Tigers Take Top Spot | Colts Round 4 Match Report

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 11:41 PM

A new-look Claremont side, with ten absent on under-18 duty and two on the injured list, moulded into a formidable combination and scored a most satisfying 20-point victory over East Fremantle (also without several star players) at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday morning.

The victory shot the Tigers into top spot on the premiership table, displacing South Fremantle, who suffered a surprise 30-point defeat at the hands of Swan Districts at Bassendean Oval.

Claremont (a percentage of 177.46), Swans (161.49), South Fremantle (149.13) and Subiaco (114.57) all have 12 points and comprise the top four.

The Tigers failed to capitalise on their early dominance, ending the first quarter with only 2.2 on the scoreboard to East Fremantle’s 1.1 after having a massive advantage at the stoppages and with entries into the attacking 50m zone. The lop-sided statistical figures revealed that Claremont gained 17 clearances from stoppages to four by the Sharks and penetrated their 50m zone 13 times to four.

Claremont led throughout against a stubborn opponent and never really seemed in danger of defeat. In the end Claremont had gained 51 clearances and East Fremantle 23, but the Sharks led the inside 50 count, 35-34.

The Tigers were first into stride, with 17-year-olds Bailey Rogers and Logan Stubber outstanding. Rogers was a driving force in the midfield and Stubber, switched from his normal spot in defence to a wing, began like a man possessed. Sam Humphry was also shining as he frequently sent his side into attack with a series of clearances.

A clever handpass from key forward Jacob Delaporte to Tom Gajewski, lurking in the goalsquare, gave the Tigers the opening major after three minutes. Stubber was everywhere and he earned plaudits for a wonderful spoil on East Fremantle’s Daniel Patat.

It took Claremont until the 14-minute mark before the second goal was scored after Bailey gained possession in the left pocket and unselfishly sent off a short pass back to Jack Prendiville at half-forward. The only other goal for the term came three minutes later when East Fremantle’s Michael Sewell kicked truly after taking a strong contested mark.

It took eight minutes for the first goal in the second quarter. It came off the boot of Harry McCracken after some good work along the left flank from Humphry and Delaporte. Patat replied for the Sharks and then McCracken got another following some fine play from the slender and speedy Russell Wynne, who was showing plenty of promise in his debut in colts company.

Goals to Carl Green (from a free-kick) and Callum Ellis (after a mark) enabled the home side to draw within a point of the Tigers. These stung Claremont back into action and valuable goals were added in the final four minutes.

The first was a clever shot from Matthew Ledger, capitalising on the efforts of Gajewski and Delaporte. A minute later ledger was to the fore again, this time applying a splendid tackle on Jamie Meade. Then in the dying moments Gajewski and ruckman Will McSweeney worked the ball forward where Jake Jones handpassed to Jack Beeck, who scrambled through a goal as the siren sounded.

The Tigers got the second half away to a flyer with Beeck and McCracken working strongly to get the ball forward where Wynne snapped truly from close range with just 30 seconds on the clock. Stubber was still supreme on his wing and his spoil on Jacob Gittos was a beauty.

But Gittos came to the fore with East Fremantle’s fifth goal a few minutes later. After a forced point to add to the Claremont total, Rogers chipped in to mark the kick-in and his goal helped to deflate the East Fremantle effort. Another clearance from a stoppage by Humphry enabled Matt Cairns (who had been switched from full-back to the forward line) to boot a goal from close range.

Soon after that a Rogers pass found the leading Cairns, but only a point resulted. Matt Guelfi then speared a wonderful pass to McCracken for another behind. This stretched Claremont’s lead to four goals. But the Sharks kept within striking distance when they scored a goal (to Corey Holmes) with the final kick of the quarter.

Holmes repeated the dose by soccering a goal in the opening minute of the final term to reduce Claremont’s lead to 13 points. Claremont hit back with a goal to Gajewski, who made the most of some splendid play from Adam Volaric and Rogers.

Claremont kept attack and McCracken got the ball to Prendiville, who passed accurately to Ledger, almost 50m out at right half-forward. The diminutive ledge wound up and his wonderful long shot sailed through for a goal, thanks to a wonderful piece of shepherding on the line from Cairns.

The result was a foregone conclusion at the 11-minute mark when captain Harry Wilkinson, still working strongly, handpassed to Cam Smith for a fine 50m major.

