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Michael Broadbridge To Take Charge

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 7:30 PM

After an extensive search the Claremont Football Club has named Michael Broadbridge as the new head coach after the coaching committee’s recommendation of Broadbridge was fully endorsed at a board meeting today.

“We believe Michael has all the qualities we were looking for in a coach, and he’s the right man to lead us into the future” said Claremont Football Operations Manager Dean Horsington.

“Michael has great WAFL and AFL experience that will be highly beneficial to our current playing list, and help them develop into better footballers”.


Broadbridge’s Coaching History

2007-2010            Manager On-Field Development – West Coast Eagles Football Club

2004 – 2006        Assistant Coach – Fremantle Football Club

1999-2004            Senior Assistant and Assistant Coach – Collingwood Football Club

1995 – 1999         WA State U/18 Coach

Other roles included

·         2007- 2009: Coach Mentor Christ Church Grammar School (Part-Time),

·         2010- 2013: Director of Football - Aquinas College (Part-time),

·         2010-2013: WAFC Coaching Ambassador, Coach Mentor and Assistant Coach at Perth Football Club (Part-time)


Playing History

·         144 WAFL Games with East Fremantle and Swan Districts

·         1 State Game WA v SA


Playing Achievements

·         Vice-Captain East Fremantle Football Club 1989-90

·         Captain Swan Districts Football Club 1992-94

·         All-Australian Teal Cup 1985 (first WA victory)


“We are pleased to secure a quality coach of the calibre of Michael and we will now move into an in-depth planning stage leading into our first training session on the 25th November” added Horsington.

Moloney, Captain Of The Club's Greatest Team

Friday, November 1, 2013 - 3:07 PM

Four Sandover medallists, one Brownlow medallist, one Tassie medallist and seven Simpson medallists have been chosen in the Claremont Football Club’s Greatest Ever Team announced at the Last Drinks Function at Claremont Oval.

All 22 footballers chosen in the star-studded line-up represented Western Australia with distinction and between them these players have won the club’s fairest-and-best award 36 times. They also won a further 13 fairest-and-best awards with other clubs.

The late George Moloney, winner of the 1936 Sandover Medal, runner-up in the 1932 Brownlow Medal and leader of Claremont’s first three WAFL premiership sides in 1938, 1939 and 1940, was named captain of the side. Gerard Neesham, who guided the Tigers to premierships in 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1993, was chosen as coach.

Moloney was named in the centre in the Greatest Ever Team after the selection panel of Ken Casellas, John O’Connell, Todd Shimmon and Ken Venables deliberated long and hard to first pick a squad of 50 before choosing the final side. Moloney was a brilliant centreman who also shone at full-forward and ended his 190-game career with the Tigers with a remarkable tally of 555 goals.

The criteria for selection stated that players had to be chosen in normal positions. Included in the criteria was that to be eligible for consideration a player must have represented Claremont in a minimum of 50 league matches, not including pre-season, mid-season or post-season competitions.

It was virtually Mission Impossible to pick the side, in which the panel had to assess the merits of all players from different eras in the club’s 88-year history. Among a host of players worthy of selection who failed to make the side were Sandover medallists Keith Hough, Sonny Maffina, John Parkinson, Michael Mitchell, Jaxon Crabb, Anthony Jones and Kane Mitchell.

Sandover medallists in the side are Sammy Clarke, Moloney, Steve Malaxos and Luke Blackwell. Champion ruckman Graham Moss won the 1976 Brownlow Medal, as a member of the Essendon side. He also won the 1977 Simpson Medal as WA’s best player against South Australia and he won the Claremont fairest-and-best award four times.

Denis Marshall, runner-up in the 1962 Sandover Medal and runner-up in the 1968 Brownlow Medal, is the only other man to have won Claremont’s fairest-and-best award four times. A superb player, who excelled both in the centre and at half-back, was chosen on a half-back flank alongside centre-half-back Sammy Clarke, winner of the Sandover Medal in 1933 and 1934. The mercurial Ken Hunter was named on the other flank.

