Round 15 WAFL Results

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 1:55 PM

TOP-two WAFL teams Claremont and West Perth escaped with three-point thrilling wins in Round 15 action on Saturday while Perth remained fourth with another nail-biting win and East Perth steadied in third with the big victory of the day.

While three of the four matches on Saturday afternoon were all thrillers, the results could very well have decided the top-four places with the teams already on track for a finals berth ending up winning to open up the gap further on the chasing pack.

Claremont further consolidated top spot with a 15.8 (98) to 13.17 (95) victory over East Fremantle in Kununurra in a rematch of last year's grand final.

For the Tigers they remain three games and percentage clear in first place but the loss means that the Sharks have now lost six of their last seven matches to hold just a 5-8 record to be two games and percentage out of fourth place.

East Fremantle had nine more entries inside-50 than Claremont and seven extra scoring shots but were inaccurate kicking just 13 goals from 30 shots and the Tigers were more accurate and came away with the three-point win in warm conditions in Kununurra.

Jake Murphy was terrific for Claremont with 24 possessions and three goals with Jack Bradshaw also kicking three goals, Ian Richardson two, Paul Medhurst two and Mitch Andrews two.

Captain Andrew Browne racked up 29 disposals for the Tigers, Richardson 24, Matthew Davies 19 and youngster Ben Daniher 19. Mark Seaby had another 16 possessions, seven marks and 41 hit outs in the ruck.

Ryan Lester-Smith booted five goals for East Fremantle with captain Mark McGough racking up 30 possessions, Rory O'Brien 28 and Brett Peake 23.



Claremont 15.8.98 def East Fremantle 13.17.95
Claremont 9.1.55 def by East Fremantle 18.11.119
Claremont 15.6.96 def East Fremantle 8.5.53


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WAFL Round 15 Preview

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 12:49 PM

ROUND 15 of the WAFL season sees a grand final rematch take place in Kununurra, West Perth, East Perth, Perth and Swan Districts continue to fight over three spots in the top-four and bottom sides South Fremantle and Peel trying to cause an upset.

All games are on Saturday afternoon as Claremont and East Fremantle meet in a rematch of last year's grand final in Kununurra with bounce down set for 1.45pm.

Then in the usual 2.05 time slot back in Perth, Swan Districts hosts West Perth at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval, South Fremantle takes on Perth at Fremantle Oval and East Perth battles Peel Thunder at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.

The seventh-placed Subiaco has the bye following losses to Swan Districts and West Perth after a run of three straight victories.



Selected teams

Claremont and East Fremantle travel to Kununurra this Saturday in a grand final rematch from 2012 with the Tigers simply looking to maintain their run to a fourth straight minor premiership while the Sharks desperately need to win to stay in touch with the top-four.

Claremont had the bye last weekend following a Foxtel Cup victory over Queensland's Southport at Patersons Stadium and prior to that the Tigers bounced back from their first loss of the season to Subiaco to beat both West Perth and Peel in an impressive two performances.

That means that Claremont sits on an 11-1 record just past the halfway mark of the 2013 to be well on track for a fourth straight minor premiership with the Tigers having won two premierships and making a grand final in that time.

East Fremantle made last year's grand final and put in a spirited showing before eventually losing to Claremont.

However, things haven't gone to plan for the Sharks so far this season and in particular in recent times.

The Sharks were travelling reasonably well early on in the season winning four of their first six matches but since then things haven’t gone as smoothly.

East Fremantle lost a shoot out against West Perth by 23 points and then were outplayed by Claremont at Claremont Oval in Round 9 to lose by 42 points.

Following the State game break, East Fremantle then were smashed by South Fremantle in the Foundation Derby but rebounded with a solid 35-point victory over Peel.

However, losses since to West Perth and East Perth have left the Sharks on shaky ground in sixth position on the ladder and with just a 5-7 record.

Claremont loses Patrick McGinnity, Andrew Foster and Anton Hamp from the team that beat Peel Thunder two weeks ago before its Foxtel Cup victory over Southport four days later.

There are some handy inclusions, though, led by the returning Simpson Medallist Paul Medhurst as well as Fremantle's Alex Silvagni.

East Fremantle loses Fremantle's Max Duffy and West Coast's Brad Sheppard from the side that lost to East Perth last Saturday in a spirited contest.

