Tigers Too Good For Demons - Reserves Round 1 Match Report

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 2:07 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilson was pleased with the effort shown by his players.

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

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

“The intent and attitude were fantastic all day.”

Wilson was also pleased with the conversion from his players.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

by Dan Scamozzi

Bentley Excels

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 6:13 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

by Ken Casellas



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

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

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

Palfrey and Humphry Shine

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 6:20 PM

Standout performances from full-forward Matt Palfrey and midfielder Sam Humphry in Claremont’s final scratch match against Swan Districts at Bassendean Oval on Saturday morning had ardent supporters rubbing their hands in gleeful anticipation of a successful season.

Swans fielded an outstanding side which defeated the Tigers by 41 points. However, there were many highly pleasing aspects from a Claremont viewpoint.

Palfrey, the star of the Great Southern League league grand final in Albany last September when his bag of seven goals was the main reason for the 22-point win by Railways over North Albany, was a shining light deep in attack where he kicked six of his side’s 13 goals.

The 18-year-old 182cm left-footer excelled in the air and on the ground and he seems assured of a bright future.

Skill errors and a series of turnovers proved costly in the first half and the Tigers went into the half-time break trailing by four goals, with Palfrey booting four of Claremont’s six first-half majors. The best of these came late in the second quarter when Humphry gained the centre clearance and Palfrey flew to bring down a wonderful contested mark in the midst of a milling pack.

Palfrey’s final goal came 30 seconds before three-quarter time when he produced a splendid snap from left half-forward.

Humphrey (18) started on the interchange bench in the first three quarters and he was a dominant midfielder, gaining ten clearances from stoppages to consistently send his side into attack. He finished with 17 kicks and three effective handpasses.

Sixteen-year-old Bailey Rogers also excelled at the stoppages, gaining seven clearances. He and Humphrey were part of a powerful midfield brigade which included strong contributors Jared Hardisty and Ryan Lim.

Talented forward flanker Isaac Baum again revealed his class, while Nick Reid struck a purple patch with two excellent long goals in the space of a couple of minutes in the middle of the third quarter. Splitting those goals was one to Lim, who capitalised on a splendid passage of play which started with Francis Watson’s spectacular high mark at right half-back.

Claremont’s defence was under constant stress and Swans finished with 20 goals. Watson did well in a pocket and at centre-half-back, while Greg Colbung worked hard and showed good promise on a flank.


Swan Districts 20.6 (126) beat Claremont 13.7 (85).

Scorers---SWAN DISTRICTS: A. Dean 4.0; C. Daniels, R. Morstert 3.0; N. Ansey, J. Daniels 2.0; D. Smith 1.1; L. Murray, D. Nelson, J. Shand, W. Wilson, T. Yarran 1.0; L. Ridley 0.2; C. Cranenburg, C. Firns, B. Whitsed 0.1. CLAREMONT: M. Palfrey 6.0; I. Baum 2.1; N. Reid 2.0; R. Lim, W. McSweeney, S. Trickey 1.0; J. Crockett 0.2; J. Hardisty, B. Rogers 0.1; 2pts forced.

Best---SWAN DISTRICTS: J. Coniglio, A. Dean, J. Daniels, C. Firns, D. Nelson, C. Daniels. CLAREMONT: S. Humphry, M. Palfrey, B. Rogers, J. Hardisty, I. Baum, H. Wilkinson, G. Colbung, F. Watson, R. Lim.

by Ken Casellas

Round 1 Preview Claremont V Perth

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Claremont gets its season underway this Saturday when they take on Perth at Brownes Stadium.

It will be Michael Broadbridge’s first game in charge of the Tigers since taking over the reins from premiership coach Marc Webb, who has joined the Fremantle Dockers coaching staff.

Tigers vice-captain, 2011 Sandover medallist and three time EB Cook (fairest-and-best) medallist Luke Blackwell will play his 100th WAFL game.

A much different Tigers side will take to the field than the one that was bundled out of the finals by East Perth last season.

The Tigers will be without premiership players Chad Jones, Paul Medhurst, Ian Richardson, Andrew Browne, David Crawford, Byron Schammer, James Thomson, Jesse Laurie and Mitch Andrews.

Jeremy McGovern and Patrick McGinnity will link up with East Perth due to the alignment with West Coast, while Alex Silvagni will line up with Peel Thunder under their partnership with Fremantle.

The Tigers have retained Andrew Foster, who has reversed his decision to retire, while Tom Ledger returns to the club after eight games in three seasons with St Kilda.

In a further boost to the midfield, Matt Orzel is back after two seasons with Peel Thunder, and he will play his 100th game for the club against the Demons.

The Tigers defence has been given a boost with defender Brandon Franz returning to the club.

Des Headland has joined the Tigers coaching staff and will be in charge of the midfield group this year.

The team has a new captain in Jake Murphy, with experienced players in Blackwell and Trinity Handley as co vice-captains. Completing the leadership group are Aaron Holt, Anton Hamp, Ryan Neates and John Williams.