The powerful Ken Caporn, who retired in 1958 as the club’s games record holder with 273 league appearances, was picked at full-back, with Guy McKenna and Dale Kickett in the pockets.

Darrell Panizza went on to break Caporn’s record before retiring with 274 matches to his credit. He was a speedy wingman who developed into a wonderful centre-half-back. He was named on a wing in the Greatest Ever Team, with Ben Allan, a triple Simpson medallist and a Hawthorn premiership player and fairest-and-best winner in 1991, on the other wing.

Wayne Harvey, who booted five goals in Claremont’s magnificent 1964 grand final victory over East Fremantle and ended his 217-match career with 389 goals, was picked at centre-half-forward, with left-footer Lorne Cook on one flank and the dynamic Chris Lewis on the other.

The fast-leading, high-marking Warren Ralph, a triple premiership player who booted 564 goals in his 123 matches with the Tigers, is at full-forward, with the magnificent Les McClements in one pocket and sharpshooter Steve Malaxos in the other.

McClements, a superb ruckman and twice second in the Sandover Medal, won the Tassie Medal as the best player in the 1947 national carnival in Hobart. He won Claremont’s fairest-and-best award three times. Malaxos was a dual Claremont fairest-and-best winner who tied for the 1984 Sandover Medal with Michael Mitchell and Peter Spencer before playing for Hawthorn, West Coast Eagles and East Fremantle. He kicked 308 goals for the Tigers and was West Coast’s fairest-and-best player in 1987 before winning the award three times with the Sharks.

Moss was the automatic selection to lead the ruck in the Greatest Ever Team. The ruck-rover is the tall, athletic John McIntosh, who also was an outstanding centre-half-forward. McIntosh, a dual Claremont fairest-and-best winner, finished third in the 1965 Sandover Medal and was runner-up in the 1971 Brownlow Medal when playing for St Kilda.

Jim Krakouer, blessed with dazzling speed and amazing skill, was picked as No. 1 rover. He was the club’s fairest-and-best winner and a premiership player in 1981 before starring in a 134-game career with North Melbourne.

Versatile players Les Mumme, Kevin Clune, Peter Thorne and Luke Blackwell were chosen on the interchange bench. All are multiple Claremont fairest-and-best winners and premiership players.

Mumme, a powerful rover, was captain of the drought-breaking 1964 premiership side which also included centreliner Clune, who delighted Tigers fans with his great tenacity and herculean efforts. Thorne was a highly-skilled midfielder who won two club fairest-and-best awards and two Simpson medals as well as being a premiership player in 1987 and 1989. Blackwell, a centreman and on-baller, finished third and then second before winning the Sandover Medal in 2011. He was awarded the Simpson Medal for his fine performance for WA against Victoria in 2010 and he has won the club’s fairest-and-best award three times.

McQueen To Coach The Colts

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 12:06 AM

Ross McQueen will achieve a long-held ambition to coach the Claremont Colts side when he takes over the preparation of the club’s colts squad for pre-season training next month.

He was appointed the coach of the colts this week to replace Ben Dyer, who has been recruited by North Melbourne as the club’s development manager.

The 44-year-old McQueen appeals as a perfect fit as the Tigers Colts Coach and mentor of the club’s teenagers as they seek to improve their skills and knowledge of the game in the quest to develop into league footballers.

He has had a lengthy and distinguished association with Claremont. After a playing career with the Subiaco Colts and Reserves, the Wembley Amateur Football Club and Mines Rovers in Kalgoorlie, McQueen’s first association with the Tigers was in 2003 when he was a runner for Simon McPhee’s Reserves side.

He was an assistant coach to McPhee for the Tigers colts in 2007 and 2008 and a League Assistant to McPhee in 2009. And for the past four years he has been the coach of the club’s Reserves squad and led the side to a hat-trick of premierships --- in 2010-11-12.

