Round 3 Preview Claremont vs. Subiaco

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 6:27 PM

Claremont will be looking to make it consecutive wins when they host Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval this Saturday.

The Tigers recorded their first win of the season with a 12 point victory over reigning premiers West Perth in round two, while Subiaco made it consecutive wins with a 56 point thrashing of East Fremantle.

Most pleasing for Tigers coach Michael Broadbridge was the response the team showed following the disappointing defeat to Perth in round one.

The Tigers intensity, endeavour and pressure was back to its best at Arena Joondalup, and the side will be looking to replicate that against a white-hot Lions outfit.

The Tigers have enjoyed a recent dominance over the Lions, winning 11 of the last 12 encounters between the two sides.

Forward Jack Bradshaw is a good chance to line up against the Lions having overcome an ankle concern, although competition for spots will be strong following the impressive League debuts by Jack Richardson and Keegan Knott.

Vice-captain Trinity Handley will miss a second game with a hamstring injury.

The Tigers will look to gain an advantage in the ruck with Darcy Cameron and Mark Seaby coming up against the likes of Frank Stockley and Lachlan Delahunty.

Cameron was outstanding in the win over the Falcons, having 49 hit outs in only his second League game.

He will be looking to give midfielders Jake Murphy and Luke Blackwell first use of the football after they combined for 63 disposals and 25 clearances against the Falcons.

The Tigers defence will have to be on their guard, with the Lions boasting an array of goal kickers including Rhys Waters who has kicked seven goals in two games.

Tom Ledger was outstanding in the backline last round with his attack on the football and he’ll be looking to set up scoring opportunities with his run and rebound.

The Tigers will be wary of Shaun Hildebrandt, Wayde Twomey and Jason Bristow after strong starts to the season, while the teams’ accuracy in front of goal will also pose a threat, having kicked 33.21 so far this season.

The fixture is Claremont’s first home game for 2014, with the Showgrounds not available until round six.

Bounce down is at 12.30pm.

by Dan Scamozzi

Evans Sparkles

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:38 PM

It was the Lawrence Evans show in the first half of the match against West Perth at Joondalup on Saturday morning when the forward pocket specialist produced a delightful exhibition of his goalkicking talents to set Claremont on fire.

The effervescent 17-year-old booted five first-half majors, plus a behind from a set shot from point-blank range, to provide the impetus for Claremont’s 110-point demolition of the home side.

It was a magnificent display of co-ordinated team football, with the side boasting 12 individual goalscorers in the 22.11 to 5.3 triumph. The Tigers are on top of the premiership table with a massive percentage of 302.67.

But the side faces a far sterner test when it clashes with Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Lions, with gun forwards Rhys McAlister and Jeremey Woodley, should a far more formidable opponent than the Falcons.

Claremont will be without Sam Bevan and Ryan Lim, who will miss the next few fixtures while they travel with the AIS 18’s squad to London and Milan. And soon Claremont also will be without six other members of the WA 18’s squad --- Harry Taylor, Alec Waterman, Harrison Court, Jared Hardisty, Matt Palfrey and Francis Watson.

Isaac Baum got Claremont away to a flying start against West Perth with a goal in the opening minute before Evans got into the action five minutes later with his first goal after a cohesive passage of play involving half-back flanker Logan Stubber, winger Taylor and Baum.

Soon after that Evans was awarded a free-kick for a high tackle, but he missed a simple shot at goal. This came after a great tackle by the diminutive Scott Trickey on a West Perth opponent.

The Cardinals were finding life tough against a powerful midfield group and when they made a rare sortie into attack at the 12-minute mark they were denied by Mathew Cairns, who rose high to pull down an excellent mark.

Baum and Jack Prendiville were lively on the half-forward flanks and it was an excellent handpass from Baum in the right pocket delivered to Evans in the square that set him up for his second goal. Then in the final minute of the quarter Trickey drove the ball to the goalmouth where Prendiville soccered the first of his three goals.   

The Tigers led 4.1 to 0.1 at quarter time, but there was no real indication of the scoring spree that was to follow --- six goals in the second term, five in the third and seven in the fourth.

Again it was Claremont setting the pace, with two goals in the opening four minutes of the second term. Trickey showed great vision to steer a pass to Jake Jones, who handballed to Bailey Rogers, whose low pass was marked by the elusive Evans, resplendent in his green boots. Evans played on and booted his third goal. Then Harry Wilkinson got the ball forward to Taylor for Claremont’s sixth major. West Perth replied with their first goal, a snap from William Michell.

A tremendous smother off the boot of a West Perth player by Lim led to another goal from close range to Evans. Defender Rob Simons passed to Jones for another full-pointer and four minutes later Trickey gained a free-kick on the right wing for an out-of-bounds-on-the-full by West Perth and he started a move involving Baum and Prendiville which ended with a mark and goal from the hard-running Lim.

The Tigers scored their tenth goal late in the quarter after Sam Humphry, Taylor and Court had combined to get the ball to Evans for his fifth. Then West Perth’s Nathan Alexandre was awarded a free-kick at the top of the goalsquare. The siren sounded and Alexandre popped through a much-needed goal.

Alexandre opened the goalscoring in the third term with an accurate shot in the opening minute before the home side added another two minutes later from the boot of Zachary Saunders.

But after that it was all one-way traffic, with Claremont scoring 12 of the final 13 goals.

Evans notched his sixth major five minutes into the term after Waterman got the ball to Lim, whose pass saw Evans outmark Jordan Gray and then play on to score. A great tackle by Baum in defence resulted in him booting the ball to full-forward Palfrey, who unselfishly fired a long handpass to Prendiville for his second major.

Prendiville got his next after receiving a Trickey handpass, which followed some good work from Baum, Harry McCracken and ruckman Will McSweeney. Soon afterwards Evans drove the ball forward for a goal to Jones, and the final goal for the quarter went to Court after he had accepted a pass from Prendiville.