Even though the Tigers continued to dominate at the stoppages, the Sharks managed to score the final three goals of the contest.

by Ken Casellas

Details:

Claremont 12.12 (84) beat East Fremantle 9.10m (64).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: H. McCracken 2.3; T. Gajewski, M. Ledger 2.0; R. Wynne 1.2; Cairns, J. Prendiville, B. Rogers 1.1; J. Beeck, C. Smith 1.0; J. Delaporte, W. McSweeney, L. Stubber 0.1; 1pt forced. EAST FREMANTLE: C. Holmes 2.3; C. Green 2.0; D. Patat, M. Sewell 1.2; C. Ellis 1.1; J. Gittos, F. Perry 1.0; J. Drennan 0.2.

Best---CLAREMONT: B. Rogers, S. Humphry, L. Stubber, W. McSweeney, J. Prendiville, J. Beeck, J. Delaporte, R. Simons, H. Wilkinson. EAST FREMANTLE: J. Snadden, F. Perry, J. Drennan, B. Miniscale, K. Colvin, C. Holmes, M. Sewell.

Tigers Too Good For Sharks | Round 4 Reserves Match Report

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 8:25 PM

Claremont have responded from their round three mauling by the Lions to defeat the Sharks by 18 points at East Fremantle Oval.

The Tigers overcame some early inaccuracy to prevail 14.15 (99) to 12.9 (81) and in the process improve their record to three wins and one loss heading into next week’s bye.

The Tigers got off to a flying start when Mathew Aitchison set up Ben Higgs for the opening goal of the game.

Inaccuracy then cost the Tigers as they piled on 8 behinds from 15 inside 50 metre entries.

On the other hand the Sharks were unbelievably effective, scoring four goals from nine entries on their way to a 12 point lead at quarter time.

The second term started brightly for the Tigers when Keegan Knott was in the right spot at the right time to kick his first goal and get the team to within five points.

A quick reply from the Sharks saw the margin pushed back out to 11 points, before some more brilliant play by Knott set up Bernard Sneeuwjagt who was on the receiving end of a 50m penalty to kick the team’s third goal.

An opportunist goal from Jordan Aitken was to follow, and when Mitch Andrews kicked his first of the afternoon the Tigers were back in front.

A second goal to Aitken was to follow after some terrific lead up play by Knott, before the Sharks steadied through Michael Edwards.

Shane Mcadam’s first goal of the afternoon saw the margin pushed back out to 14 points, only for the Sharks to reply once again.

However, the Tigers would have the final say of the half, as a Matthew Goyder goal saw the 14 point lead restored at the long break.

The Sharks got the start to the third term they were looking for when Tom Bowey kicked his first major, only for the Tigers to hit back with goals to Henry Roberts, Mcadam (second) and Josh Tilley, pushing the lead out to a game-high 27 points.

A second goal to Higgs saw the Tigers lead by 32 points at the last change.

When Knott set up Alex Manuel in the opening minutes of the final term for his first goal the Tigers were out to a commanding 38 point lead.

The same two players then combined for Manuel’s second after a Dylan Coulthard reply for the Sharks.

With the Tigers tiring in the warm conditions, three late goals to the home side proved mere consolation, with Claremont notching up their third win for the season.

The Tigers were superbly led by Aitchison (28 disposals, four tackles, eight I50’s), Sam Fong (23 disposals) and Andrews (15 disposals, 24 hit outs, one goal).

Coleman Cristinelli found plenty of the ball despite kicking four behinds, while Aitken set the tone in the second term kicking two of the team’s seven goals.

Coach Nigel Wilson was delighted with the response following last week’s loss.

“It was a great effort today to bounce back from last week’s disappointing performance,” Wilson said.

“We did tweak a few things structurally with our game style and ball movement.

“The boys probably didn’t quite get it in the first quarter, but to their credit the second quarter was fantastic.”

Further pleasing Wilson was the fact that the team had 10 goal kickers and 16 players who had 10 or more disposals.

“Nine times out of ten you win a game of footy like that when you can balance it amongst the players,” Wilson said.

“I was really happy with the boys.”