Claremont ended the 2013 season without coaches in place for the club’s League and Colts side for 2014. The appointment of McQueen for the Colts position now leaves a vacancy for the coach of the Reserves side.

Dean Horsington, Claremont’s Football Operations Manager, is busily going through all the procedures to find the best men available for the vacant coaching positions. The League position became vacant when 2012 Premiership Coach Marc Webb was appointed as a Development Coach by the Fremantle Dockers.

Horsington is confident that the club will be able to fill the League and Reserves coaching positions within the next couple of weeks.

Dyer, who was at the helm when Claremont beat South Fremantle in the grand final at Subiaco Oval last month to win the Colts premiership, will be sadly missed. He goes to the Kangaroos with the best wishes of the club. The Tigers also wish Webb all the best in his move to the Dockers.

As usual, several young hopefuls from Claremont’s country zones of the Kimberley and Great Southern are planning to move to the city to take part in pre-season training programs and the Tigers are anxious to hear from anyone who is willing and able to provide board and lodging for some of these youngsters.
By Ken Casellas

Claremont Football Club "Legends Match"

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 5:36 PM

A celebrity game of AFL 9s will headline activities at Claremont Oval for this Saturday's "Calling Last Drinks" Event, with teams featuring Premier Colin Barnett, Sport Minister Terry Waldron, Brownlow Medalist Graham Moss, CFC Games Record Holder Darrell Panizza and a host of other club legends playing at 3.45pm.

Players competing in the modified 9-a-side game will include:

  1. Colin Barnett
  2. Terry Waldron
  3. Graham Moss
  4. Darrell Panizza
  5. Tony Evans
  6. Tony Beers
  7. Dale Kickett
  8. Peter Higgins
  9. Don Pyke
  10. Grant Povey
  11. Brian Beresford
  12. Michael Cousens
  13. Brad Wira
  14. Jaxon Crabb
  15. David Crawford
  16. Quentin Leach
  17. Robbie Swift
  18. Anthony Jones
  19. Dale Ballantyne
  20. Troy Carlon
  21. Darren Kowal
  22. Michael O’Connell
  23. Tony Begovich

For more information on AFL 9s visit

The "Calling Last Drinks" Event, which will start at 2.15pm on Sat 26th Oct, will be a chance for Claremont Fans to farewell the facility that the Tigers have called home for 88 years.

Claremont CEO Todd Shimmon said it will be the last event for members and supporters ever held at the current Claremont Football Cub before construction commences on the new facility.

“It will be a great chance to reminisce on social occasions that happened in this facility over the last 88 years. We have also decided to produce a “Best Team Ever” of Claremont Footballers since our inception in 1926 to the WAFL,” he said.

The selection committee of Ken Casellas, John O’Connell, Todd Shimmon, and Ken Venables have set selection criteria for the “Best Team Ever” and are also inviting members of the public to vote for their team from a shortlist of 50 at

WA Premier Colin Barnett To Relive Football Glories

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 1:57 PM

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett will swap political footballs for real ones next weekend, when he relives former glories to take part in a legends game for his beloved Claremont Tigers.

Mr Barnett enjoyed a decorated football career with the WAFL club in his teens and early 20s before turning to economics and then politics.

The 63-year-old Premier has promised to pull on the boots for at least 15 minutes at Claremont Oval, alongside WA football greats including Don Pyke, who has recently been appointed as an assistant coach for the West Coast Eagles.

Terry Waldron, Minister for Sport and Recreation will also be pulling on the boots to take part in what should be an action packed and entertaining legends match.

The match will take place as a part of the Claremont Football Club's "Calling Last Drinks" event to be held on Saturday 26th Oct. The event will celebrate the end of an era at Tigerland as the club will relocate to the Claremont Showgrounds while the current facilities are redeveloped into a state of the art WAFL venue.