Veteran pair Richard Hadley and Steven Dodd are important inclusions for the Sharks to take on the Tigers with Cameron Symonds, Jack Perham, Aidan Tropiano and Tom Hooker pressing for selection.

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Foxtel Cup: Anderson Resumes In Style

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 11:03 PM

Watching the sparkling bursts from the back pocket from Blake Anderson warmed the hearts of all Claremont supporters at Subiaco Oval on Tuesday night when the Tigers crushed Queensland club Southport in a Foxtel Cup match.

It was a wonderful return to action by the dashing defender who was making his first appearance for the Tigers since he suffered MCL damage to a knee in the third quarter of the second semi-final of the Foxtel Cup against Port Adelaide at the same ground 23 months ago.

That injury in mid-July 2011 ended Anderson’s season and he took a break from football last year when he travelled to America to further his university studies.

Then, after a strong pre-season preparation last summer the 24-year-old Anderson suffered serious damage to his left ankle in a scratch match against East Perth at Leederville Oval early in March. He has left no stone unturned in his recovery process and should continue his bid to regain a place in the league side when he plays in the reserves match against East Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday week.

The Tigers, the Foxtel Cup defending champions, gave a workmanlike display to defeat Southport by 54 points and will now travel to Adelaide to clash with the powerful West Adelaide side in a semi-final on Tuesday July 16.

Coach Marc Webb rested several leading players from the match against Southport and this provided the opportunity for Richard Cronin, Jack Richardson, Brendon Lim, Harry Court, Keegan Knott and Jared Hardisty to make their debut in senior ranks.

All six had their moments and it was quite remarkable that Richardson, Court and Knott each managed to score a goal with their first kick in the match.

Jeremy McGovern, recently recovered from a severe ankle injury and playing at full-forward and briefly at full-forward, shone as the outstanding performer on the night. He took 11 marks, had ten kicks and made five handpasses. He and Richardson each booted three goals and Court scored two, with his first two kicks.

Mitch Andrews was the outstanding ruckman, but, surprisingly, Southport dominated the clearances in the first half. The Tigers fared better at the clearances after half-time, thanks to Matt Davies, Tom Taylor, Tom Swift and Ben Daniher. It was quite unusual for a side which managed just four goals and was thoroughly outplayed to finish the contest with 31 clearances to Claremont’s 25. This discrepancy was due, in no small part, to many questionable umpiring decisions at stoppages.

Claremont fans delighted in the return of Swift, who retired after helping the Tigers beat East Fremantle in the league grand final last September. Swift, who is concentrating on his university studies, has been training for the past eight weeks and he was more than happy to help out, with so many players needing a well-deserved break from almost constant action.

Swift played on the ball and performed solidly, finishing with six marks, 14 kicks (including four clearances) and three handpasses. He was quickly under notice and gained his first kick after three minutes of play. This was an accurate pass to full-forward Anton Hamp, but the sortie ended with only a behind to Jack Bradshaw.

A little more than a minute later Davies, playing on the ball, sharked a Southport ruck knock from a boundary throw-in at right half-forward and delivered a pass to Richardson, who booted Claremont’s first major.

It took another six minutes for Claremont’s second goal, with busy wingman Taylor sending the ball deep into attack where McGovern gained possession and ran into an open goal. Then a great mark deep in defence by John Williams resulted in Taylor gaining possession and sending the ball to the goalsquare where Court soccered a major with his first kick in senior ranks.

Court got the next goal soon afterwards after accepting a handpass from James Thomson, who had received from Taylor. Then some good work from Swift resulted in McGovern marking and scoring his second goal. The scoreboard read Claremont 5.3 to Southport 0.0 and in the dying moments of the quarter Edward Mallan took a mark. The siren sounded and then Mallan kicked a point to get the visitors on the board.

Claremont’s sixth goal came just after four minutes into the second term, with Swift passing to Bradshaw, who got the ball on to McGovern for his third major. It was exciting to watch Anderson surging out of the back pocket and the entire defence was doing well.

Then at the 15-minute mark Williams, playing on a wing, hurt his left shoulder and took no further part in the match. The damage was not serious and he looks sure to be fit for Claremont’s next match, against East Fremantle in Kununurra next Saturday week.