The Tigers have a bye in round five before taking on Peel Thunder at the Showgrounds in round six.

by Dan Scamozzi

CLAREMONT 1.8 8.10 12.14 14.15 (99)

EAST FREMANTLE 4.2 7.3 8.6 12.9 (81)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 2 J. AITKEN, B. HIGGS, A. MANUEL, S. MCADAM, 1 B. SNEEUWJAGT, M. ANDREWS, K. KNOTT, M. GOYDER, H. ROBERTS, J. TILLEY

EAST FREMANTLE: 3 D. ANTHONY, 1 J. SCHOFIELD, A. STOKES, J. DEPANE, M. EDWARDS, D.COULTHARD, J. GREEN, T. BOWEY, L. CRONAN, A. RICCIARDELLO

BEST

CLAREMONT: S. MCADAM, M. ANDREWS, M. AITCHISON, A. HAYES, J. AITKEN, S. FONG

EAST FREMANTLE: J. SOLOMON, J. SCHOFIELD, M. EDWARDS, T. BRISTOW, J. CUNEO, D. ANTHONY

Another Drubbing | Round 4 League Match Report

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 8:20 PM

Five minutes into the second quarter of the match at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday Luke Blackwell passed to Andrew Foster for Claremont’s sixth goal.

This should have galvanised the Tigers, who led East Fremantle 6.2 to 6.1 and had their supporters looking for redemption after the horrible 80-point drubbing at the hands of Subiaco a week earlier.

But it had the opposite effect. The Sharks flexed their not inconsiderable muscle and wrenched control from a hapless opponent. The wheels simply fell off for Claremont, who managed just three behinds (one of them forced) in the next 44 minutes of play, during which time East Fremantle piled on 7.5 to seal the issue and set up the platform for a runaway 75-point annihilation of Claremont.

Finally, the drought was broken when Blackwell pounced on the ball at a bounce down at half-forward and snapped a goal 18 minutes into the third term. But that did little to enliven the Tigers. It took them another 23 minutes to get their eighth goal.

East Fremantle raced away to record a most impressive victory, 21.11 (137) to 9.8 (62). The Sharks, who had a bye the previous weekend, showed tremendous character to bounce back after a 56-point thumping at the hands of Subiaco in round two in Geraldton.

There was little to enthuse over Claremont’s mediocre display on Saturday, a humiliating defeat which left the side languishing in seventh position on the premiership table with a solitary win from four matches and a feeble percentage of 53.67.

The Tigers will have a bye next weekend and Tigers fans will be looking for a rejuvenated outfit to take up the challenge the following Saturday when the side will be bolstered by the return from injury of captain Jake Murphy and co-vice-captain Trinity Handley for the match at the Claremont Showgrounds against the lowly Peel Thunder who have yet to chalk up a win in 2014.

The match against Peel will be followed by a round-seven contest against South Fremantle, a side which also has failed to notch a win this season. So, all is not lost for the Tigers. Now is the time for all players to stand up and be counted.

Sad news from Saturday’s match is that the versatile John Williams will be out of action for two months as he recovers from a knee injury.

The side welcomed back robust defender Jordan McAllister, who is back at the club after playing for Wongan-Ballidu in the Mortlock League in the past two years. His only previous league appearance was in a winning round-16 match against East Fremantle in July 2010.

McAllister took up station at centre-half-back on Saturday and among positional changes were Anton Hamp and Tom Taylor to the wings and defenders Keifer Yu and Tom Willett to the forward lines. The side also was bolstered by the return of hard-working midfielder Ben Daniher.

And it was Yu who opened the scoring with a goal in the opening seconds, and this was followed by a major from the right pocket from East Fremantle teenager Richard Bourne with his first kick in league ranks. He finished his debut match with four goals.

The Tigers bounced back soon after that when Darcy Cameron marked an East Fremantle clearing kick, played on and booted the goal to the goalsquare where Mark Seaby soccered it through.

The Sharks booted the next four goals before Claremont replied with the next two, a snap from Jack Richardson after he had gained possession at a boundary throw-in in the right pocket, and a shot from point-blank range from Matt Davies after he had received a free-kick for an infringement at a stoppage, followed by a 50m penalty.

Then a goal to Dalziell (his third for the quarter) at the 31-minute mark gave the home side an 11-point lead at the first change after they had taken 40 marks to eight and had 75 kicks to Claremont’s 39.

Blackwell was everywhere in the early stages of the second term which started with the Tigers full of zip and zing. A handpass from Ryan Neates to Seaby saw the big left-footer popping a clever lobbed pass to Richardson for his second goal. Then 95 seconds later an unerring Blackwell pass to Foster for a goal gave Claremont a one-point lead and a realistic prospect of going on to record a victory.

But that was not to be. This really was the end of the road for the Tigers on a hot autumn afternoon. The Tigers fell away badly and the Sharks ran harder and longer and used the central corridor with telling effect. The home side players were faster, more skilful and efficient and from the five-minute mark of the second term East Fremantle added 15.10 while restricting Claremont to 3.6.

East Fremantle’s Jack Perham struck a purple patch in the second quarter with three goals in the space of 11 minutes and the home side went into the half-time break with a comfortable 32-point advantage.

