Colbung Shows Class | Round 6 Colts Match Report

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 6:54 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Ken Casellas



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

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

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

Claremont Football Club Annual Golf Day

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 1:58 PM

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


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Tigers Stand Tall | Round 6 League Match Report

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 9:24 PM

The final quarter was just over 25 minutes old at the Claremont Showgrounds on Saturday when Claremont defender Aaron Holt hurled himself at the boot of Peel Thunder’s Mathew Brown to smother a shot at goal. And a minute later Ryan Neates applied a fierce tackle on Anthony Morabito to prevent him shooting for goal.

The Tigers were leading by 29 points and the contest was all sewn up in the home side’s favour. But those two spirited efforts typified Claremont’s approach to the game. The players were determined to make amends for thrashings in the two previous matches --- losses by 80 points to Subiaco and by 75 points by East Fremantle.

There was a steely resolve going into the match and every player deserves great credit and commendation for their commitment and the character they showed to rebound with a highly gratifying 28-point victory.

It was a wonderful return to the Showgrounds and the league side’s triumph followed splendid wins by the Tigers colts and reserves sides earlier in the day which left the Thunder without a win in any grade after six rounds of football.

The delightful feeling of nostalgia on Saturday, with Claremont returning to play at the Showgrounds, the club’s home ground in its inaugural year in 1926, was heightened with the appearance of Bud Byfield in the middle of the ground to toss the coin.

The 90-year-old Byfield was just 16 years old when he played in Claremont’s premiership side in 1940 in his third league appearance. Club oldtimers fondly recall when Byfield made his senior debut against Subiaco at Claremont Oval on August 31, 1940. He arrived at the ground in his Christ Church Grammar school uniform and centre-half-forward Johnny Compton, the toughest, roughest and meanest man to ever have pulled on a Claremont jumper, snatched the school cap off his head and kicked it around the changerooms.

This didn’t particularly worry the youngster who went out on to the ground where he lined up against the reigning Sandover medallist Haydn Bunton sen. and kicked two goals to help Claremont win by 20 points. Bunton, a triple Brownlow medallist, went on to claim his third Sandover Medal in 1941. But Byfield’s career was cut short by World War 2. He was a commissioned officer in the famous 2/11th battalion and took part in the Wewak campaign in New Guinea in 1944-45.

Byfield, a WA first-class cricketer, played 36 league matches for Claremont and 18 matches for Melbourne in 1946, including the VFL grand final which was won by Essendon. He then played 284 matches in West Australian country football competitions.

Claremont went into battle against Peel without injured key players Jake Murphy, Trinity Handley, John Williams and Brandon Franz and forward Luke Cameron was chosen to make his league debut. And returning to action for the first time this year were ruckman Mitch Andrews and defender Matt Goyder, while Sam Fong, Mathew Aitchison and Keegan Knott were recalled.

Peel went into the side heavily stacked with tall timber, most notably Craig Moller (204cm), Jack Hannath (201cm), Jonathon Griffin (201cm), Kepler Bradley (198cm) and Matt Taberner (197cm). With these five giants playing in attack as well taking turns in the ruck Claremont’s undersized defensive unit was going to be sorely tested.

However, the Tigers defence stood up in magnificent fashion and their efforts played a major role in the win. Anton Hamp, who played at centre-half-forward in the early matches this season before starting the previous match against East Fremantle on a centre wing, was switched to centre-half-back and the 187cm Tom Willett was given the task of taking over from Franz at full-back where he performed manfully against the towering Moller, who boasted a 17cm height advantage. Moller kicked four goals, but Willett’s dogged performance cannot be underestimated.

Hamp (190cm) absorbed some heavy physical buffeting and stood up in grand style against Bradley and Hannath. He maintained his excellence when matched against Griffin and Moller for brief periods.

Holt, Tom Ledger, Goyder, Jordan McAllister and Max Bentley all were splendid defenders, with Bentley switching from a wing to a back pocket where he played with great assurance.

Claremont held control throughout the afternoon and never appeared in the slightest danger of losing against a feisty, ill-disciplined Peel outfit which was full of misplaced aggro against a more smooth-functioning side. Peel paid a heavy penalty for misguided aggression and there is little wonder that Claremont received 29 free-kicks while conceding only 16.