A minute after the departure of Williams Daniher passed to Bradshaw, whose short pass found Davies for Claremont’s seventh goal. The eighth came less than two minutes later after some strong defensive work from Jesse Laurie and David Crawford ended with Richardson getting the ball to Knott for a goal with his first kick.

Southport’s Stephen Mills took a mark moments before the siren sounded for half-time. He then went back and scored his side’s first goal, leaving the scores at the interval 8.4 to 1.2.

The Tigers managed only two goals in the third term, the first coming after five minutes after Crawford repulsed a Southport attack and handpassed to Cronin. McGovern then took another mark before firing off a short pass to Swift for a goal. Haydn Kiel replied with a goal to Southport four minutes later and then a strong tackle by Taylor enabled Keifer Yu to boot the ball long into attack where Richardson took the mark and got his second goal.

Mallan replied with a goal to Southport to get the visitors within 45 points of the Tigers at three-quarter time. Almost eight minutes had elapsed before Southport’s busy Fraser Pope booted the first goal of the final term.

Claremont scored the final two goals of the match and a highlight of this quarter came when Claremont’s dedicated doctor Lionel Lim took a spectacular tumble on the far wing. Scans have revealed no serious damage.

It was a long kick forward from Thomson which enabled Richardson to soccer a gaol and Nick Winmar booted the final major after a good passage of play involving Swift, Thomson, McGovern and Knott.

Claremont has a bye this coming weekend and this will provide a splendid opportunity for all players to have a well-deserved rest before travelling to the north of the State for what should be a tough contest against East Fremantle on Saturday week.

The semi-final of the Foxtel Cup in Adelaide on July 16 will be against West Adelaide, who were most impressive in scoring heavily and thrashing Port Melbourne, 17.9 to 9.4 in a round one contest at the MCG.    

By Ken Casellas



Claremont 12.8 (80) beat Southport4.2 (26).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: J. McGovern, J. Richardson 3.1; H. Court 2.0; M. Davies, K. Knott, T. Swift, N. Winmar 1.0; J. Bradshaw 0.4; B. Daniher, M. Goyder 0.1. SOUTHPORT: E. Mallan 1.1; H. Kiel, S. Mills, F. Pope 1.0; 1pt forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: J. McGovern, M. Davies, T. Taylor, B. Daniher, B. Anderson, T. Swift, M. Goyder, M. Andrews, J. Richardson, J. Bradshaw. SOUTHPORT: F. Pope, S. Thynne, H. Kiel, G. Screech, S. Wish-Wilson, J. Macansh.

Unbeaten Run Comes To An End

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 2:03 AM

A soaring high-flying pack mark by Ben Higgs late in the second quarter of the match at Claremont Oval on Saturday was a rare highlight on a bleak morning for the Tigers in their round-13 match against Peel Thunder.

The seriously-depleted Claremont side struggled to score and it stumbled to a 23-point defeat against the bottom side in the competition, one which had managed just one win from its previous ten matches.

Claremont went into Saturday’s contest undefeated in 11 matches, but the side was considerably under strength, being without 14 first-choice players who were absent because of commitments with the WA under-18 squad, PSA football and the club’s reserves side.

The 17-year-old Higgs, recruited from the Railways club in Albany in Claremont’s Great Southern zone, was the outstanding player in Saturday’s match, starring in his new-found role at centre-half-back before being switched to centre-half-forward in the final quarter.

His exciting high mark three minutes before half-time thwarted a promising Peel attack and it typified his superb performance which saw him finish the match with 12 marks, 23 kicks and three effective handpasses. He rebounded the ball out of Claremont’s defensive 50m zone eight times, and for good measure he also had a match-high tally on five entries into the attacking 50m area.

Higgs made one appearance with the Claremont colts in 2012 and he did not break into the side until round four this season. He quickly came under notice at centre-half-forward and has kicked 18 goals this season, including five against South Fremantle and a couple of three-goal bags.

However, he has shone in the side’s past two matches, with coach Ben Dyer switching him to centre-half-back in the absence of captain and WA under-18 squad member Tom Barrass.

Higgs proved far too good for Jake Millward and Nathan Fahey in the first three quarters on Saturday before he enlivened the forward lines with a six-kick last-quarter effort.