Coach Ross McQueen switched Bevan from centre-half-back to centre-half-forward for the final term and Bevan appreciated the move by scoring three last-quarter goals, the first coming after two minutes when he received a free-kick after the busy Waterman had driven the ball forward.

Palfrey chipped in cleverly to mark a West Perth backwards defensive switch kick to score a goal from close range. McCracken and Trickey combined to work the ball forward to Baum, whose shot fell short, but was marked by Bevan for his second. Humphry gained the clearance at the centre bounce, handpassing to Hardisty, who handballed on to Taylor, who passed to the lanky Bevan for his third goal in the space of six minutes.

Though Evans was not amongst the goals he was still making his presence felt and he earned the plaudits of the Tigers fans with his great tackle on West Perth’s Mitchell Peirce. A minute later Waterman and Cairns got the ball forward for a goal to Wilkinson.

Claremont’s final two goals came from a Waterman pass to Humphry and then from Waterman after Humphry had got the ball on to Baum. This stretched Claremont’s lead to 116 points. However, a goal to Liam Pardini as the final siren sounded reduced the margin to 110 points.

While much of the credit for Claremont’s runaway success can be attributed to the marvellous form of the midfielders and forwards, the defenders deserve praise for their stout-hearted work. Cairns was strong at full-back and Watson delighted the fans with his great poise and his wonderful marking ability.

It was a lop-sided contest, with Claremont taking 73 marks to West Perth’s 39, having 218 kicks to 147 and making 150 handpasses to 82. The Tigers also took the ball inside their 50m attacking zone 54 times to 21 by West Perth. Things will get tougher and many important challenges lie ahead.

by Ken Casellas

Details:

Claremont 22.11 (143) beat West Perth 5.3 (33).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: L. Evans 6.1; S. Bevan, J. Prendiville 3.1; J. Jones 2.2; H. Court, R. Lim, A. Waterman 1.1; I. Baum, S. Humphrey, M. Palfrey, H. Taylor, H. Wilkinson 1.0; J. Barty, B. Rogers, S. Trickey 0.1. WEST PERTH: N. Alexandre 2.0; L. Pardini 1.1; W. Michell, Z. Saunders 1.0; M. Peirce 0.1; 1pt forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: J. Hardisty, R. Lim, L. Evans, F. Watson, A. Waterman, J. Prendiville, H. Taylor, B. Rogers, S. Humphry, S. Bevan, M. Cairns. WEST PERTH: W. Michell, M. Peirce, M. Douglas, J. Sheehan-Nel, T. Manners.

Ledger Shines In New Role

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:39 PM

Tom Ledger, cast in the unfamiliar role of a defender, accepted the challenge with considerable relish and emerged as a principal architect in Claremont’s wonderful victory over the highly-fancied West Perth at Joondalup on Saturday.

The two-goal triumph over the reigning premiers provided a tremendous stimulus for the Tigers who had underperformed and underachieved in their first-round 65-point loss to Perth the previous weekend.

This was a turnabout of immense proportions and the performance reflects great credit on coach Michael Broadbridge, who did not mince his words when he declared that the side’s feeble effort against Perth was totally unacceptable.

He demanded a far greater commitment --- and he got that from a group hellbent on atonement after such a lack-lustre first-up display. The players responded to the challenge magnificently and the Tigers were stronger, fitter, more purposeful, disciplined and desperate than the home side.

Every one of the 22 men who wore the Claremont jumper stepped up to the mark and showed that the rewards are great when they follow instructions dutifully, are prepared to help each other and have confidence in their own ability. Many players had specific roles against West Perth and these men were fully prepared to sacrifice personal glory and to accept the challenge of performing unglamorous tasks.

Celebrations were kept well in check. It was a memorable victory to savour. But no one is getting carried away or getting ahead of himself. Not one player is preparing to rest on his laurels. From the start of the new week the focus is firmly on the challenge of doing battle with the unbeaten Subiaco side at East Fremantle Oval next Saturday.

In a nutshell, Claremont suffocated the Falcons and deprived them of the freedom they sought. This was achieved by constant pressure applied by all Claremont players, and West Perth simply were denied space and given little time in which to develop a cohesive brand of football. This was in stark contrast to the insipid effort against Perth.

The Ledger move was a masterstroke. A week earlier Ledger, in his league debut for the Tigers, was surprisingly ineffective on a centre wing. Against West Perth Broadbridge was extremely keen to find a player who could set up attacking moves from the half-back line, and he punted on Ledger, instructing him to line up on a half-back flank and to become a rebounding player.

Ledger, opposed mainly by James Batterham, seized the opportunity and became a major springboard of attack. His fierce attack on the ball and his creativity set up many promising forward sorties. Several times he impressed with his courage as he ran fearlessly with the flight of the ball to win possession and turn defence into attack.

In a tough, dour first half the lead changed hands seven times and the scores were level on four occasions. However, the Cardinals were in front at the three changes, leading by a goal at quarter time, two points at half time and four points at three quarter time. But one had the feeling for the greater part of the contest that the Tigers had the measure of West Perth.

This proved correct with Claremont adding 2.4 in the final term and holding the home side scoreless. Rain began to tumble down at the 25-minute mark before it developed into a deluge. These were the conditions that really suited the tigerish Matt Orzel and he and his teammates hurled themselves into the fray without hesitation as they controlled proceedings until the final siren.

Orzel was one of a band of outstanding Claremont midfielders, notably Luke Blackwell, Jake Murphy, Ryan Neates and Matt Aitchison.

Blackwell had 13 clearances from stoppages and Murphy had 12. Murphy applied seven tackles and Orzel and Aitchison each had six tackles. Neates again made full use of his sparkling speed to be a driving force, while Aitchison, in his first league appearance for the Tigers, performed grandly in his tagging role against West Perth playmaker Matt Guadagnin.