The event begins at 2.15pm with the Legends Match bouncedown taking place at 3.45pm. There will be a host of other activities taking place throughout the day including History Walks, Kids Activities, Meeting of Past and Present Club Legends and the much anticipated announcement of the CFC "Best Team Ever".

$5 entry fee for Adults while the kids are welcome for free.

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The Premier spoke on 96fm recently about then match. CLICK HERE to listen.

Claremont Football Club App

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 3:56 PM

The Claremont Football Club now have it's own smart phone App.

Keep up to date with all the latest CFC Club News, Fixtures, Results, Club Events and Team Details. Join the discussion with other Tiger Fans in our Tiger Talk Forums, see all the latest Facebook and Twitter Feeds and much much more.

All conveniently on your smart phone for you to see anytime, anywhere. And did we mention that it's FREE!

Install the Claremont Football Club App on your smart phone and don't miss a beat.

Follow these steps:

1. Download Team App from the Apple or Google Play App store.

2. Sign Up to Team App. You will be sent an email to confirm your registration.

3. Log into the App and search for The Claremont Football Club.

4. Choose the Supporter access group.

CLICK HERE to view an installation flyer.


Pyke Rejoins West Coast

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 3:25 PM

Dual Claremont Football Club and West Coast Eagles Premiership Player Don Pyke will join West Coast's new coaching department, led by Adam Simpson, in an assistant role, specialising in strategy, stoppages and structure.

Pyke played 63 games for the Tigers between the years of 1987 & 1996, kicked 90 goals, won the club's Fairest & Best Award in1988, played in Claremont's 1987 & 1996 Premiership Teams and Coached the Club during 1999 & 2000.

Pyke joined the West Coast Eagles in 1989 where he was a member of the WCE premiership teams in 1992 and 1994. Pyke played 132 games for the Eagles, sharing the 1993 Club Champion Award with Glen Jakovich, and being named in both West Coast’s Team of the Decade and Team 20.

After his retirement at the end of the 1996 season, Pyke held a number of roles with the West Coast Eagles, serving as a team runner for two seasons and, following a stint coaching the Claremont Football Club, returned as a director for four years, chairing the football affairs committee until 2004.

In 2005, Pyke served as an assistant coach at the Adelaide Crows under Neil Craig for two seasons, before returning to Western Australia in 2007 to pursue business interests within a private oil and gas company, Finder Exploration Pty Ltd.

In recent times, Pyke has assisted Claremont Football Club on a part-time basis, advising their coaching and leadership groups.

Pyke said the new coaching position was an exciting opportunity.

“After several years out of the AFL scene, I am really looking forward to working with Adam Simpson and the other coaches in maximising the output of the squad, which I think has real potential,” Pyke said.

“It is nice to be back working at the club I played for as we prepare for the challenge to rebound after a disappointing season.

“As far as I’m concerned, pre-season can’t come soon enough.”

Marc Webb Joins Fremantle Coaching Team

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:37 PM

Former Claremont coach Marc Webb is to join the Fremantle Dockers as a development coach.

The 34-year-old, who coached the Tigers to the 2012 WAFL premiership, will begin his duties at Fremantle on a full-time basis from 13 November.

Webb enjoyed a decorated playing career at Subiaco, where he played in four premierships, including three as club captain between 2006 and 2008.

He joins former Fremantle player Simon Eastaugh as the recent additions to the club’s coaching team.

Statement from the Claremont Football Club:

The Claremont Football Club would like to thank Marc for his contribution over the past two years.

Marc is a WAFL premiership coach, and it is no surprise he has now been given an opportunity at AFL level.

We believe he will be an asset to the Fremantle Football Club and we wish him all the very best for the future.

Claremont Football Club Head Coaching Vacancy

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 6:19 PM

The Claremont Football Club is committed to maximizing the potential of every footballer by providing industry leading education and innovation. The CFC Football Program fosters an environment where every footballer can achieve their goals and perform at their best.


