, T. Taylor 1.0; M. Andrews, M. Orzel 0.1; 1pt forced.

Best---SOUTH FREMANTLE: R. Cook, J. Martinez, D. Ross, A. Gugliemana, A. Hams, S. Bewick, B. Saunders, B. Verrier, S. Verrier, C. White, M. Carter. CLAREMONT: L. Blackwell, R. Neates, A. Foster, A. Holt, M. Orzel, J. Bradshaw, C. Yeo, M. Bentley.

Round 8 Preview Claremont vs. East Perth

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 7:49 PM

Claremont will be looking to rebound from its disappointing loss to South Fremantle when they take on East Perth this Saturday at Medibank Stadium.

The Tigers were completely outplayed by the Bulldogs in round seven, while the Royals made it consecutive victories with a patchy 10 point win over the Sharks.

The Tigers haven’t had much joy on the road this season, with a win over the Falcons in round two their only success.

The Tigers can, however, draw on the fact that the Royals have lost games to the Falcons and the Lions at the venue.

The Tigers had 11 players with less than 30 League games experience take on the Bulldogs, as Coach Michael Broadbridge continues to blood the youngsters.

Captain Jake Murphy will look to return from a knee injury that has sidelined him since round three, while vice-captain Trinity Handley could play his first League game since round one.

Handley played 80 minutes in the Reserves’ thumping win over the Bulldogs, as he seeks to return from a hamstring and back injury.

If Handley does return, then Broadbridge has the option of returning Anton Hamp to the forward line as the Tigers look to kick more goals.

Hamp has been a valuable replacement in the backline, however, with the Tigers averaging 9.5 goals per game, he may be required to help out the likes of Mark Seaby and Jack Bradshaw.

Bradshaw has kicked six goals in the last two rounds, although the Tigers will be looking to give their forwards better delivery of the football from the midfield.

The midfield battle shapes as a beauty.

The in-form Luke Blackwell (averaging 27.6 disposals per game), possibly Murphy, Ryan Neates and Matt Orzel will come up against the likes of Craig Wulff, Brendan Lee, possibly Sharrod Wellingham, and Patrick McGinnity.

The ruck battle could also prove crucial with Darcy Cameron, Mitch Andrews, and Seaby coming up against Callum Sinclair and Paul Johnson.

The Tigers defeated the Royals in both home-and-away fixtures last season, however, the Royals gained revenge in the Preliminary final, prevailing by 63 points.

A win for the Tigers could see them outside the top four only on percentage, while a win for the Royals could see them top of the table.

Bounce down is at 2.05pm.

By Dan Scamozzi

Tigers Far Too Strong For Bulldogs | Round 7 Reserves Match Report

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 11:56 AM

Claremont's Reserves have recorded their third consecutive win after dismantling South Fremantle by 80 points, 17.15 (117) to 5.7. (37) at Fremantle Oval.

In a dominant four-quarter effort the Tigers were led by Joel Ebert who kicked three goals, while Shane McAdam, Keegan Knott, Jordan Aitken, Matthew Davies, and Liam Smith each kicked two majors.

The Tigers were ruthless, restricting the Bulldogs to only two goals in the first three quarters.

Coach Nigel Wilson had to contend with several changes from the side who defeated Peel Thunder in round six, with Kiefer Yu sidelined through concussion, Josh Tilley out injured, Bernard Sneeuwjagt earning a League berth, and multiple players missing due to exams.

Jordan Law returned to the side, as did Luke Salamone and Sam Lamont, while Knott was back in the team after making way for Brandon Franz in the League side.

Vice-captain Trinity Handley lined up for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in the round one League loss to Perth.

The Tigers had the first goal of the game when Jayden Brooks kicked truly from 25m in the fifth minute.

A scrappy start to the game followed, before Traye Bennell kicked the home sides first major at the 18 minute mark.

The Tigers hit back when Smith was set up by Coleman Cristinelli, before Davie’s first major of the game saw the side take a 15 point lead into quarter time.

The break gave Wilson a chance to address his players on their ball use when entering the 50m zone, and to increase their speed of play between the backline and forward line.

The message seemed to have worked wonders, with Smith’s second goal arriving moments into the second term, before McAdam lit up the game with a running goal from the centre circle, which involved a one-two exchange with Knott.

When Knott kicked his first goal of the game after being set up by Davies, the margin was out to 32 points, with the Tigers having an early stranglehold on the contest.

Further goals to Aitken and Alex Manuel saw the lead out to 45 points at the major break, with the Tigers registering 17 shots at goal to seven for the half.

An early goal to Jayden D’Vauz got the third term underway after a rare turnover from the Tigers, before Knott kicked his second goal after being found by Aitken.

Goals to McAdam (second) and Ebert followed, before Knott found Ethan Panizza with a wonderful squaring ball as he extended the Tigers lead to 60 points at the last change.