Powerful teenager Brenden Abbott, from the Royals club in Albany, made a wonderful league debut, playing fearlessly in a back pocket, while other Great Southern teenagers Steven Edwards (in defence) and Darcy Cameron (ruck) made valuable contributions.

The 18-year-old Cameron certainly came of age as ruckman of considerable promise in only his second WAFL match. He leapt high to gain 49 knocks and he was a clear winner in his duel against 30-year-old 206cm 132-game veteran Chris Keunen.

Andrew Foster again made his presence felt in attack and his three goals in a low-scoring contest were the result of his hard work and application. Keegan Knott made his WAFL debut in a forward pocket and showed that he deserves further trials in the senior side.

Tall forward Anton Hamp has not hit the scoreboard in the opening two matches, but he and John Williams help to organise the side in attack. Hamp performs many unobtrusive actions and he will soon be rewarded with a bag of goals. In a stout defence which restricted the Falcons to eight goals it was again Brandon Franz who was outstanding, keeping his opponent Marcus Adams extremely quiet.

Twenty-one-year-old Jack Richardson made an auspicious start to his league debut by booting the first goal of the match at the ten-minute mark of the opening term. He took a mark in right pocket before calmly steering the ball through the tall uprights.

West Perth replied with goals in the next five minutes to Shane Nelson and Jay van Berlo. These came after free-kick to Nelson and a free-kick and 50m penalty to van Berlo. A goal to Matthew Fowler increased West Perth’s lead to 12 points before Claremont replied six minutes later when Ledger drove the ball forward with a left-foot kick from the left wing. He copped an elbow and Hamp received a free-kick downfield where he handpassed to Max Bentley for Claremont second major.

The Cardinals went forward threateningly late in the term, but they were thwarted when Aaron Holt smothered a kicked off the boot of Aaron Black to foil his shot at goal.

Claremont started the second quarter with great endeavour and were rewarded for their efforts with an early goal to Ledger. West Perth hit back five minutes later with a mark and goal to full-forward Anthony Tsalikis. Not a goal was scored in the next 11 minutes of tough, uncompromising football until some good work from Hamp and Knott resulted in a goal to Foster.

Nine minutes passed before Neates chipped in to mark a West Perth clearing kick and he executed a smart short pass to Foster, who booted a splendid goal from 55m on the boundary line at right half-forward.

A goal to Keunen at the 30-minute mark of the second quarter was followed by two more home side goals early in the third term to give the Falcons breathing space with a 15-point advantage. Neates was at his inspirational best and he foiled West Perth with a great smother off the boot of Brayden Antonio. Soon after that Neates fearlessly hurled himself at the ball and earned himself a free-kick.

It took Claremont 21 minutes to score their first goal of the quarter. It came when Foster handpassed to Abbott, venturing downfield from the back pocket. Abbott revealed wonderful dash before slamming home his first goal in league football.

Five minutes later a move instigated in the centre of the ground by Blackwell and Aitchison ended with Foster gaining possession and getting the ball on to Williams, whose handball to Richardson in the goalsquare gave him his second goal.

Soon afterwards Cameron, revealing wonderful composure, snapped truly after some excellent work in the midfield from Murphy and Blackwell. This gave the Tigers a four-point lead before West Perth hit back with another goal to Tsalikis.         

Early in the final term Blackwell handpassed to Murphy, whose kick was marked by Mark Seaby. But only a point resulted. Shortly after that a Murphy handpass set up a Neates goal which put the Tigers back in front. This was followed by behinds from Bentley and Hamp as the Tigers were assuming control.

Cameron showed his worth at the 11-minute mark as he pulled down a great saving high mark at half-back. It was all Claremont as Foster handpassed to Aitchison for another behind. Twenty-one minutes had elapsed when Cameron received a free-kick. He booted the ball deep into attack where Foster ran on to the loose ball before notching his third major. 

Cameron was asserting a powerful influence on the game and his spirited, wholehearted chase after West Perth’s Steven Browne on the right wing enabled Edwards to pounce on the ball and drive the Tigers into attack. No score resulted and at the 25-minute mark the rain began to fall. There was no further score and Claremont emerged triumphant after a tremendous four quarters of disciplined, unselfish teamwork.

by Ken Casellas

Details:

Claremont 10.10 (70) beat West Perth 8.10 (58).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: A Foster 3.0; J. Richardson 2.1; M. Bentley, R. Neates 1.1; B. Abbott, D. Cameron, T. Ledger 1.0; M. Aitchison, A. Hamp, K. Knott, M. Orzel, H. Roberts, M. Seaby 0.1; 1pt forced. WEST PERTH: A. Tsalikis 3.0; M. Fowler, S. Nelson 1.1; C. Keunen, N. Rodda J. van Berlo 1.0; S. Potente 0.2; B. Antonio, J. Batterhamm, M. Guadagnin 0.1; 3pts forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: L. Blackwell, J. Murphy, T. Ledger, D. Cameron, R. Neates, M. Aitchison, M. Orzel, B. Franz, A. Foster. WEST PERTH: S. Nelson, A. Black, S. Browne, A. Strijk, A. Tsalikis, L. Rasmussen, L. Tedesco.

Tigers Dominate Falcons | Round 2 Reserves Match Report

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Claremont’s Reserves’ (Development) have made it consecutive wins to start the season, after a 45 point victory over West Perth at Arena Joondalup.

Alex Manuel kicked a game-high three goals, while Luke Cameron and Sam Lamont chipped in with two, as the Tigers prevailed 14.10 (94) to 7.7 (49).

The Tigers victory was set up by a dominant opening term, which included 19 inside 50m entries.

