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Williams, The Quiet Achiever

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 12:55 AM

Brad Holmes, Peel Thunder’s leading goalkicker in the past two seasons, has always posed plenty of problems for Claremont and he again loomed as a danger man when he lined up in a forward pocket alongside emerging full-forward Matthew Taberner against the Tigers at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

Claremont coach Marc Webb gave John Williams the task of keeping Holmes under wraps, and it was a challenge which was accepted with enthusiasm.

Williams, a highly professional and disciplined footballer, shuns the limelight and he went about his business with unobtrusive efficiency to emerge as a star performer for the Tigers who produced a solid but unspectacular performance to defeat the Thunder by 53 points to improve their record this season to 11 wins from 12 matches to maintain their substantial lead over West Perth on top of the premiership ladder.

Williams is not a flashy player, but one who goes about his work with cool efficiency. He relishes in doing the basic requirements of a defender, sticking to his opponent like glue and using spoiling tactics with great effect. He finished the contest with a match-high tally of nine spoils, four more than half-back teammate Jesse Laurie, in second place.

Peel managed to penetrate their 50m attacking zone only 12 times in the first half, during which Williams restricted Holmes to just one ineffective kick. Holmes ended the match with just seven disposals and failed to score. For sheer efficiency, Williams deserves top billing.

Thomson also performed grandly on Taberner, keeping him to two goals. Thomson was in sparkling form and was a stand-out performer in the opening quarter when he had four kicks and an effective handpass and twice got the ball inside his side’s attacking 50m zone.

Claremont stamped their authority in the first quarter in which they scored 6.5 from 19 inside 50s while holding the visitors scoreless. Claremont led 9.8 to 2.3 at half-time and increased their margin to 54 points early in the third term before a Peel revival reduced the deficit to 30 points at three-quarter time.

The Tigers then regained firm control and added 4.2 in the final quarter and held Peel to just three behinds.

In a bruising contest the Tigers lost wingman Nick Winmar and midfielder Andrew Foster in the third quarter, with each player suffering concussion after heavy knocks. Scans revealed that Foster had a hairline fracture of the cheekbone and he will be out of action for four to five weeks. 

Claremont’s opening-quarter charge was led by dominant ruckmen Mark Seaby and Mitch Andrews, the brilliant Foster, lively half-forward flankers Ian Richardson and Matt Davies and effervescent midfielders Jake Murphy, Ben Daniher and Sam Fong.

Davies, the strongly-built left-footer in his first season of league football, continues to impress. The 21-year-old had the daunting task of playing on Peel captain Brendon Jones, a seasoned veteran of 169 WAFL matches. Davies produced four quarters of spirited football, finishing with nine marks, 15 kicks and 11 effective handpasses, including four clearances and six inside 50s.

Jones also was an efficient player for his side, with eight marks, 21 kicks and 11 effective handpasses.

It took the Tigers only 81 seconds to post their opening goal, a typically sparkling snap from Richardson after he had gathered a long kick forward from Winmar, who made the most of a free-kick following a hurried Peel kick out of bounds on the full.

Four minutes later Seaby received a free-kick and he handpassed to Tom Taylor, who passed to Jack Bradshaw for the first of his three majors. Seaby was in grand form. Soon afterwards he gained possession at half-back, got a handpass away and the ball was transferred to Richardson, whose pass found Andrews.

Andrews then passed to the hard-running Seaby at centre-half-forward and his kick saw full-forward Chad Jones hold a strong before he booted the first of his three goals. The fourth goal was a snap from Liam Smith, following some good work from Thomson and Bradshaw.

Thomson started a move which ended with Claremont’s fifth goal. Also involved in this splendid passage of play were Fong, Murphy, Richardson, Davies and Andrews, with the Andrews kick going to defender David Crawford, who had drifted downfield and floated in front of the pack to take a mark close to goal.

Davies then made the most of a free-kick for an out-of-bounds on-the-full infringement by threading through a delightful goal with his natural left foot from the boundary line at left half-forward. Then a shot from the hard-working Daniher hit a goalpost to register the first of two posters to the left-footer.

Peel opened their account with two forced behinds early in the second quarter before they got their first major, following a mark to Taberner nine minutes into the term. 