With Wilson encouraging the players to finish off the game strongly, a second goal to Aitken was just the start to the final term the Tigers were looking for.

A 40m goal from Davies on the boundary line saw him register his second and the Tigers fourteenth major, before veteran Kris Miller replied for the Bulldogs.

Successive goals to Ebert saw the margin extended to 80 points at the 20 minute mark of the final term, before former Falcon Lewis Harvey kicked a late consolation for the home side.

Appropriately, the Tigers would have the final say, as Law’s first goal saw the final margin finish at 80 points, giving the Tigers a comprehensive victory.

Davies and Henry Roberts had 73 disposals between them, while Ben Daniher, Cristinelli, Aaron Hayes, Law, and Michael Trevenen all won their share of the football.

Wilson was delighted with the performance, but also identified areas for improvement.

“I think we started a little bit slowly,” Wilson said.

“We were a bit sloppy with the footy, mainly before half time.

“I think we recovered after half time with our skills, but you can tell with the conversion rate on the scoreboard, we’ve got a little bit of work to do.”

Five goals to two in the final term had Wilson singing the praises of his players.

“I was very happy,” Wilson said.

“We could have got lazy and let the game run its course, but we didn’t and we actually knuckled down, kept the pressure on and finished the game off pretty well.”

Wilson was further satisfied with his defenders, and also paid tribute to the game played by Hayes.

“Playing the goal keeper role is something he’s still learning,” Wilson said.

“It’s difficult for a young player when you play a goal keeping role, which is the one at the back of the defensive six where he basically plays on nobody.

“It’s tempting for them to get drawn to the player, but by the end of the game I reckon he got it down pat and I think he’ll go well with the role in future weeks.

“The back six were fantastic.”

Davies was another player to earn praise from the coach.

“I gave him the opportunity to look after the midfielders,” Wilson said.

“I think his leadership was fantastic and he had a ripper game.”

Vice-captain Handley was one to benefit from his first game since round one, and Wilson was pleased to have his experience on hand.

“He’s played over 180 games of WAFL, so he’s a class act,” Wilson said.

“We just needed to get 80 minutes of footy into him today, which we did.

“His name will be thrown up for the League side next week.”

The Tigers sit in second position on the ladder with five wins and one loss from their opening six games, trailing Subiaco only by percentage.

An away game against East Perth at Medibank Stadium awaits the team in round eight.

by Dan Scamozzi


CLAREMONT 3.5 8.9 12.11 17.15 (117)

SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.2 1.6 2.11 4.13 (37)







Round 7 Preview Claremont vs. South Fremantle

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 1:29 PM

Claremont will be looking to record consecutive wins for the first time this season when they take on South Fremantle this Saturday at Fremantle Oval.

The Tigers defeated Peel Thunder at the Showgrounds in round six, while the Bulldogs followed up their win over West Perth by defeating arch-rivals East Fremantle.

The Bulldogs are yet to win at home this season, and the Tigers will be looking to replicate their win on the road against the Falcons in round two.

The Tigers recorded their highest score for the season in the win over Peel, although they will come up against a Bulldogs side who have conceded only 19 goals in the past two rounds.

The Tigers will be hoping for similar efforts from Mark Seaby and Jack Bradshaw who kicked three goals each against Peel, while Ben Saunders has kicked nine goals in his previous two games for the Bulldogs (including seven against the Falcons in round five).

Anton Hamp may be the man for the job on the dangerous Saunders, having relished the move to the backline against Peel.

The Tigers will be hopeful of gaining Brandon Franz and vice-captain Trinity Handley who both missed last round through injury.

John Williams remains sidelined with a knee injury.

The Tigers will be mindful of Haiden Schloithe who is averaging 28.6 possessions per game and has kicked eight goals this season (including four in the win over the Sharks).

Captain Jake Murphy is a chance of returning from a knee injury, while vice-captain Luke Blackwell will once again be pivotal to the Tigers chances of victory, having averaged 27 possessions per game.

Mitch Andrews and Darcy Cameron will share the ruck load against Brock Higgins from the Bulldogs, as both teams look to give their midfielders first use of the football.

Claremont have dominated South Fremantle in recent times, winning the past nine encounters between the two teams.

You have to go all the way back to round five 2009 for the Bulldogs last win over the Tigers.

There are high stakes for this game with both teams looking for a third win, which could see them outside the top four only on percentage.

Bounce down is at 2.05pm.

By Dan Scamozzi

Colbung Shows Class | Round 6 Colts Match Report

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 6:54 PM

Defenders rarely gain the plaudits generally reserved for the flashy midfielders and the goalkicking aces. But they are highly important members of any team and one in the Claremont side who has performed admirably in the first five matches of the season without basking in any sort of spotlight is back pocket specialist Greg Colbung.

The 17-year-old Colbung, from the Royals club in Albany, has shown steady improvement and has proved highly dependable. His clean ball handling and decision making were highlights of the match against Peel Thunder at the Claremont Showgrounds on Saturday morning.