The Falcons got off to a dream start when Tim Sutherland kicked truly from 45 metres to give the home side an early lead.

The Tigers worked their way into the contest when Sam Lamont intercepted a Falcons kick 35 metres out from goal, only for his shot to fall short.

The Falcons failed to adhere the warning as Lamont kicked the Tigers first goal after some fantastic roving to level the scores at one goal apiece six minutes into the contest.

A behind from Kiefer Yu followed, before Lamont grabbed his second goal after some fantastic tackling pressure from the Tigers in their forward half.

A Ben Taylor goal from 40 metres out gave the Tigers their third major and suddenly the away team were out to a 13 point lead at the 18 minute mark.

Luke Cameron was then awarded a free kick at the top of the goal square as a result of a marking contest and when he kicked truly the lead was out to 19 points.

Lamont then registered a behind to give the Tigers a 20 point lead at quarter time, 4.2 (26) to 1.0 (6).

Tigers Coach Nigel Wilson was extremely happy with his sides’ pressure and intensity in the opening term, but urged his players to be more effective when going forward.

A scrappy start to the second term was to follow, before Cameron kicked his second goal to give the Tigers a 26 point lead at the 15 minute mark.

Moments later, an inspired chase and tackle saw Yu rewarded with a shot at goal from close range, and when he kicked truly the Tigers were out to a commanding 32 point lead.

Behinds from Lamont and Yu followed, before Seva Martin kicked a badly needed goal for the Falcons, which saw them trail the Tigers by 27 points at the major break.

Wilson was again happy with his sides’ pressure on the opposition, but stressed the need to improve the way they moved the ball forward, with the Falcons placing loose numbers behind the ball.

Some fantastic ball movement allowed Manuel to give the Tigers a dream start to the second half with his first goal extending the lead to 34 points.

The Falcons responded with a goal to Corey Chalmers, only for the Tigers to immediately hit back through Cameron’s second of the game.

A goal to Joseph Morrow at the 15 minute mark saw the Tigers lead trimmed to 27 points, before Luke Falconer’s first of the afternoon pushed the margin back out to 33.

When Jack McPhee kicked his first goal after winning a holding the ball free kick, the Tigers lead was out to a game-high 40 points.

Sutherland then kicked his second goal of the afternoon after winning a free kick in a ruck contest, before Shaun Marusic’s late effort saw the Falcons close to within 29 points at the last change.

After an even third term which saw both teams kick four goals, the last term got off to a scrappy start, before Manuel registered his second goal from a tight angle.

When Jayden Brooks kicked his first goal at the 18 minute mark of the last term, the Tigers were well and truly on their way to victory.

Manuel then kicked his third goal from an identical spot as moments earlier as the lead blew out to 47 points.

When Chalmers kicked his second goal, the home team trailed by 42 points, before man-of-the-match Corey Yeo capped off his outstanding afternoon with a major at the 25 minute mark, resulting in an emphatic Tigers victory.

Yeo was by far the dominant player on the ground, finishing with 39 disposals, five marks, seven clearances and one goal.

The Tigers were also well served by League regulars Yu and Sam Fong, while Ben Daniher, Matthew Goyder, and Liam Smith all won plenty of the ball.

Wilson was pleased with his sides effort in what was a scrappy game at times.

“It wasn’t pretty, but at times when the ball got set free, we were able to use it with a little bit of space, and we used it better than the opposition,” Wilson said.

“There’s a few things we need to work on going into our forward line, but full credit to the boys.

“Once again their intensity and their efforts around the football were fantastic.”

Wilson was full of praise for his teams overall defensive effort.

“For the guys down back and for the players who worked to push back, to actually keep the opposition to 7.7 was a fantastic effort,” Wilson said.

“Our forced turnovers were through the roof again for the game, which is your tackling, spoiling and smothering.

“All of those things when the opposition have the ball and we forced the ball back our way, our numbers were even better this week than last week.”

Wilson was not too concerned that the side failed to convert some early chances.

“The opportunities that we squandered in that first quarter, the boys intent was always there, it just needs a bit of polish and that will come with more games of football. We probably could’ve been ten goals up.” Wilson said.

Wilson was full of praise for Yu and Fong who were omitted from last week’s League team.

“Kiefer got a lot of the ball today.” Wilson said.

“He’s come back and really put the effort in that’s required.

“To have a guy like Sam Fong come back, he was given a little bit of a different role to that of the League side, but he acquitted himself really well.

“His attack and his ferocity at the contest, to me that was amazing.

“His kicking efficiency was fantastic, he was working at 100% with that.

“His attack at the contest, the ball and the opposition were second to none.”

Yeo also earned the praise of his coach.

“He gave himself a chance for his name to be thrown up next week for the League side.” Wilson said.

Adding to Wilson’s delight is the competition for spots.

“Shane McAdam got injured at training on Thursday. He’ll be available for next week.” Wilson said.

“Guys like Mitch Andrews, Mitch McGovern their available.

“We’re going to have fun at selection.

“It’s a good situation to be in.

“Even in the Development squad, you’ve really got to earn your spot.”

The Tigers take on Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval next Saturday.

Bounce down is at the earlier time of 10.05am.

by Dan Scamozzi

CLAREMONT 4.2 6.5 10.8 14.10 (94)

PERTH 1.0 2.2 6.4 7.7 (49)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 3 A. MANUEL, 2 S. LAMONT, L. CAMERON, 1 J. BROOKS, L. FALCONER, J. MCPHEE, L. SMITH, B. TAYLOR, C. YEO, K. YU.