Claremont replied with a goal to Jones after Andrews combined with Murphy to get the ball to Matt Goyder, who passed accurately to the full-forward. Smith then handpassed to Richardson, who drove the ball forward to Seaby, whose handpass to Pat McGinnity saw the hard-working midfielder snap truly.

A 55m bomb from Matt Orzel gave Peel their second major, but the Tigers replied 90 seconds later with Bradshaw bringing up his second goal after receiving a pass from Davies. Claremont then went into the half-time break, leading 9.8 to 2.3.

This margin was extended to 54 points nine minutes into the third term, following goals to Daniher (after he had marked a Peel clearing kick) and a snap from captain Andrew Browne, following a handpass from Bradshaw to Foster, whose wonderful long left-handed handpass set up Browne. This score was the direct result of a great effort by McGinnity to spoil what appeared to be a certain Peel mark.

Unfortunately, Claremont then lost the services of Winmar and Foster and the side did not add to its score in the final 23 minutes of the term, during which time the visitors slammed home four goals to go into the three-quarter-time break only 30 points in arrears.

The final quarter was 7min. 25sec. old when the Tigers scored a steadying goal, a wonderful set shot by Richardson 50m out on the boundary line at left half-forward. Soon afterwards Seaby bobbed up, taking a splendid saving mark deep in defence. A minute later a Crawford torpedo punt found Anton Hamp, who drove the ball forward to Richardson. But only a point resulted.

The next goal came nine minutes later when Murphy gained possession at a bounce-down at half-forward and handpassed to defender Keifer Yu. Seaby gained the knock at the resultant centre bounce-down and McGinnity drove the ball forward to enable Jones to boot his third goal. Then a tumbling Bradshaw snapped truly for Claremont’s final goal.

by Ken Casellas


Claremont 15.12 (102) beat Peel Thunder 7.7 (49).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: J. Bradshaw 3.2; C. Jones 3.0: I. Richardson 2.2; B. Daniher 1.3; A. Browne, D. Crawford, M. Davies, P. McGinnity, L. Smith, K. Yu 1.0; M. Seaby 0.1; 4pts forced. PEEL: J. Hawksley 3.0; M. Orzel, M. Taberner 2.0; K. Thornton 0.2; C. Luff 0.1; 4pts forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: J. Williams, M. Seaby, M. Davies, P. McGinnity, T. Taylor, J. Murphy, S. Fong, B. Daniher, A. Foster, A. Browne. PEEL: P. Bower, M. Motlop, B. Jones, T. Sheridan, V. Michie, M. Orzel, T. Smith.

WAFL Round 13 Results

Monday, June 17, 2013 - 12:22 AM

CLAREMONT, West Perth and East Perth all moved clear with WAFL wins during Round 13 while Swan Districts also closed in on a top-four spot as well with a second straight victory.

Claremont continued to hold a four-win lead at the top of the ladder after beating Peel Thunder 15.12 (102) to 7.7 (49) at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

The Tigers set up the win with the only six goals of the first quarter and even though it was a relatively even contest from there, Claremont still recorded a comfortable 53-point victory.

Jack Bradshaw and Chad Jones kicked three goals apiece for Claremont with Ian Richardson adding two.

Matthew Davies racked up 28 possessions with Sam Fong, Patrick McGinnity and Ben Daniher all having 24 disposals apiece. Jake Murphy also gathered 23 possessions, Andrew Browne 21 and Tom Taylor 21 while Mark Seaby dominated the ruck with 20 touches and 48 hit outs.

James Hawksley kicked three goals for Peel with Matt Taberner and Matt Orzel adding two apiece.

Captain Brendon Jones collected 34 possessions, Marlon Motlop 30, Paul Bower 29, Viv Michie 26, Tanner Smith 23 (and 13 marks) and Tom Sheridan 21.



Claremont 15.12.102 def Peel Thunder 7.7.49


Claremont 17.10.112 def Peel Thunder 7.4.46


Claremont 6.11.47 def by Peel Thunder 10.10.70


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Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 11:50 PM

The Claremont Football Club will begin its campaign to defend the 2012 Foxtel Cup title tomorrow night against Southport at Paterson’s Stadium.

West Coast Rookie Jeremy McGovern and dashing Claremont defender Blake Anderson have been named to make returns from ankle injuries after long stints on the side lines and former West Coast Eagle Tom Swift will make his return to football after leaving the game to concentrate on his career at the end of last season.