This lead was stretched to 43 points after goals early in the third quarter to Robert Young and Jamie McNamara. Claremont’s solitary goal for the quarter was a snap from Blackwell and, again, it was all one-way traffic in the final term with East Fremantle adding six goals to Claremont’s two.   

Seaby was working hard in a bid to lift the Tigers in the final term and he marked a pass from Daniher on the left (scoreboard) flank. He received a 50m penalty, but his shot5 from about 30m hit a goalpost to register a behind. Moments later Seaby made amends, taking a mark and kicking truly.

Turnovers continued to hurt Claremont, whose final goal came at the 22-minute mark when Seaby booted his third after capitalising on a good move down the left flank involving Blackwell, Brandon Franz and Jack Bradshaw.

There was a big gulf between the sides and the difference is illustrated in a study of the statistics which reveal that East Fremantle’s players took 107 marks to Claremont’s 83, had 245 kicks to 196 and made 155 handpasses to 102. The Sharks also gained 46 clearances from stoppages to Claremont’s 38 and penetrated their 50m attacking zone 60 times to 40.

Blackwell worked tirelessly to lift the troops and he finished with five marks, 17 kicks and 11 effective handpasses. He also gained five clearances, laid four tackles, took the ball inside the 50m arc four times and rebounded it out of the defensive 50m four times.

by Ken Casellas

Details:

East Fremantle 21.11 (137) beat Claremont 9.8 (62)

Scorers---EAST FREMANTLE: B. Dalziell 4.2; R. Bourne 4.0; J. Perham 3.1; S. Henson 2.2; B. Peake 2.0; R. O’Brien, C. Eardley 1.1; J. Bristow, R. Lester-Smith, J. McNamara, R. Young 1.0; S. Hancock, B. O’Brien, B. Williamson 0.1; 1pt forced. CLAREMONTL: M. Seaby 3.1; J. Richardson 2.0; L. Blackwell, M. Davies, A. Foster, K. Yu 1.0; B. Abbott, J. Bradshaw, C. Yeo 0.1; 4pts forced.

Best---EAST FREMANTLE: B. Dalziell, S. Hancock, S. Henson, B. Peake, J. McNamara, B. O’Brien, R. Bourne, R. O’Brien, S. Read, A. Tropiano, T. Howlett. CLAREMONT: L. Blackwell, R. Neates, A. Foster, D. Cameron, M. Orzel, A. Hamp, M. Seaby, B. Daniher, J. Richardson, T. Taylor.

Round 4 Preview Claremont vs. East Fremantle

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 3:22 PM

Claremont will be looking to rebound from its disappointing performance against Subiaco when they take on the Sharks at East Fremantle Oval this Saturday.

For the second time this season the Tigers were completely outplayed, and will need a similar response to the one shown against West Perth in round two.

The Sharks are coming off a bye in round three, and will be no pushovers at their home ground as both teams chase their second wins for the season.

The main challenge for the Tigers is finding consistency on a weekly basis.

They will also be hoping to start the match in better fashion, having kicked a combined total of six goals in first quarters this season.

Captain Jake Murphy will miss the match after injuring a knee in the loss to Subiaco, while vice-captain Trinity Handley will miss a third straight game since injuring a hamstring against Perth in round one.

Luke Cameron could be set for his League debut and Jordan McCallister could play his second game after both were included in an extended squad.

Mathew Aitchison, Ben Daniher, Sam Fong, and Kiefer Yu are the other inclusions, while Steven Edwards and Henry Roberts have made way from the team who lost to the Lions.

The game could be a low-scoring contest, with the Tigers averaging 59.6 points a game in 2014, compared to the Sharks 62.5.

Brandon Franz will more than likely be given the job of marking the dangerous Ryan Lester-Smith after a fantastic game against Subiaco.

The Tigers will be looking to get more from their forwards, although Jack Richardson and Jack Bradshaw did combine to kick four goals against the Lions.

The battle of the midfield shapes as a beauty, with, Luke Blackwell, Matt Orzel, Sam Fong and Ryan Neates coming up against the likes of Rory O’Brien, Brad Dalziell, Jamie McNamara, and Scott Hancock.

The teams met three times last season with the Tigers claiming two wins, while the Sharks won the only contest at Shark Park.

The Tigers would dearly love to square their record at two wins and two losses ahead of a bye in round five.

Bounce down is at 2.05pm.

by Dan Scamozzi

A Lesson Learnt | Round 3 Colts Match Report

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 4:57 PM

How does a team which has more kicks, marks, handpasses, tackles, clearances and inside 50s lose a game of football?