WEST PERTH: 2 C. CHALMERS, T. SUTHERLAND, 1 S. MARTIN, S. MARUSIC, J. MORROW

BEST

CLAREMONT: C. YEO, K. YU, S. FONG, B. DANIHER, B. TAYLOR, S. LAMONT, L. SMITH, M. GOYDER

WEST PERTH: C. CHALMERS, S. HEALY, J. THRUM, T. SUTHERLAND

Taylor Move A Success

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 7:07 PM

Harry Taylor, a key member of Claremont’s 2013 colts premiership side, is making a smooth transition from defence to a wing.

The 17-year-old Taylor excelled on a wing and played a major role in Claremont’s 42-point victory over Perth in a round 1 clash at Lathlain Park on Saturday where he took six marks, had 16 kicks and made eight effective handpasses. He had three clearances from stoppages and sent the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking zone four times.

Jared Hardisty was busy on the other wing and the side received great impetus from a powerful midfield, led by Alec Waterman, Sam Humphry, Ryan Lim and Bailey Rogers.

This midfield ascendancy made life comparatively easy for the Tigers defence which conceded only six goals. Noted forward Sam Bevan relished the change to centre-half-back where he overshadowed Reid Polak. The other defenders were rarely beaten and it was pleasing to watch the spirited efforts of Josh Barty, a newcomer from New South Wales.

The lead changed hands eight times in the first half of the contest. From then on, the Tigers dominated proceedings.

Half-forward flanker Isaac Baum opened Claremont’s goalscoring after ten minutes when Hardisty delivered to full-forward Matt Palfrey, whose pass was marked by Baum. Soon after that Baum was under notice for applying a strong tackle on a Perth opponent.

Centre-half-forward Nick Reid soccered Claremont’s second major after a boundary throw-in in the right pocket. The Demons drew level early in the second quarter when full-forward Lennon Marlin received a free-kick and kicked truly. Claremont hit back with an accurate snap from Lim from a scrimmage. This forward move involved big Jake Jones, Jack Prendiville and Palfrey.

Half-back flanker Harrison Court took a clever one-handed mark in the centre and booted the ball deep into attack where Reid took a tumbling mark before his shot sailed out of bounds on the full.

Claremont regained the lead just before half time when Palfrey handpassed to Harry Wilkinson, whose pass was marked by Hardisty for Claremont’s fourth goal in a low-scoring encounter in warm conditions.

Claremont added 3.4 to Perth’s 1.1 in the third term, with Lim outstanding, Waterman continuing in grand style, Will McSweeney holding sway in the ruck duels, Palfrey dominating at centre-half-forward after switching with Reid, and Baum, Wilkinson, Prendiville and Lawrence Evans also proving dangerous in attack.

Earlier in the quarter it was Court to McSweeney for another attacking sortie which saw the talented Evans soaring high and virtually floating to pull down a spectacular mark. Evans passed to Baum, but the move ended with a snapped behind to Reid.

Reid then scrambled a major from the goalsquare after a move involving Barty, Humphry, Wilkinson and Rogers. A Taylor pass to McSweeney resulted in a behind. Palfrey was roaming far and wide to put his special stamp on the contest and he finally registered his first goal after marking a pass from Barty, who had received a handpass from Waterman.  

Two minutes later and 60 seconds before the three-quarter-time siren the busy Humphry snapped truly after some strong work by Reid against Perth’s Sam McGillivray.

Palfrey was in full flight in the final quarter as he booted Claremont’s first three goals. First it was Taylor to Hardisty to Palfrey, who took a bounce before booting a goal. A Hardisty handball and a rushed kick from defender Logan Stubber enabled Palfrey to get another. And 90 seconds later the left-footed palfrey notched his fourth for the match after he capitalised on some good work from Baum and Harry McCracken.

Claremont’s final two goals came from Jones. First, it was Waterman sending the side into attack where Evans worked hard before cleverly tapping the ball on to Jones, who snapped truly with the left boot. Then a Barty handpass in the centre saw Palfrey boot the ball long into attack where Jones held the mark.

It was an encouraging all-round performance from the Tigers, who now travel to Joondalup to do battle with the Falcons this coming Saturday.

by Ken Casellas

Details:

Scorers---CLAREMONT: M. Palfrey 4.3; N. Reid 2.3; J. Jones 2.0; S. Humphry, R. Lim 1.1; I. Baum, J. Hardisty 1.0; W. McSweeney, A. Waterman 0.1; 2pts forced. PERTH: L. Marlin 3.2; R. Polak 1.1; T. Greene, C. Jones 1.0; S. Doncon, T. Phillips 0.1; 1pt forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: H. Taylor, M. Palfrey, A. Waterman, R. Lim, I. Baum, S. Humphry, L. Evans, S. Bevan, H. Court. PERTH: S. Doncon, C. Leggett, L. Marlin, M. Henderson, J. Greene, B. Manuel.

Vale Ken Caporn

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Ken Caporn, the greatest full-back in the history of the Claremont Football Club, died on Wednesday at the age of 86.

As a mark of respect Claremont players in all grades will wear black armbands in matches against West Perth at Joondalup on Saturday.

Caporn made his senior debut in the under-age competition in 1943 and went on to play for the Tigers for 16 seasons, amassing a club record tally of 273 league matches. When he retired in 1958 this was also a WA record. Caporn’s club record was surpassed by Darrell Panizza, who had made 274 league appearances for Claremont when he retired in 1995.

Last October Caporn was named at full-back in Claremont’s Greatest Ever Team.  He began his senior career as a ruckman before being switched to full-back in 1945. He was a member of the West Australian carnival team which played in Adelaide in 1953 when the only other Claremont player in the side was centre-half-forward John Munro, who died last year.

Caporn represented WA 12 times and he was Claremont’s fairest-and-best player in 1951 and 1954. In 1954 he was one of three West Australians named in the Sporting Life’s Australian Team of the Year.

He had the remarkable distinction of chalking up his 100th league match a couple of weeks before his 21st birthday. He was the first Claremont player to notch 200 league appearances and when he played his 256th match it broke the State record for the number of league matches.