CFC Football Manager Dean Horsington is excited to see Swift back in Claremont colours and says that he has been in the pipeline to make his return in the Foxtel Cup fixture since returning to train with the senior squad.

“Tom has been training with the senior side for a little while now and it has been in our plans to give him an opportunity during this Foxtel Cup fixture since he returned to training. He has been training well and he is a quality player so we are all looking forward to seeing him back in the Claremont colours and on the footy field in general”.

For more info about the Foxtel Cup competition, please go to



CLAREMONT V SOUTHPORT @ Paterson’s Stadium

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Bounce down: 6.35pm



  • Free Entry
  • Gate 26: Open for general public 6.00pm – No charge
  • Subiaco FC (Old social rooms) and street parking will be the only parking available the public
  • NO PUBLIC ACCESS to playing arena at ANY time
  • Only 2 Tier Stand open for public seating– Blocks 103 – 113, 207 – 213, 303 – 313
  • Food Outlet at Gate 26 open
  • Bar outlet at Gate 3 open (next to TAB)
  • Length of quarters – 18 minutes + time on (approx 20 minutes each). The breaks are 5, 15 & 5 minutes.
  • No draws - In the event that the two teams are tied at the end of match play, the timekeeper WILL NOT sound the siren. He will wait for the next score (goal or behind) and then sound the siren.

WAFL Round 13 Preview

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 3:27 AM

THE four WAFL games in Round 13 action are spread over Saturday and Sunday this weekend with each of them having big implications for teams trying to hold onto spots in the top-four and to break into it.

The two games on Saturday afternoon sees Subiaco and Swan Districts do battle at Leederville's Medibank Stadium and then top-of-the-table Claremont takes on eight-placed Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval.

There are then two massive matches on Sunday with fourth-placed East Fremantle hosting second-placed West Perth at East Fremantle Oval and then third-placed Perth taking on sixth-placed East Perth at Lathlain's Brownes Stadium.

Bottom-of-the-table South Fremantle has the bye.





Selected teams

Claremont might have beaten Peel last time the two sides met back in Round 7 in Mandurah, but the fact that the Thunder were impressive that day and have continued to improve before a hiccup last week should mean that Saturday's game isn’t a clear cut Tigers victory.

Peel pushed Claremont all the way at Bendigo Bank Stadium back in Round 7 before the Tigers held on to win by 17 points in one of the more high-quality games of the 2013 WAFL season to date.

Claremont did drop a game to Subiaco in Round 11, but bounced back last Saturday beating West Perth by 21 points at Arena Joondalup to now sit on a 10-1 record four wins clear of second place to already have gone a long way to securing a fourth consecutive minor premiership.

However, Peel did win games over Subiaco and East Perth following that narrow loss to Claremont to be building some encouraging form before a last quarter fadeout last Saturday led to a 35-point loss to East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval.

Peel does have confidence of the memory from Round 11 last year when the Thunder recorded a terrific 14-point win over Claremont at Claremont Oval as well so heading to Tigerland shouldn’t hold any fears for the boys from Mandurah.

Claremont has lost Paul Medhurst with a rib injury for the next month with premiership defender Aaron Holt also out of the Tigers' side to face Peel on Saturday.

Small forward Liam Smith is the likely replacement to come into the team for Medhurst with Richard Cronin, Matthew Goyder, Jared Hardisty and Keegan Knott all in the mix to play after some strong reserves form.

Big man Jeremy McGovern is set to have another week in the reserves after returning last week against West Perth with 12 disposals, six marks and two goals.

Peel Thunder has named Fremantle pair Tom Sheridan and Matt Taberner as outs after both were terrific against East Fremantle last Saturday, but both have only been named as emergencies for the Dockers making them likely starters for Peel still against Claremont.

Liam McKenna racked up 40 possessions for Peel in the reserves last week and as a result could return to the Thunder line-up against the Tigers with Corey Morris, James Bristow, Jordan Wythes and Jesse Hocking all pressing their case to come into the league side as well.

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Round 12 AAMI WAFL Player of the Week

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 10:05 PM

Congratulations to Andrew Foster who has been named the Round 12 AAMI WAFL Player of the Week after his inspiring effort in Claremont's 21 point win over West Perth.