The answer is simple: the players lose their focus and concentration and, in the case of Claremont versus Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday, they fail to implement the simple tactic of slowing the game down by resorting to tempo football by retaining possession and chipping the ball around, thereby frustrating the opposition.

Claremont appeared certain of victory in a low-scoring contest when they led by 24 points, 9.12 to 6.6, at the 12-minute mark of the final quarter. But in the space of 11 minutes Subiaco added 5.2 and held Claremont scoreless as they inflicted a demoralising seven-point defeat on the unbeaten competition leaders.

The Lions displayed a never-say-die attitude and triumphed despite finishing well behind the Tigers on the statistical charts.

Claremont’s players took 100 marks to Subiaco’s 48, they had 209 kicks to 174, made 108 handpasses to 83, laid 39 tackles to 17, gained 34 clearances at stoppages to 30 and penetrated their 50m attacking zone 46 times to 32.

So, who says statistics never lie?

Perhaps the defeat will prove a long-term benefit to the Tigers. It should be a salutary lesson and all players will now realise the need to revert to tempo football when the situation demands it. Nothing frustrates the opposition more than having a side taking its time and short-passing the ball sideways and backwards.

Claremont went into the match without Ryan Lim and Sam Bevan (away on AIS duty), Jared Hardisty (inflamed arm), Harry Court (foot injury) and Scott Trickey (fractured finger) and this provided the opportunity for Matthew Ledger, Nick Barrow, Adam Volaric, Aden Wilkins and Jacob Delaporte to make their first appearance in colts ranks.

Volaric, playing in a forward pocket, was under notice early with some excellent work in the opening term and the other newcomers also showed good promise, particularly half-back flanker Wilkins, who finished with eight marks, 13 kicks and six effective handpasses.

The defences were on top early before the Tigers went into the quarter-time break with a one-point lead, 2.2 to 2.1. Talented half-forward flanker Isaac Baum booted both Claremont’s goals, the first coming after four and a half minutes when he marked a Subiaco clearing kick, and the second at the 21-minute mark after he had marked a 60m kick into attack from half-back flanker Josh Barty.

Claremont had received great drive from midfielders Alec Waterman, Bailey Rogers, Harry Wilkinson and Sam Humphry. This quartet continued in excellent form, with the dynamic left-footer Waterman emerging clearly as best on ground with his powerful, determined efforts which netted him six marks, 14 kicks and 13 effective handpasses. He gained five clearances from stoppages (a tally equalled by Rogers and bettered only by the total of eight recorded by Wilkinson).  

The Tigers were smartest into stride in the second term with two goals in the first six minutes, the first coming from Delaporte after he had received a long handpass from Lawrence Evans after a move initiated by defender Greg Colbung.

Centre-half-back Francis Watson earned plaudits for a typical flamboyant high-flying mark and soon after that Baum flew high to pull down a splendid mark. He then booted his third major.

The Maroons replied with goals to Connor Wilkinson and Jeremy Woodley before Rogers hit back with Claremont’s fifth goal. It was a see-sawing contest and Subiaco scored their fifth goal from the boot of Cody Grace. The game was up for grabs with Subiaco leading at half-time, 5.4 to 5.3.

A mark to full-forward Matt Palfrey at the start of the third term resulted in a behind before the Tigers got their sixth and seventh goals in quick succession from Harry McCracken and Baum.

McCracken booted his goal from long range after some good work from Wilkins and Harry Taylor. Then 80 seconds later Humphry fired out a handpass to Palfrey, who booted the ball long to the top of the goalsquare where Baum received a free-kick and booted his fourth.

Claremont were unable to gain a significant lead and the Lions replied within a minute with a goal to Jeremy Woodley. Claremont then led, 7.4 to 6.4, six minutes into the quarter. Neither side scored a goal in the final 19 minutes, during which time the Tigers frittered away many chances and added five behinds to Subiaco’s single behind.

The Tigers assumed control in the early stages of the final term. Wilkinson passed to Baum, whose kick was marked in the right pocket by Palfrey for Claremont’s eighth goal. Five minutes later a long shot from Humphry arrived in the goalsquare where the mercurial Palfrey soared to take a fine mark. His goal gave the Tigers a handy 24-point lead.

But then it was Subiaco’s turn. Some sloppy play resulted in Subiaco’s Abraham Kennedy scoring two goals in quick succession. These were followed by goals to Ryan Vermeesch, Grace and Jak Cary to put the Lions in front.