Known as Moose because of his powerful physique, Caporn was a tower of strength at full-back and was noted for his prodigious drop-kicking. A fitness fanatic, Caporn also had a distinguished career as a surf lifesaver with the North Cottesloe Club. He was a member of the North Cottesloe team which won the Australian R and R title in 1952  Other members of the eight-man team were also Claremont footballers, the others being Ron Hinchcliffe, Graham Russell and Bill Kidner.

Caporn’s son Garry played 30 league matches for the Tigers between 1973 and 1975.

Ken Caporn will be remembered at Claremont as a champion player, a true legend and a wonderful gentleman.

by Ken Casellas

Round 2 Preview Claremont vs. West Perth

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Claremont will be looking to bounce back from their round one loss to Perth when they take on reigning premiers West Perth at Arena Joondalup this Saturday.

Like the Tigers, the Falcons had a disappointing start to their season when they lost to East Fremantle by three points.

The Tigers will be without vice-captain Trinity Handley after he suffered a hamstring injury in the loss to the Demons, while the Falcons could be without reigning club champion Andrew Strijk after he suffered a shoulder injury in the loss to the Sharks.

The midfield battle between the two teams could prove pivotal, with Luke Blackwell, Jake Murphy, Andrew Foster, Matt Orzel and Ryan Neates coming up against the likes of Aaron Black, Shane Nelson, Jay van Berlo, Matt Guadagnin and Ray Bartholomew.

The ruck battle also promises to be fascinating, with former Falcon Mark Seaby coming up against Chris Keunen.

The two teams will look to improve the quality of their ball use, after turnovers and poor skill execution were telling in round one.

With both sides managing a combined tally of 19 goals in the opening round, a fast start could be on the cards as both teams look to move the ball quickly into their forward line.

With no player from either side kicking more than two goals in round one, we may see more of the same as the talent from both midfield groups look to help out the forwards.

The Tigers emerged victorious in both encounters between the two teams last season, including a 21 point victory at Arena Joondalup in round 12, however, the Falcons recorded a four point victory in the 2nd Semi Final on their way to winning the premiership.

The Tigers will be looking to give Broadbridge his first senior win as coach, while the Falcons will have the unfurling of the premiership flag before the game.

by Dan Scamozzi

Tigers Stumble at First Hurdle - Rd1 League Match Report

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Nothing lasts for ever. Claremont’s complete dominance over Perth at Lathlain Park came to a shuddering, heart-wrenching end on Saturday afternoon when the Demons demolished an under-achieving and extremely disappointing Tigers combination.

A slick-moving and relentless Perth simply destroyed a feeble rival and romped to a highly-impressive 65-point victory, leaving the Tigers to lick their wounds and to regroup for the round 2 clash against reigning premiers West Perth at Joondalup next Saturday afternoon.

This ended a 12-year drought for Perth against Claremont at their home ground. The Tigers had won the previous 12 matches against Perth at Lathlain Park. Perth’s previous home win against Claremont was when they triumphed by 34 points, 12.13 to 7.9, in round nine 2002. Since then Claremont have enjoyed a remarkable superiority over the Demons at Lathlain Park.

Saturday’s result was in stark contrast to many of the previous 12 games between the clubs at Lathlain Park, with the Tigers winning some of those contests by huge margins, including the 158-point rout in round 16, 2004, with a scoreline of 28.18 to 4.4. Other commanding victories included a 22.9 to 12.10 result in 2010 and a 149-point victory in round 22, 2012 (29.13 to 5.8).

It all goes to show that nothing in sport, or in life, can be taken for granted. History is important. But it certainly has little or no influence on determining the outcome of future contests.

Claremont went into Saturday’s match with plenty of confidence after a strong performance and easy win in a scratch match against Swan Districts the previous weekend. However, Perth ambushed the Tigers with their greater resolve, a more ferocious commitment and a superior and more skilful brand of football.

Now, after a couple of days of soul-searching, it is time to consign that match to history and to plan for the future.

It was an extremely hot, muggy day and a scorching, energy-sapping wind from the east was far from ideal. But this cannot be presented as any sort of excuse. Players from both sides had to contend with the same conditions.

There was nothing early to suggest that the Tigers were going to be steamrolled. Ruckman Mark Seaby met with interference at the opening bounce and his free-kick was marked at centre-half-forward by Anton Hamp, who notched a goal with just 39 seconds on the digital clock.

For the next 15 minutes Perth attacked relentlessly, but managed only two behinds. The Tigers were showing tremendous spirit and the defence stood up in grand style, with many attacking moves foundering.

Matthew Moody looked set to score Perth’s opening goal as he was running forward at centre-half-forward into open space with not a single player ahead of him. Keifer Yu chased hard, caught up with Moody and applied a powerful tackle to earn a well-merited free-kick.

Soon after that the Demons were thwarted again when full-back Brandon Franz was awarded a free-kick for his tackle on Moody in the goalsquare.  Then, at the 12-minute mark the dangerous Brennan Stack was lining up for a shot from 15m out, only to be halted by a grand Aaron Holt tackle. And another Perth attack was nipped in the bud when Seaby pulled down a strong mark deep in defence.

Claremont captain Jake Murphy got into the act with a strong tackle on Matthew Boyle to earn a free-kick before, finally, Moody snapped Perth’s first major at the 20-minute mark. Ninety seconds later Moody repeated the dose after receiving a free-kick to give the home side a nine-point advantage.

But Claremont’s Matt Davies replied within a minute with a goal on the run and four minutes later full-forward John Williams booted an inspirational goal after outpacing Matthew Welburn and shrugging off a tackle, bursting forward and taking two bounces before bring up full points.