Claremont defeated Perth on both occasions last season and have dominated this contest in recent times, having won the past six encounters between the sides. The Tigers have not lost to the Demons since round 11, 2011.

The Demons, however, will be a dangerous opponent, having added AFL players Cale and Mitch Morton, who join brother and former Tigers player Jarryd at the club. The Demons have also regained Gerard Ugle after three years with Greater Western Sydney.

The Demons will be without Fraser McInnes, Ashley Smith, Simon Tunbridge and Brant Colledge who will all join East Perth under the alignment, while Kyle Reimers, Alistair Smith, Jackson Sketcher and Kane Ransted have all left the club.

In a big blow for the Demons, fairest-and-best winner Brett Hodge is out of action with a broken wrist.

The Tigers will need to be wary of dangerous forwards Paul Bevan and Brennan Stack, who kicked 14 goals in the two encounters against Claremont last season.

The Tigers have had a mixed pre-season. They lost by eight goals to South Fremantle before bouncing back with a 50-point win over Swan Districts.

In an impressive sign for Broadbridge and his coaching staff, the Tigers had 12 individual goalscorers against the Swans, as they look to share the load in 2014.

by Dan Scamozzi

Claremont FC and District Holiday Clinic

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 2:17 PM

Claremont Football Club and District April School Holiday Program.


Wednesday 23rd April (Year Pre Primary – 3)

Thursday 24th April (Year 4 – 7)

Claremont Showgounds, Claremont

$95 per participant

Kids receive – Morning, Lunch and Afternoon Tea, T – Shirt and showbag of giveaways.

Click here to download: Claremont-FC-Holiday-Clinic-Flyer

Online registration and payment option is currently unavailable.

2014 Coporate Classic Winners

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 1:14 PM

Thank you to all who entered the Corporate Classic Draw and attended the function on the 13th March, 2014.


Congratulations to the winners:-

1st Prize               Major Sponsor                  Marron Real Estate

2nd Prize               Associate Sponsor           Sandalford Wines

3rd Prize                Associate Sponsor           Naked Bean Coffee Roasters

4th Prize                Associate Sponsor           Icon Conveyancing

5th Prize                Associate Sponsor           WA Showbags

A New Role For Williams

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:39 PM

John Williams, used almost exclusively as a defender in his first season with Claremont in 2013, looks set for an important new role this year.

New coach Michael Broadbridge has used Williams in attack in the club’s interclub scratch matches against South Fremantle and Swan Districts, and the experiment has been highly successful.

Williams played at full-forward, on a half-forward flank and in a pocket against Swans at Bassendean Oval on Saturday and he excelled in a revamped forward line which will be without prolific goalscorers Chad Jones, Paul Medhurst and Ian Richardson.

Williams was opposed to Kirk Ugle, Graham Jetta and Alex Howard and did well to take eight marks and have ten kicks, three of which were goals. Of particular importance were his defensive skills as he illustrated clearly that forwards are not on the ground with the sole purpose of kicking goals.

The Tigers warmed up for their first-round match against Perth at Lathlain Park this coming Saturday with a solid businesslike performance against Swans, winning by 50 points, 16.11 to 8.9. It was an encouraging effort after suffering an eight-goal defeat at the hands of South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval the previous Saturday.

The Tigers had 12 individual goalscorers against Swans, showing that there is a plan to share the load instead of relying on major individual tallies from the big guns who are absent this year. Tall forward Jackson Starcevich did not score a goal, but he shows good promise. He was particularly impressive the development squad match against South Fremantle.

Key forward Anton Hamp did not score a goal against the Swans, but he moved well and made position cleverly. He delivered the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking zone five times and is set to play a leading role in attack this year.

Claremont were without Andrew Foster and Aaron Holt last Saturday, but both should be fit to take the field against the Demons. However, lively small forward Jack Bradshaw damaged an ankle against Swans and is most unlikely to be fit to play this week.

Brenden Abbott stepped up from the development squad side against Souths with the minimum of fuss and he showed that he has the potential to develop into a powerful defender. He also revealed a touch of class with a splendid left-foot short pass to Darcy Cameron early in the third quarter when Cameron’s pass was marked by Williams for his second major.

 It was also most heartening to see Brandon Franz, after a year away from the club, return to the full-back position. Trinity Handley, Keifer Yu (whose spearing pass found Williams for his third goal), Tom Taylor, Tom Willett, Steven Edwards and Alec Waterman also were solid in defence.

The strongly-built 17-year-old Waterman was more impressive when used on the ball in the second half and he finished the match with five clearances from stoppages and five tackles, a tally exceeded only by Matt Davies (six). Davies, normally a high half-forward throughout last year, enjoyed his time on the ball against South Fremantle. Bernard Sneeuwjagt also gave a sample of his ability in the midfield.

Midfielder Tom Ledger, back after three years at St Kilda, is a wonderful acquisition this year and he looks set for an outstanding season. As usual, captain Jake Murphy and vice-captain Luke Blackwell excelled in the midfield, with Murphy hurting Swans on the scoreboard with three goals in the third term.