Andrew has earned $250 for the Willeton JFC as a part of AAMI's grassroots rewards program.

Foster continued his impressive form to date this season with another great display, racking up 33 Disposals, 5 marks and 8 IN50 Entries. His pressure around the contest was also a huge highlight of his game as he tallied an impressive 11 tackles.

Claremont ran out victors in this Top of the Table clash with West Perth at Joondalup Arena in what was another thrilling contest between the two clubs this season, the final score 18.11.119 - 15.8.98.

The win takes the Tigers to a 10-1 record this season and opens up a 4 game gap at the top of the table. West Perth sit in second with a 6-4 record while 4 clubs, Perth, East Fremantle, Subiaco and East Perth sit on 5 wins a piece.

Claremont will face Peel Thunder in Round 13 WAFL action at Claremont Oval on Saturday 15th June from 2.10pm.

990 Information Radio's "Match of the Day"

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 11:32 PM

The 990 Information Radio commentary team returns to Claremont Oval this Saturday for the clash between Claremont and Peel Thunder.

Luke Blackwell will again be part of the commentary team in the “special comments” role.

The coverage commences at 2.00pm with bounce down to the game at 2.10pm.

990 Information Radio WAFL “Match of the Day

Saturday 15th June:

Claremont v Peel Thunder @ Claremont Oval

Coverage 2.00pm- 5.00pm

Bouncedown @ 2.10pm

Commentators: Russell Dower, Luke Blackwell and Brendan Rhodes.

Annual Golf Day

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 10:57 PM

The Claremont Football Club invites you to join us for our Annual Golf Day on Friday 23rd August at one of Australia's most highly rated golf courses.

With great variety in hole length, from drivable par 4 holes to exacting long holes, Cottesloe Golf Club is rated as one of Australia's top courses.

The distinctive bunkering framing many of the holes will be a challenge for all golfers.



SIGN IN & LUNCH: From 11am

TEE OFF: Shot gun start at 12.00 noon

COMPETITION: 4 Person Ambrose

FORMAT: Mixed teams of four

COST:$200 per player includes:

  • Bring your friends and make your own team or we can put you in one
  • Lunch served from 11am to 12noon — a selection of mixed sandwiches, wraps & rolls served with accompaniments
  • 18 holes of golf — tee off 12noon sharp
  • Refreshments on course
  • Food & drinks served after your game and during presentations
  • Prizes to be awarded throughout the day

    CLICK HERE for more information and to download a Registration Form

    Registrations must be recieved by Friday 16th August

    Round 12 WAFL Results

    Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 10:24 PM

    CLAREMONT and East Fremantle bounced back from disappointing losses last Sunday to down West Perth and Peel Thunder respectively on Saturday while Subiaco overran South Fremantle to record its third straight victory.

    East Fremantle kicked eight goals to three after half-time to beat Peel Thunder 14.7 (91) to 8.8 (56) at East Fremantle Oval while Claremont kicked away in the first half and did enough to beat West Perth 18.11 (119) to 15.8 (98) at Arena Joondalup.

    Claremont jumped out of the blocks against West Perth kicking the first two and last three goals of the first quarter, and the last four of the second term to be up 41 points at half-time.

    The Falcons did close to within 22 points during the third quarter but the Tigers steadied with four late goals to again be up by 40 points at the last change and to go on and win by 21.

    Mark Seaby dominated the ruck after his West Perth opponent Chris Keunen was a late withdrawal leaving Frank Stockley to carry the load. Seaby finished with 17 possessions and 55 hit outs in an incredible display.

    Chad Jones and Ian Richardson booted four goals each for the Tigers, Anton Hamp three, Paul Medhurst two and Jack Bradshaw two.

    Patrick McGinnity gathered 30 possessions, Andrew Foster 33, Jake Murphy 25, captain Andrew Browne 25, Tom Taylor 25 in his best league game and debutant Ben Daniher 23.

    Mark Hutchings returned to the West Perth line-up and racked up 32 possessions, laid seven tackles and kicked three goals.

    Matt Guadagnin also did well finishing with 26 possessions and kicking two goals with Shane Nelson gathering 32 disposals, Jay van Berlo 24, Luke Tedesco 23 and Andrew Strijk 22. Anthony Tsalikis kicked three goals from six kicks.