Claremont produced a performance full of character and Tiger spirit which is sure to lead to many more wins as the 2014 season unfolds. The most worthy winner of the Ralph Honner trophy awarded to the Claremont player who most clearly embodied the Anzac spirit was recalled wingman Fong, who spent three matches in the reserves after earning the wrath of the coach for an undisciplined act in the round-one match against Perth.

Fong worked tirelessly on a wing for his 14 kicks and seven effective handpasses, while Tom Taylor also was an effective player on the other wing.

Clearly the best and most effective and creative player on the ground was Claremont’s acting captain Luke Blackwell, who continues to get about his business with unobtrusive efficiency. He had 19 kicks and made eight effective handpasses as well as applying four tackles, gaining a team-high nine clearances from stoppages and sending the ball inside the 50m attacking zone six times, a figure matched only by Taylor and the hard-working Corey Yeo.

Ryan Neates continued his splendid form with another sparkling performance on a half-forward flank and a wing. Few players in the competition can match his dazzling speed. Andrew Foster, Matt Orzel and Aitchison produced excellent four-quarter efforts on the ball, as did Jack Richardson, playing mainly on a half-forward flank.

It was Fong who opened the goalscoring six minutes into the contest with a fine snap after a boundary throw-in from the right pocket, following a forward thrust involving Knott, Foster and Richardson. Seaby outmarked Alex Silvagni for Claremont’s second major, with Ledger sending the ball forward.

A long shot from Orzel gave the Tigers their third goal, but Moller’s second goal at the 30-minute mark reduced Claremont’s lead at quarter time to seven points.

A 50m penalty enabled Taberner to post Peel’s third goal five minutes into the second term. Then three minutes later Richardson was awarded a free-kick deep in the right pocket before a 50m penalty made a certainty of Claremont’s fourth goal.

Ledger smothered an attempted Peel kick and he sent the ball forward for a mark and goal to full-forward Seaby. Moments before half-time Blackwell handpassed to Bentley, who got the ball to Jack Bradshaw in the right pocket. Bradshaw centred a pass to Richardson. The siren sounded and then Richo booted his second.

Hamp was shining in defence in the third quarter when each side added three goals. Claremont’s goals came from Neates (a snap from close range), Bradshaw (making Peel pay for a simple skill error) and Knott (finishing a cohesive move down the left flank involving Neates, Bradshaw and Bentley).

The Tigers were outrunning the Peelsters in the rain and squally conditions and outscored the visitors, six goals to four in the final term. Bradshaw got the first, Foster the second, after Neates and Seaby combined to deliver the ball to him, and it was a deft Seaby handpass that gave Bradshaw his third goal of the day.

Just past the 20-minute mark Foster handpassed to Taylor, who delivered to Orzel, who gave further proof of his unselfish nature by handballing to Seaby in the goalsquare for the big man’s third goal. Four minutes later Blackwell passed to Goyder, who found Yeo for Claremont’s 14th goal.

Then in the 28th minute Ledger and Fong swapped handpasses as they carried the ball from the half-back line downfield to Orzel, who passed to the hard-running Fong for his second goal which extended Claremont’s lead to 34 points. A Peel goal to Michael Wood 90 second later cut the final margin to 28 points.

by Ken Casellas


Claremont 15.12 (102) beat Peel Thunder 11.8 (74)

Scorers---CLAREMONT: J. Bradshaw, M. Seaby 3.0; J. Richardson 2.2, S. Fong 2.1; R. Neates 1.2; K. Knott 1.1; A. Foster, M. Orzel, C. Yeo 1.0; M. Aitchison, J. McAllister, T. Taylor 0.1; 3pts forced. PEEL: C. Moller 4.0; M. Taberner 3.0; K. Bradley, M. Brown, B. Jones, M. Wood 1.0; A. Morabito 0.2; J. Ballard, J. Flaherty, K. Lawrence, L. Wilkins 0.1; 2pts forced.

Best---CLAREMONTL: L. Blackwell, R. Neates, S. Fong, A. Foster, T. Ledger, C. Yeo, A. Hamp, M. Bentley, M. Orzel, J. Richardson, T. Taylor, M. Aitchison. PEEL: C. Garlett, A. Morabito, B. Jones, J. Ballard, M. Taberner, J. Griffin, A. Silvagni.