Claremont led by two points at quarter time and few Tigers supporters were prepared for the rout that was to follow. Perth assumed total control and ran the opposition ragged as they spread astutely and carried the ball downfield in waves. The Perth midfield was in command, with nifty wingers Cameron Manuel and Michael Florio continuing to run riot.

Perth added 4.2 in the second quarter during which Claremont’s only score was a forced behind. Rare highlights for Claremont in this term were two excellent smothers off the boot of an opponent by Sam Fong (against Joel Leeson) and Ryan Neates (against Brent Edmonds).      

Amazingly, that forced behind was Claremont’s only score in 55 minutes, during which time Perth piled on ten goals and four behinds.   

The Demons simply dominated the midfield battles and they nonplussed the Tigers with their swift ball movement, superb handpassing and precise kicking to leading forwards. Claremont’s solitary goal in the second and third terms came at the 21-minute mark of the third quarter when debutant Max Bentley gained the clearance at a centre bounce and passed accurately to Davies, whose kick was marked by a leading Williams for his second major.

Perth led 13.8 to 4.3 at three-quarter time before goals flowed in the final quarter, with Perth adding six and Claremont five. Luke Blackwell gained the clearance at the opening bounce and he passed to  Neates, who found Matt Orzel 55m out for a goal with only 50 seconds on the clock.

Claremont’s other final-term goals came from the hard-working Andrew Foster, Hamp, Davies and Seaby.

Foster’s goal came after receiving a free-kick in the right pocket; Hamp took a mark in the right pocket for his second goal; Davies got his second with a clever snap and it was Edwards (switched from defence to attack) who got the ball on to Seaby for Claremont’s ninth and final goal on a miserable afternoon at Lathlain Park.

The Tigers had few winners. The 18-year-old Bentley made a sound debut and showed flashes of class in his 11-kick, two effective-handpass performance on a wing, which h included three clearances and three inside 50s. Fellow-18-year-olds Edwards and ruckman Darcy Cameron had their moments and will develop into good league footballers. Recruit Bernard Sneeuwjagt played on the ball and in defence and weighed in with seven kicks and eight effective handpasses.

Winger Tom Ledger, a star for the Claremont colts in 2010, made his league debut for the Tigers after three seasons with St Kilda. He was suffering from a viral complaint and was relatively quiet.

Without offering any excuses for the drubbing, it must be pointed out that the Tigers felt the loss of centre-half-back Trinity Handley, who was forced out of action in the second half, suffering from, a hamstring strain. And  Yu was playing in pain after receiving a nasty blow high in his spine.

Handley had been outstanding before he hurt his leg, keeping a tight rein on Perth star Paul Bevan and restricting him to just three first-half kicks. Holt and Franz had turns in guarding Bevan in the second half and performed the task in splendid style.

The pacy Neates was Claremont’s best performer, playing on a wing, on the ball and on a half-forward flank. He finished a good day with five marks, 19 kicks and five effective handpasses. Foster also made a strong contribution with 15 kicks, seven effective handpasses and six inside 50s.

by Ken Casellas

Details:

Perth 19.10 (124) beat Claremont 9.5 (59).

Scorers---PERTH: M. Moody 4.0; B. Stack 2.2; J. Leeson, M. Leyendekkers 2.1; C. Collard 2.0; M. Boyle 1.1; J. Houghton, J. Irons, C. Manuel, D. O’Sullivan,  R. Richardson; G. Ugle 1.0; P. Bevan 0.2; 3pts forced. CLAREMONT: M. Davies, A. Hamp, J. Williams 2.0; A. Foster 1.2; M. Orzel, M. Seaby 1.0; D. Cameron 0.1; 2pts forced.

Best---PERTH: C. Manuel, M. Florio, B. Keast, D. White, G. Ugle, C. Collard, J. Morton, D. O’Sullivan, M. Moody. CLAREMONT: R. Neates, B. Franz, A. Foster, A. Holt, M. Davies.

Tigers Too Good For Demons - Reserves Round 1 Match Report

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 2:07 PM

Claremont's Reserves (Development) Side has started its season in fine style after defeating Perth by 22 points at a blustery Brownes Stadium.

In tricky conditions, Keegan Knott and Jack Richardson led the way with four and three goals respectively, as the Tigers made the most of their opportunities to prevail 14.7 (91) to 9.15 (69).

The Tigers got off to the perfect start when Sam Lamont set up Jayden Brooks who kicked the first goal of the game from a tight angle.

The Demons responded through Mark Deaves before goals to Shane McAdam and Luke Cameron gave the Tigers an early 13 point lead.

A brilliant roving effort saw Ben Daniher snap truly, and the Tigers were out to an 18 point lead.

The Demons steadied through Scott Moore as the Tigers led 4.2 (26) to 2.4 (16) at quarter time.

With coach Nigel Wilson imploring his players to keep up their intent and endeavour, the Tigers got the second term off to a flyer, with Knott kicking his first major of the game, before Richardson ran into an open goal to give the team a 23 point lead.

The Demons responded through Brock Bakker before Jackson Starcevich lit up the contest with a great pack mark and goal for the Tigers.

Barely moments later, Starcevich had his second after being well set up by Knott and the Tigers were out to a 26 point lead at the long break.

As he did in the second term, Knott gave the Tigers the perfect start by kicking his second goal, this time from deep in the pocket and suddenly the Tigers were out to a game-high 32 point lead.

The Demons reduced the margin to 20 points after goals to Ben Power and Sam Garstone, before Richardson’s second and Coleman Cristinelli’s first goal restored the Tigers 32 point lead midway through the third term.

Chris Billings was then reported for what looked to be a high bump on Claremont’s Brendon Lim, before the Demons kicked the next three goals, reducing the deficit to 14 points.

A fantastic effort, which saw Knott kick his third major after some fine roving work gave the Tigers some breathing space, before a goal after the three quarter time siren from Richardson saw the lead out to 26 points at the final break.