Claremont worked desperately in the dying moments to fight back and finally Rogers got the ball to Palfrey, whose shot at goal was touched right on the line. But then the siren sounded with Subiaco seven points in front.

by Ken Casellas

Details:

 Subiaco 11.8 (74) beat Claremont 9.13 (67)

Scorers---SUBIACO: Jeremy Woodley 2.2; C. Grace, A. Kennedy, R. Vermeesch 2.0; J. Cary, C. Wilkinson, Justin Woodley 1.0; A. Summers 0.3; C. Bryan, J. Hatch 0.1; 1pt forced. CLAREMONT: I. Baum 4.1; M. Palfrey 2.3; J. Delaporte 1.1; H. McCracken, B. Rogers 1.0; L. Evans 0.3; A. Volaric 0.2; M. Ledger, J. Prendiville, L. Stubber 0.1.

Best---SUBIACO: G. Clark, C. Bryan, C. Buscall, A. Kennedy, A. Summers, J. Hatch, C. Wilkinson. CLAREMONT: A. Waterman, H. Wilkinson, H. Taylor, I. Baum, B. Rogers, A. Wilkins, F. Watson, G. Colbung, A. Volaric, J. Prendiville.

Franz Stands Tall On Dark Day | Round 3 League Match Report

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Claremont came crashing back to stark reality at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday when the side was pulverised by a vibrant Subiaco team which inflicted a demoralising 80-point defeat on the Tigers who were still preening themselves on their upset win over the 2013 premiers West Perth the previous weekend.

Standing tall among the wreckage was Brandon Franz, who gave an almost flawless exhibition at full-back.

The 28-year-old Franz, returning to the club this year after taking 2013 off to play for the Margaret River Hawks, was wonderfully resolute in a defence which was constantly under siege.

Subiaco went on a scoring spree and amassed a total of 18.22 while restricting Claremont to 6.14. Franz had the task of guarding Matthew Boland, and it was a job he performed with great merit. Boland managed just three kicks and his solitary scoring shot was a goal midway through the third quarter when he was matched against Tom Willett and held a strong contested mark.

Franz, cool and calculating, lean and lithe, was constantly under notice as he thwarted Subiaco, outmanoeuvring his opponent, taking telling marks and using spoiling tactics superbly.  He finished the contest with 13 spoils, a total rarely achieved by any individual. His performance was nonpareil.

The sad fact to emerge from the annihilation was that Subiaco took the field with a disciplined, slick and well-drilled combination which gave Claremont a football lesson. It was simply a case of the rampaging Lions mauling the tentative Tigers to take the mantle of Kings of the Jungle.

In contrast, Claremont were indecisive and paltry, hesitant and uncoordinated. Poor disposal by hand and foot led to an abundance of turnovers.

The performance, and the result, came as a major shock to the hardy band of Claremont faithful. In the past four seasons Tigers supporters approached contests against the Lions with a self-satisfied, almost arrogant air. It was a case of “ho hum, it’s the Lions to the slaughter again.”

Claremont had won 11 of the 12 previous encounters against Subiaco, scoring 194.151 to Subiaco’s 116.115. Certainly what transpired on Saturday came as a rude awakening to all associated with the club. It’s now a case of back to the drawing board.

And there’s certainly not an army of players clamouring for league selection. The demolition in the league match followed Subiaco’s 107-point thrashing of an injury-ravaged Claremont in the reserves match. In the space of four and a bit hours Subiaco’s senior footballers had piled on 39 goals and 41 behinds to Claremont’s puny 12.16.  

And to make matters worse Subiaco completed a hat-trick of wins by charging home and snatching victory from the Tigers in the colts match. Disconsolate Claremont fans trudged home with heavy hearts and contemplating another journey to East Fremantle Oval next Saturday to take on the Sharks in the three grades.

A knee injury to captain Jake Murphy kept him out of action in the final three quarters. But the loss of one player cannot be used as any sort of excuse for such apathetic performance.

It was not all bad for Claremont, however, with heartening displays from 18-year-olds Darcy Cameron and Max Bentley and determined efforts from experienced midfielders Luke Blackwell and Andrew Foster.

Cameron followed his breakout performance against West Perth with another tremendous exhibition of ruck work. Not only did he excel at the bounce-downs and boundary throw-ins, but he laid a match-high tally of six tackles, gained five clearances from stoppages and got the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking zone three times. For good measure he took six marks had 14 kicks and made four effective handpasses.