To be considered for these roles, you will need significant and successful experience developing players, along with outstanding communication and leadership skills.

Suitable applicants will possess;


People Management & Planning:

- Capacity to effectively manage talented athletes and staff

- Ability to lead and influence within a high performance environment

- Demonstrate structured and sequential planning within a dynamic football season.

- Display a good understanding of Indigenous culture


Football Knowledge:

- Understanding of talented athlete identification, development theories and practice

- Strong knowledge of coaching techniques / strategies

- Sound understanding of skill development learning strategies

- Sound knowledge of WAFL Football / Talent Pathway / programs

- Commitment to ongoing personal development in the area of coach education.


Effective Communication:

- Highly developed and proven communication (written, verbal, visual), interpersonal skills.



- Level 2 coach accreditation (minimum)

- Significant and successful WAFL, WAAFL or comparative coaching experience


Applicants are required to submit a cover letter and coaching resume (maximum of 3 A4 pages) which addresses the position you are seeking and the key competencies outlined above. For more detail on the position the job description will be provided on request.

Applications are to be submitted no later than Wednesday 23rd October, 5.00pm to

Murphy Is The Best

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Inspirational midfielder Jake Murphy has been rewarded for his outstanding season by winning the E. B. Cook Medal as Claremont’s fairest-and-best player for 2013.

The nuggetty, hard-working left-footer made light of a nagging foot injury for much of the season and did not miss a match. He received 358 votes to win the trophy by just five votes from dominant ruckman Mark Seaby, with brilliant forward Ian Richardson (300 votes) in third place and first-year utility player Sam Fong (292) fourth.

This capped a wonderful season for the 23-year-old Murphy, co vice-captain of the Tigers side. He also was voted The West Australian newspaper’s WAFL Footballer of the Year and received a $5000 cash award and was the winner of the $1500 Osborne Park Volkswagen WAFL Player of the Year. He finished third behind East Fremantle midfielder Rory O’Brien and East Perth ruckman Paul Johnson in the Sandover Medal.   

In a memorable season, Murphy also was a member of the West Australian side which defeated Victoria in Northam in May. A fearless, hard-running and strong-tackling midfielder, Murphy added a new dimension to his game this year when he kicked 17 goals --- after scoring only 15 goals in his 60 league appearances in previous seasons.

Murphy, a former Scotch College student, graduated from Claremont’s development squads and was a member of the WA 16s and 18s academy squads. He played a couple of game for the Claremont colts in 2007 and was colts co-captain the following year when he finished third in the fairest-and-best award. Late in 2008 he graduated to the reserves side and made his league debut at 18 in the final qualifying-round match of the season when the Tigers beat South Fremantle by 11 points at Fremantle Oval.

This year Murphy was co vice-captain with Luke Blackwell in the league side and each proved to be outstanding deputies to captain Andrew Browne.

Murphy has made 82 league appearances in the WAFL competition and has also represented Claremont in nine Foxtel Cup contests.

Claremont finished on top of the league competition this year, losing only three of their 20 qualifying-round matches before being beaten by West Perth in the second semi-final and by East Perth in the preliminary final. Several stalwarts will be unavailable in 2014, with star forwards Chad Jones and Paul Medhurst retiring and Richardson, full-back James Thomson and ruckman Mitch Andrews planning to be overseas for all of next year.

Richardson, Jones and Medhurst kicked 123 goals this season after scoring 139 between them in 2012. They will leave a massive gap in the side’s attack.

Key defender Richard Cronin received the award as Claremont’s fairest-and-best player in the reserves side. He received 268 votes and finished ahead of Jack Richardson (251), Sam Lamont (232) and Ben Taylor (229).

The award for the fairest-and-best player in the colts side was won by midfielder Jared Hardisty, who received 362 votes and finished ahead of Harry Court (321), Joel Fiegert (298) and Max Bentley (291).

By Ken Casellas