Wilson encouraged his players to run out the game, but Bakker’s second major saw the margin reduced to 19 points.

With fatigue setting in for both sides due to the warm conditions, another opportunist effort gave Knott his fourth goal of the game and was enough to see the Tigers home.

Claremont were well served by Mathew Aitchison (32 disposals), Richardson, Daniher, and Henry Roberts who all won plenty of the ball, while Lachlan Davey laid six tackles.

Wilson was pleased with the effort shown by his players.

“They’ve been very enthusiastic in pre-season,” Wilson said.

“Today’s game was just testament to what’s happened in pre-season.

“The intent and attitude were fantastic all day.”

Wilson was also pleased with the conversion from his players.

“We played a lot of good footy where we lowered our vision and we had quite a number of marks inside 50m, which is how we want to play,” Wilson said.

“From those marks we converted really well, and that’s because the positions we were actually taking the marks and kicking from was exactly what we spoke about before the game.”

Wilson was quick to point out the work done by his defenders in setting up those opportunities.

“I must say that the boys who played down back, the pressure they put on actually created a lot of those points as well,” Wilson said.

Wilson paid tribute to the crumbing performance of Knott, who starred with four goals.

“Keegan played that role absolutely superbly today,” Wilson said.

“We did speak to him at quarter time about getting into those positions a little bit more when he gets the opportunity and he played it to aplomb.

“His skill level and quirkiness today and some of the goals he kicked were absolutely sensational.

“He got himself into those spots and gave himself the best opportunity to score.”

An equal game-high six tackles from Davey also caught the coaches’ eye.

“Lachy’s had a really good pre-season and it was noticeable that his ability to impact the game and impact the ball with his spoiling was really good and when the ball hit the deck he was all over his opponent too, which is fantastic,” Wilson said.

“From a defensive point of view, all of the boys down back, the ball that came in, there was a spoil happening.

“The midfielders were in there, the boys were prepared to leave their man to go and help at ground level and every time you looked up and the ball hit the ground, we had three players tackling a Perth player, which was fantastic.”

Another bonus was that the team got through the match relatively unscathed.

“The only one that didn’t play out the game was Hugo Breakey,” Wilson said.

“He put on a great tackle, got crunched and we’re mindful of his shoulder reconstruction, but as it turns out, it was a knock on the hand.

“While it’s not good news that he couldn’t play out the game, it’s good news that it wasn’t his shoulder.”

The Tigers take on the Falcons at Arena Joondalup in round two.

CLAREMONT: 4.2 | 8.4 | 13.6 | 14.7 (91)

PERTH: 2.4 | 3.8 | 8.10 | 9.15 (69)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 4 K. Knott, 2 J. Starcevich, J. Richardson, 1 L. Cameron, J. Brooks, S. Mcadam, B. Daniher, J. Mcphee, C. Cristinelli

PERTH: 2 M. White, M. Deaves, B. Bakker, 1 S. Garstone, S. Moore, B. Power

BEST

CLAREMONT: K. Knott, M. Aitchison, B. Daniher, J. Richardson, H. Roberts, C. Yeo

PERTH: H. Busher, J. Kalajzic, S. Lynch, B. Bakker, M. Morton

by Dan Scamozzi

Bentley Excels

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 6:13 PM

The silky skills on a wing displayed by teenager Max Bentley was one of the most enjoyable highlights of  Claremont’s practice match against Swan Districts at Bassendean Oval on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Bentley, who finished fourth in Claremont’s fairest-and-best award in the colts competition in 2013, is poised to make his mark in league football this year.

He has made a smooth transition from a half-back flanker and back-pocket player for much of last year to become a polished and influential performer in the midfield. He was switched from defence to a centre wing late last season when he produced a memorable third quarter of football in a round-22 colts match against Swans at Claremont Oval, kicking four of his side’s five goals in that term.

He did not have a shot at goal last Saturday, but was effective at the stoppages and in general play to set up many promising attacking moves. In contrast, Henry Roberts was dynamic on the other wing and he booted three goals in an impressive display.

The Tigers, trailing 0.2 to 3.0 midway through the opening term, gradually assumed control and recorded a solid 24-point victory, with the starting half-forward line of Shane McAdam, Luke Cameron and Alex Manuel performing in most encouraging fashion.

McAdam (three goals) is an exciting player with delightful skills and Cameron (two goals) is extremely astute, takes a strong mark and positions himself cleverly. Eighteen-year-old Manuel followed his wonderful performance against South Fremantle the previous Saturday with another sound display. He is cool, composed and confident, takes a strong mark and disposes of the ball deftly by hand and foot.

Bentley, Manuel and Cameron were involved in Claremont’s first goal, with Bentley passing to Manuel, who got the ball on to Cameron for a smart check-side kick at goal. Goals followed in quick succession from McAdam (after some good work from defender Ben Taylor and Roberts), Roberts (after a surging dash forward), Cameron and Roberts (again).

Defender Lachlan Davey looks set for a good season and midfielder Corey Yeo was prominent in a well-knit team in which every player had his moments.

by Ken Casellas

 

Details:

Claremont 13.8 (86) beat Swan Districts 9.8 (62).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: S. McAdam 3.1; H. Roberts 3.0; L. Cameron 2.1; T. Bowering, J. Law 1.1; C. Cristinelli, K. Knott, C. Yeo 1.0; A. Manuel, M. Trevenen 0.1; 2pts forced. SWAN DISTRICTS: A. Jetta 3.0; R. Riddoch, G. Taylor 2.1; S. Kane, D. Wallen 1.0; M. Bennell, K. Bywaters, D. McKay, R. van Vugt 0.1; 2pts forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: M. Bentley, H. Roberts, S. McAdam, C. Yeo, L. Davey, B.Taylor.