Bentley gave a disciplined performance on a wing where he curbed the brilliance of the vastly-experienced Shaun Hildebrandt, who was making his 223rd league appearance. Bentley, in his third senior match, sacrificed personal glory by keeping a tight rein on Hildebrandt and restricting him to just eight kicks and seven handpasses.

Blackwell and Foster tried hard to lift the Tigers. Blackwell laid four tackles and Foster three and Blackwell gained seven clearances from stoppages and Foster eight.

Jack Richardson had his moments in attack and so, too, did Jack Bradshaw. Each booted two goals. Tom Ledger again took up station on a half-back flank with the task of being a link man and rebounding the ball from defence into attack. He had his hands full in the opening term when George Hampson ran riot with eight disposals and two goals.

Later in the contest Ledger was opposed by the dangerous Josh Deluca. However, Ledger worked hard to set up attacks and he looks set for a fine season.

There were no early signs of Claremont complacency or of what was about to unfold. Cameron soared to win the tap at the opening bounce and then inside the first minute he intercepted a Subiaco clearing kick and passed deftly to Ryan Neates, whose kick found a leading Mark Seaby. But only a behind resulted.

A minute later Seaby handballed to John Williams, but again a behind was the result. It took the Maroons six minutes to hit the scoreboard --- when Jarrod Kayler-Thomson received a free-kick and brought up full points.

Chris Phelan was a dominant midfielder for the visiting side and Hampson, Josh Deluca and Shane Yarran were causing all sorts of problems for the Claremont defence. After 16 minutes Subiaco had gone inside their attacking 50m zone 11 times to Claremont’s four and danger signals were blaring for the Tigers.

A second goal to Hampson gave The Lions a handsome lead, 5.4 to 0.2, at the 18-minute mark. Finally, Claremont registered their first goal, with the quarter 22 minutes old. Blackwell was working hard and he gained possession at right half-forward and sent a left-foot pass to Bradshaw, whose goal helped to lift the spirits of the Tigers fans.

Blackwell won the clearance at the opening bounce of the second term, but it was the Lions who got the first goal, a snap from Hampson after 96 seconds. It was a fine, warm day with little breeze and the challenge was there for the Tigers to get back into the contest. But Subiaco continued to dominate and added 5.6 to 1.1 for the quarter. Thankfully Subiaco were off target many times.

Franz was outstanding in this quarter, frequently foiling Subiaco with strong marks and determined spoils. Matt Orzel was fighting doggedly, but nothing seemed to be going right.

Claremont’s solitary major for the term came with 12 minutes and 50 seconds on the clock when Bradshaw’s long kick from the left wing was marked by Richardson for his first. Claremont’s 2.5 was a poor return for a half of football and Subiaco held a handsome 55-point lead at the long interval.

Among the changes to the Claremont line-up were the switch of Henry Roberts from a wing to a back pocket and of defender Brenden Abbott to the midfield and it appeared a far more determined Tigers side which went into battle for the second half. Blackwell won the clearance at the opening bounce and Richardson kicked his second goal with just 30 seconds on the clock.

Abbott followed with a poster three minutes later and soon after that Claremont had their fourth goal on the board after Foster had sent the ball forward and Bradshaw took a sliding mark on the boundary line in the right pocket before slotting a goal home from a most acute angle.

There was greater intensity in the Claremont ranks. The tackling was strong and purposeful and everything was becoming much more cohesive. However, 14 minutes passed after Claremont’s fourth goal before the fifthl was posted. Ledger marked a Subiaco clearing kick and fired an excellent pass to Williams, who kicked accurately.

This was a much better quarter by Claremont, with the Tigers outscoring Subiaco, 3.6 to 3.2. In a disappointing final term Claremont managed only one goal, after seven minutes when Anton Hamp had taken a diving mark. Subiaco again seized the initiative and fortunately for the Tigers inaccuracy marred their play. The Lions scored 5.8 to 1.3 in the last quarter and romped home by 80 points to cement their spot at the top of the WAFL premiership table.

It was symptomatic of Franz’s dedication that half-way through the quarter he was still battling with tremendous zest and at one stage he produced a perfect spoil against Rhys Waters and then recovered his composure to tackle Hampson to again thwart the Lions. He was still in the thick of the action with 28 minutes and 40 seconds on the clock when he was flattened on the scoreboard flank.

by Ken Casellas

Details:

Subiaco 18.22 (130) beat Claremont 6.14 (50)

Scorers---SUBIACO: G. Hampson 4.4; C. Deluca 3.6; J. Deluca 2.4; S. Yarran 2.2; S. Moore 2.0; J. Bristow, J. Kayler-Thomson, R. Waters 1.1; M. Boland, A. Davey 1.0; B. Mahoney, F. Stockley, W. Toomey 0.1. CLAREMONT: J. Bradshaw 2.2; J. Richardson 2.1; A. Hamp 1.2; JK. Williams 1.1; B. Abbott, M. Davies, A. Foster 0.2; D. Cameron, M. Seaby 0.1.