Tigers Defeat Thunder In Style / Round 6 Reserves Match Report

Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:50 PM

Claremont have joined Subiaco on four wins and one loss, after defeating Peel Thunder by 83 points at the Showgrounds, 18.15 (123) to 7.8 (50).

The Tigers were led by Jordan Aitken who kicked four goals, while Liam Smith and Shane Mcadam each kicked three.

There were warning signs for the Thunder early on when Aitken kicked the first of his four majors barely two minutes into the contest.

Kiefer Yu was then forced from the ground under the blood rule after taking a courageous mark.

Behinds to Matthew Davies and Aitken followed before Coleman Cristinelli was well set up by Ben Daniher to kick his first goal, giving the Tigers an early 12 point lead.

A turnover in the Tigers defence handed the Thunder their first major and the margin was reduced to seven points.

A late snap by Ben Higgs gave the Tigers their third major and with it a 14 point lead at the first break.

It was a dominant opening term by the Tigers, including 14 to seven inside 50m entries, 24 more disposals, and four more scoring shots.

The second term started much the same as the first, with Henry Roberts and Liam Smith kicking early goals, which saw the Tigers race to a 25 point lead.

The Thunder replied through Nick Gajewski, before Smith kicked his second goal after being set up by Yu.

The Thunder responded through Reise Wilkey, before man-of-the-moment Smith kicked his third for the quarter as both teams traded goals.

When Yu was awarded a 50m penalty after being crunched by Rhys Anzellino, he kicked the Tigers eighth goal, extending the lead to 33 points.

Late goals to Jayden Brooks and Shane Mcadam (after the siren) saw the Tigers lead the Thunder by 45 points at the long break, after kicking seven goals to two for the quarter.

The Thunder broke the trend of the opening two terms by kicking the opening goal of the third quarter through Liam McKenna as the result of a 50m penalty.

The joy was short-lived, however, as goals to Mcadam (second), Alex Manuel, and Aitken (second) saw the lead blow out to 61 points at the last change.

The Tigers were now looking to finish off the game in style, although the Thunder kicked the opening goal of the last term through Wilkey (second).

The Tigers hit back through a second goal to Roberts, before the Thunder responded through Jesse Hockings.

Two quick goals to the best-on-ground Aitken and further majors to Michael Trevenen, and Mcadam (third) saw the Tigers run out big winners.

Aitken was superb all day, tallying four goals, seven marks and 18 disposals, while Roberts, Daniher, Dean Blackwell, and Bernard Sneeuwjagt all won plenty of the ball.

Perhaps the most pleasing aspect of the win was the Tigers winning every quarter, while their 19.8 disposals per goal compared to the Thunders 44, highlighted the efficiency and skill execution with ball in hand.

South Fremantle await the Tigers next Saturday at Fremantle Oval.

Bounce down is at 11.25am.

by Dan Scamozzi


CLAREMONT 3.4 10.8 13.13 18.15 (123)

PEEL THUNDER 1.2 3.5 4.6 7.8 (50)







Round 6 Preview Claremont vs. Peel Thunder

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:44 PM

Claremont will host Peel Thunder in the first of its nine home games for the season at the Showgrounds this Saturday.

The Tigers are fresh off a bye in round five and will be looking to register their second win, while the Thunder are yet to record a victory this season.

With the nearby Claremont Oval undergoing a redevelopment, the Tigers will be looking to establish a home ground advantage at the Showgrounds in 2014/15.

It’s been an indifferent start to Michael Broadbridge’s senior coaching career, with the Tigers well beaten against the likes of Perth, Subiaco and East Fremantle, but in between defeating reigning premiers West Perth.

The battle to kick a winning score will be pivotal, with the Tigers averaging 60 points a game, compared to the Thunder’s 74.

The Tigers have enjoyed a recent dominance over the Thunder, winning nine of the last ten encounters between the two sides.

Tigers captain Jake Murphy and vice-captain Trinity Handley are a chance to return from knee and hamstring injuries respectively, while Peel’s Colin Sylvia will serve the final game of his two match suspension.

The eighth-placed Tigers will be looking to move two games clear of last-placed Peel with victory, which could also leave them just one win outside the top four depending on other results.

Bounce down is at 2.05pm.

by Dan Scamozzi

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


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)







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


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


 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.