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    WAFL Round 12 Preview

    Friday, June 7, 2013 - 2:18 AM

    THERE might be just three games in WAFL Round 12 action on Saturday but all are crucial clashes as the top-two teams look to bounce back, two sides near the bottom look to consolidate wins last weekend and then two mid-table sides look to get back towards the top-four.

    West Perth hosts Claremont at Arena Joondalup with the Falcons and Tigers trying to bounce back from losses last weekend to East Perth and Subiaco respectively despite still sitting in the top-two positions on the WAFL ladder.

    Subiaco takes on South Fremantle at Leederville's Medibank Stadium with the Lions coming off a win over Claremont and the Bulldogs having thumped East Fremantle last weekend.

    The other match of the weekend sees East Fremantle host Peel Thunder at East Fremantle Oval with Perth, East Perth and Swan Districts having the bye.





    Selected teams

    West Perth and Claremont have combined for just four losses this season, but two of them came last weekend adding some extra bite to this Saturday's clash at Arena Joondalup.

    The Falcons and Tigers occupy the top-two spots on the ladder but Saturday's game looms as a crucial one for the winner, and indeed the loser.

    Claremont could move four wins clear of West Perth on the ladder with a victory to make it incredibly hard for any side in the second half of the season to knock the Tigers off for a fourth straight minor premiership.

    However, a West Perth win would move the Falcons to just two wins behind Claremont but more importantly only one defeat with a game in hand.  

    A Falcons loss, though, would see them vulnerable to the teams below with Perth and East Perth just the one win behind, and possibly East Fremantle as well if the Sharks beat Peel on Saturday.

    Claremont won its first nine games of the season and looked set to record a 10th straight last Sunday at home to Subiaco, but the Tigers didn’t manage a final quarter goal with the Lions finishing the stronger to end up winning by 10 points.

    West Perth was sitting pretty with a 6-2 record and led most of the game last Monday in the Foundation (WA) Day derby against East Perth at Leederville, but then also didn’t manage a goal in the last quarter as the Royals kicked six to win by 19 points.

    Neither the Tiger nor Falcons kicked a last quarter goal in their losses last weekend so leading at three quarter-time come Saturday at Arena Joondalup could be crucial in the final result.

    Claremont has won the last four encounters with West Perth including a hard fought 19-point win at Claremont Oval in Round 6 this season in what was a terrific contest.

    West Perth has lost captain Jason Salecic following Monday's loss to East Perth and the Falcons are confident that prolific midfielder Shane Nelson will be right to take his place in the side despite injuring his ankle midway through the last quarter after already having racked up 27 possessions.

    Matt Fowler, Brayden Antonio, Shaun Marusic and James Batterham are all making a strong push to come into the West Perth league side.

    Fowler kicked five goals in the reserves last week against East Perth for the second straight game and could come in to add another forward option for the Falcons.

    Antonio has been building some form nicely as well and had another 23 possessions in the reserves and he could be an option to come in, and he can play across half-forward and have the odd run in the midfield.

    Batterham and Marusic have both been in solid form as well and could come in to add some further versatility to the West Perth line-up.

    Claremont is still without Luke Blackwell, Trinity Handley, Jeremy McGovern, Byron Schammer and Ryan Neates, and also loses Fremantle's Alex Silvagni and West Coast's Patrick McGinnity from the side that lost to Subiaco last Sunday.

    Nick Winmar returns after being a late withdrawal last week against the Lions while Ben Daniher might have earned his league debut after continued strong reserves form with another 18 possessions and a goal last week.

    Jack Bradshaw could return to add another small forward option after a bad run with niggling injuries while Liam Smith could also return. Brendan Lim is a chance to make his league debut as well after 18 disposals in the reserves last week against the Lions.

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    Claremont Football Club - Paving Our Future

    Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 1:16 PM

    Over the next two years the Claremont Football Club will build a new state-of-the-art facility at Claremont Oval. As part of this redevelopment the Club is fundraising to help support the fitout of the new facility. We invite all supporters to be part of this exciting development by offering the unique opportunity of a permanent place in the club’s future. Pavers on Davies Road, outside the club’s entrance, will be etched with a personal message from donors.

    COST: Prime Paver = Donations of $295 and above

              Large Step Paver (Steps to main entrance) = Donations of $1195 and above

    CLICK HERE to download an application form.