Best---SUBIACO: G. Hampson, B. Mahoney, C. Phelan, W. Twomey, C. Deluca, J. Deluca, J. Bristow. CLAREMONT: L. Blackwell, A. Foster, D. Cameron, B. Franz, M. Bentley, J. Richardson, T. Ledger.

Tigers Outclassed By Lions | Round 3 Reserves Match Report

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 3:45 PM

Claremont’s Reserves’ (Development) have lost their first game of the season after being well and truly outplayed by Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval.

In a one-sided match, the Lions proved far too good, running out 107 point winners 21.19 (145) to 6.2 (38).

In an ideal start for the Lions, Kyle Halligan kicked truly in the opening minute of the game to hand the side an early lead.

With the Lions dominating the early stages, Jordan Bestry kicked the first of his five majors to give the Lions their second, six minutes into the contest.

The Tigers took all of eight minutes to register their first I50m entry, before Jayden Brooks kicked the team’s first goal after being well set up by Kiefer Yu.

However, goals to Dylan Clarke and Sean Bradley gave the Lions an early break, before Shane McAdam’s goal at the 22 minute mark saw the Tigers trail by 16 points at quarter time.

The scoreboard somewhat flattered the Tigers, with Subiaco’s pressure resulting in several turnovers and an over-reliance on handball.

The start to the second term mirrored the first, with the Lions completely dominating the opening stages despite wastefulness in front of goal.

The Lions added four consecutive behinds as they peppered the Tigers, with Claremont unable to clear the ball from their defence.

Halligan’s second goal at the ten minute mark saw the lead extended to 26 points, before a second to Clarke saw the lead pushed out to 33 at the halfway stage of the term.

A third to Clarke minutes later saw the lead blow out to 40 points and suddenly the Lions had a stranglehold on the game.

A quick reply from the hard-working Ben Daniher saw the margin reduced to 34, before a goal to Dane Stephen on the stroke of half time saw the Lions lead by 40 points at the major break.

Although the Tigers had 21 more disposals in the first half, the pressure from the Lions was resulting in constant turnovers, with their wasteful kicking in front of goal (21 shots to four) providing the only solace for Claremont in a disappointing opening half of football.

What the Tigers needed was a fast start to the second half. This was not the case as the Lions kicked the first two goals through David Madut and Bestry (second).

When Clancy Wheeler got in on the action with a thumping goal at the 16 minute mark of the term, the Lions were out to a 63 point lead.

The Tigers replied through Evan Panizza, however, Bestry kicked his third major to restore parity.

When McAdam and Jordan McAllister kicked consecutive goals for the Tigers the lead was cut back to 51 points, although a late goal to Bradley saw the Lions lead by 57 points at the last change.

With Tigers coach Nigel Wilson happy that his team showed a bit more during the term, he instructed his players to put their hand up and run out the game.

However, as had been the case all game, the Lions had all the answers, kicking the opening four goals of the last term, including Bestry and Clarke registering their fourth majors.

Darcy Boyle got his first for the day at the 16 minute mark, before the dominant Bestry kicked his fifth of the game, remarkably coming from only six kicks and suddenly a three-figure winning margin was on the cards.

This proved to be the case through two late goals, including a third to Garcia, giving the Lions a resounding victory and leaving the Tigers to lick their wounds ahead of next rounds fixture against East Fremantle at the same venue.

by Dan Scamozzi

CLAREMONT 2.1 3.1 6.1 6.2 (38)

SUBIACO 4.5 8.11 13.16 21.19 (145)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 2 S. MCADAM, 1 B. DANIHER, E. PANIZZA, J. BROOKS, J. MCALLISTER

SUBIACO: 5 J. BESTRY, 4 D. CLARKE, 2 J. GARCIA, K. HALLIGAN, S. BRADLEY, D. BOYLE, 1 C. WHEELER, D. STEPHEN, R. WADE, D. MADUT

BEST

CLAREMONT: B. DANIHER, S. MCADAM, J. MCALLISTER, B. LIM

SUBIACO: C.WHEELER, J.BESTRY, T.SMITH, R.BLECHYNDEN, D.BOYLE

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.