Others to perform strongly on Saturday included stand-in captain Jack Beeck, ruckman-forward Timm House, midfielder Jacob Crowe and Rowen Powell (switched from defence to centre-half-forward and then into the ruck). Others who made solid contributions included Mason Whitehead (wing and half-back flank), Francis Watson (half-forward and ruck) and Luke Rosher (full-back).

The side included three debutants, 17-year-old wingers Aaron Birch (Beagle Bay7 and Aquinas College) and Navrone Galova (Balgo and La Salle College) and 16-year-old half-back flanker Bailey Rogers (Marist).

All had their moments, particularly Rogers early in the second quarter when he put in a tremendous effort on the right wing when he smothered a kick off the boot of Peel’s Dylan Beswick and followed by tackling that player.

Beeck was making his fifth appearance for the season after recovering from a series of injuries and the left-footer excelled on the ball, showing all his natural courage and zest for the ball.

The Tigers were well beaten even though they got the ball inside their attacking 50m zone 30 times to Peel’s 32. But poor disposal by foot was a most worrying aspect of the side’s performance.

Peel got to an early lead with a goal from Cody Schnaars before Beeck replied with a grand goal from deep in the right pocket. Claremont’s next goal came after Jake Anderson scrambled a pass to Nick Steens, whose kick was marked by Jake Jones.

Strong efforts late in the first quarter by defender Reece Guelfi and House kept the Thunder at bay. Guelfi drew applause for his high-flying mark at left half-back and then House again foiled the visitors with an excellent smother off the boot of Dylan Winton.

Little went right for the Tigers in the second term when they managed only three behinds, one of them forced. Peel added two goals to go into the half-time break with a 17-point advantage.

Claremont started the third quarter full of zest and zing. Beeck won the clearance at the opening bounce. He passed to Harry McCracken and then Charlie Hutton drove the ball forward where a scrimmage developed. Beeck surging downfield, gained possession and snapped a grand goal with only 50 seconds on the digital clock on the scoreboard.

House gained the clearance at the centre bounce and he got the ball on to Beeck. But this move fell down. However, two minutes later Whitehead scored an inspirational goal, charging down the right wing to burst on to a Peel clearing kick and then bursting forward to shoot accurately.

The margin in favour of Peel was just six points. Beeck and Whitehead were leading the way and forwards Jyrin Woods and Pat Wilson were lifting their games to apply tremendous pressure on the Peel defence. Higgs was still under notice and he pulled down another great defensive mark.

Woods was tackled high at a boundary throw-in and received a free-kick. Only a point resulted and the margin was cut to five points. But Peel regained control and a 50m penalty enabled the visitors to score a major off the boot of Jarrod Bowman. And when Bowman got another soon afterwards Peel had regained the ascendancy.

Dyer made some significant changes and Higgs went to centre-half-forward at the start of the last term, with House switching from the ruck to centre-half-back and Powell moving into the ruck to share duties with Watson.

Powell gained the clearance from the opening bounce and Birch had a goal on the board after 44 seconds to reduce the deficit to 11 points.

But Peel scored the next two goals to go out to a 23-point lead. At the 15-minute mark a Peel kick sailed out of bounds on the full and Higgs received the free-kick. He passed accurately to Wilson for Claremont’s sixth and final goal. The final score of Peel’s 10.10 to Claremont’s 6.11 was in stark contrast to the scoreline when the teams met previously in round seven at Rushton Park when the Tigers won, 17.16 to 5.6.

By Ken Casellas



Peel Thunder 10.10 (70) beat Claremont 6.11 (47).

Scorers---PEEL: J. Bowman 4.0; J. Millward, B. Tingey 2.0; C. Schnaars, R. Shore 1.1; B. McGowan 0.2; N. Fahey, R. Gardiner, T. Goodrick, I. Wedderburn 0.1; 2pts forced. CLAREMONT: J. Beeck 2.0; P. Wilson 1.2; A. Birch, J. Jones, M. Whitehead 1.0; J. Fiegert, N. Galova, B. Higgs, C. Hutton, F. Watson, J. Woods 0.1; 3pts forced.

Best---PEEL: B. Tingey, P. Dawson, K. Ah-Chee, B. Hancock, J. Bowman, H. Davis, I. Wedderburn. CLAREMONT: B. Higgs, J. Beeck, T. House, J. Crowe, R. Powell, M. Whithead, F. Watson, L. Rosher.

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”.

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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.