Speedy wingers Ryan Neates and Sam Fong completed a powerful midfield unit, which included the indefatigable Matt Orzel, back at Tigerland after a two-year spell with Peel Thunder.


Claremont 6.1, 7.1, 15.4, 16.11 (107) beat Swan Districts 1.1, 6.4, 7.5, 8.9 (57).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: J. Murphy, J. Williams 3.0; J. Bradshaw 1.3; M. Davies 1.1; L. Blackwell, D. Cameron, T. Handley, R. Neates, J. Richardson, M. Seaby, L. Smith, T. Taylor 1.0; S. Fong, M. Orzel 0.2; A. Hamp, K. Yu 0.1; 1pt forced. SWAN DISTRICTS: R. Carey 2.1; M. Jukes, M. Rogers 1.1; A. Anderson, N. Blakely, J. Burnham, M. Riggio 1.0; B. Duckworth, B. Smith 0.2; B. Boekhorst, A. Elari 0.1.

Best---CLAREMONT: J. Murphy, L. Blackwell, M. Seaby, J. Williams, R. Neates, T. Ledger, T. Taylor.

by Ken Casellas

2014 CFC Player Sweepstakes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 5:30 PM


The Club will auction off 12 groups of senior players [total of 64 players]

25% of the total money received will be allocated to the Claremont Football Club i.e. if the total pool is $30,000 then $7,500 will go to the Claremont Football Club.

75% of the total pool will become the final kitty.  i.e. the final kitty total being $22,500 divided by 20 = $1,125per game.

So if we have a kitty of $1,125 each week to distribute, the top 3 best players for CFC in the West Australian Newspaper on the Monday after the game will be given the following break up of money:

  • Best Player (70% of Kitty)                 $787.50
  • 2nd Best player (20% of kitty)            $225.00
  • 3rd Best player (10% of kitty)             $112.50






Ryan Neates

Matt Davies

Bernard Sneeuwjagt

Ben Higgs

Jordan McAllister


Tom Ledger

Ben Daniher

Jared Hardisty

Brendan Lim

Luke Cameron



Luke Blackwell

Corey Yeo

Jordan Aitken

Brenden Abbott

Shane MCAdam



Trinity Handley

John Williams

Alec Waterman

Sam Lamont

Matt Aitchinson


Jake Murphy

Jack Richardson

Hugo Breakey

Jack McPhee

Timm House


Anton Hamp

Tom Taylor

Jaxon Starcevich

Ethan Panizza

Nick Steens

Aaron Hayes



Matt Orzel

Keifer Yu

Mitchell McGovern

Ben Taylor

Jack Beeck


Mark Seaby

Liam Smith

Steven Edwards

Henry Roberts

Josh Tilley

Kaiden Gilbert



Andrew Foster

Tom Willett

Coleman Cristinelli

Luke Salomone

Luca Beradini


Aaron Holt

Sam Fong

Jayden Brooks

Lachlan Davey

Max Bentley

Joel Ebert



Brendon Franz

Matt Goyder

Harrison Court

Tom Bowering

Hayden Yarran


Jack Bradshaw

Darcy Cameron

Keegan Knott

Luke Falconer

Jordan Law

Dean Blackwell



Patersons Stadium Open Day- FREE for WAFL Members!

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Don’t miss your chance to have a kick on the hallowed turf of Patersons Stadium, meet AFL players and watch Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University on the new Big Screen. Patersons Stadium is opening their gates for the FIRST TIME EVER for a Family Open Day and Movie on the Turf on Saturday 15 March from 4:30pm! Entry $2 (non WAFL Members)

Click the link for details http://patersonsstadium.com.au/news/2933/patersons-stadium-open-day

Foster To Play On In 2014

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 4:26 PM

Dual premiership player Andrew Foster has reversed his decision to retire, and will pull on the boots for Claremont this season.

After announcing his retirement at the end of last season, the 116 game midfielder has seen work commitments fall his way.

“I’ve been able to free up a bit of time on the weekend’s to play. Previously, probably for the last four years, I’ve worked before games,” Foster said.

“It gets difficult when you’re working before a game, you get a bit stale after a while.

“It was just due to work commitments and now I’ve got a bit more time on my hands to play at this level.”

Foster has been training on his own over the summer, and has already reaped the benefits.

“Being able to train on my own, I just feel a lot more mentally and physically fresher,” Foster said.

“I’ve been doing my own running to keep fit.

“I feel good and I’m looking forward to the year.”

After a high turnover of players during the off season, Foster is looking at the positives.

“What it does is give younger guys an opportunity that probably wasn’t there the last couple of years,” Foster said.

“It allows them to step up and play at League level.”

With the new alignment seeing Eagles-listed players playing with East Perth in the WAFL and Fremantle players playing with Peel receiving a mixed response, Foster is supportive of the move.

“I don’t have an issue with it. I think it’s good for (WAFL) players to play against AFL players,” Foster said.

Foster played nine games with the Fremantle Dockers from 2007-09.


by Dan Scamozzi