Along with fellow backmen Harry Court, Francis Watson, Cam Smith, Nick Barrow, Matthew Cairns, Robert Simons and Josh Barty, Colbung made life difficult for the Peel forwards and Claremont simply enjoyed a romp in the park in coasting to a 73-point victory, with the visitors managing just three goals in ideal conditions.

Powerhouse midfielders Alec Waterman and Jared Hardisty again showed the way. Each is a fearless competitor, blessed with remarkable stamina and an unquenchable appetite in their quest to gain possession of the ball. Waterman finished with six marks, 17 kicks, 16 effective handpasses, three tackles, six clearances at stoppages and five inside 50s. Hardisty had 12 kicks, 17 effective handpasses, three tackles and two clearances.

And again midfielders Sam Humphry and Bailey Rogers and wingers Ryan Lim and Harry Taylor were in grand form.

Humphry was in the thick of the action from the outset and he booted a goal from the left pocket 40 seconds after the opening bounce and a minute later he fired a pass to full-forward Sam Bevan for another goal. And when Matt Palfrey booted a goal from the right pocket the Tigers led, 3.0 to 0.0 after just four minutes.

However, it took another seven minutes for the next goal. Hardisty started the attacking move from half-back and he delivered an excellent pass to Bevan, who got the ball on to ruckman Jake Jones. Then Jones delivered to Barty for goal No. 4.

Peel got on the board late in the quarter with behinds Brayden Westwood and Brandon Smith and the Tigers scored their fifth goal (from Waterman) in the final minute, following a splendid passage of play involving Taylor, Lawrence Evans, Rogers, Court and Bevan.

The Claremont players appeared to become complacent in the second quarter. Their work rate deteriorated and Peel simply outplayed the home side, even though they managed only one goal for the term, while Claremont also scored one goal, a free-kick to Humphry.

A gusty wind was becoming stronger in the third quarter when the Tigers lifted their intensity and outscored Peel, 4.4 to 1.1. A snap from Harry McCracken after a stoppage at half-forward saw the first of Claremont’s goals posted for the quarter. An excellent pass from Taylor was marked 50m out by Isaac Baum for the next goal.

Rogers received a handpass for the next and Waterman gained the clearance at the resultant centre bounce when he handpassed to Jack Prendiville, whose kick forward was marked in fine style by Evans for another major.

Peel replied with a goal to Jacob Goodrick six minutes later and then a wonderful pass from Court found Lim for Claremont eleventh goal and a lead of 58 points at three-quarter time.

Coach Ross McQueen made several positional changes for the final quarter, most notably being the move of Cairns from full-back to full-forward, Bevan from full-forward to centre-half-back, Adam Volaric to centre-half-forward, Taylor from a wing to a back pocket and forwards Baum and Evans to the centre wings.

McCracken opened the scoring with a goal after some strong cohesive play from Watson, Volaric and Taylor. Six minutes later Volaric and Barty got the ball to Rogers in the left pocket where he received a free-kick and curled in a clever goal. Harry Wilkinson became the side’s eleventh individual goalkicker when he made full use of a 50m penalty.

Peel remain winless in 2014 and the Tigers must be prepared for a far more testing time when they meet top side South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval next Saturday morning.

by Ken Casellas



Claremont 14.14 (98) beat peel Thunder 3.7 (25)

Scorers---CLAREMONT: S. Humphry, H. McCracken 2.1; B. Rogers 2.0; L. Evans 1.4; S. Bevan, M. Palfrey 1.1; J. Barty, I. Baum, R. Lim, A. Waterman, H. Wilkinson 1.0; R. Simons 0.1; 5pts forced. PEEL: J. Goodrick 2.1; B. Tingey 1.0; M. Wallace 0.2; J. Adams, B. Smith, B. Westwood 0.1; 1pt forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: A. Waterman, H. Court, J. Hardisty, S. Humphry, G. Colbung, R. Lim, H. Taylor, R. Simons, F. Watson, J. Barty, B. Rogers. PEEL: M. Curnow, B. Walsh, B. Westwood, L. Shepherd, J. Goodrick, B. Milward.

Claremont Football Club Annual Golf Day

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 1:58 PM

‘Royal Fremantle at 6168m is not long by modern standards. The course is well maintained with clearly defined Kikuyu fairways that are amongst the best all year round in the country, tidy tee boxes and Bent grass greens that are deceptively quick. However, when a shot goes astray the penalty is fair and there is always a chance to manufacture a shot from under the trees to get the ball back into play.’


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Friday 16th May

Royal Fremantle Golf Club

359 High Street

Fremantle WA 6160




Registration must be received by Friday 9 May 2014


Claremont Football Club

PO Box 59


Phone: 08 9384 9200

Fax: 08 9384 5563

Email: tigers@claremonttigers.com