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League: Rogers Leads Tigers Past Royals

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 2:08 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

A best-on-ground performance from robust defender Bailey Rogers was one of the highlights of Claremont’s outstanding 32-point win against East Perth at Leederville Oval in round 12.

In sublime conditions and Haydn Busher’s 100th game, Rogers recorded a career-high and equal game-high 35 disposals, a career and game-high 16 marks and deservedly won the players’ player award as the dominant Tigers recorded their fourth win of the season.

The 14.11 (95) to 9.9 (63) triumph resulted from an even team performance, a determined mindset, terrific intensity, relentless pressure and excellent ball retention and electrifying ball movement as the Tigers moved to within percentage of the fifth-placed Royals.

123 more disposals, 16 more tackles, seven more inside-50s, seven more scoring shots and nine goal kickers reflected the Tigers’ superiority, however, desire was arguably the biggest difference between the teams.

Along with Rogers, midfielder Jye Bolton recorded 35 disposals but also had a game-high nine inside-50s as he dominated the clearances with his appetite for the contest and repeat efforts, while forward Tom Lee (eight marks, three goals) monstered East Perth’s defence with his work rate and contested marking.

Defender Declan Hardisty (five marks, six tackles) provided fine support for Rogers, while captain Ian Richardson, who appeared set for a big game before it had commenced, kicked a game-high four goals.

And ruckman Eddie Simpson (seven marks, 29 hit-outs, one goal), who replaced Oliver Eastland (knee) in the team, excelled against West Coast’s Nathan Vardy with his will to compete and efforts around the ground.

Meanwhile, midfielder Brayden Ainsworth (22 disposals, three goals) fought a lone hand for the Royals as they suffered their fifth consecutive loss.

Morgan Davies and Isaac Wallace were rewarded for their excellent form in the Reserves as they replaced Tom Ledger and Shaquille Morton in the team which lost to West Perth in round 11, as the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term.

Ainsworth gave the Royals first blood when he kicked the opening goal of the game, before Lee hauled in the first of his contested marks and kicked truly along with Richardson as the Tigers hit back and took an eight-point lead.

Will Maginness then kicked the Royals’ second, before Ryan Lim set sail from distance to give the Tigers a nine-point lead at quarter-time.

With the Tigers on top in most areas of the contest, coach Darren Harris lauded the team before goals to Jared Hardisty and Lee, the latter coming from another contested mark, gave them an excellent start to the second term and extended the lead to 21 points.

Lee then went from goal scorer to provider as he set Richardson up for his second before a rampaging Keifer Yu launched from distance to slam home the Tigers’ seventh major.

The Tigers’ brilliant foot skills and ball retention were denying East Perth the chance to set up their zone defence, however, late goals to Jack Petruccelle and Ainsworth pulled the hosts to within 21 points at half-time.

Further goals to Luke Partington and Matt Allen gave the Royals four in a row and cut the lead to just nine points early in the third term, before another contested mark from Lee saw the powerful Tiger kick his third goal.

Simpson was next to benefit from Lee’s superb marking and kicking as the big man kicked the Tigers’ ninth goal, before Jared Hardisty set Richardson up for his third goal.

Bolton was then reported for rough conduct after a strong tackle, before Richardson soon added his fourth and Tom Curren made the Royals pay from a 50m penalty.

Five consecutive goals in 16 scintillating minutes of play saw the Tigers take a commanding 37-point lead at the final change, with Harris imploring the team to stay the course.

Fittingly, man-of-the-moment Busher would kick the opening goal of the final term to extend the advantage, before hard running and a fine finish from the feisty Jordan Law made it seven consecutive majors and gave the Tigers a 49-point lead.

Three late goals from the Royals provided little more than consolation for the hosts, as the Tigers recorded their biggest win of the season and chaired Busher from the ground.

The Tigers will aim for consecutive wins when they face East Fremantle in Geraldton in round 13.

CLAREMONT 3.4 7.6 12.7 14.11 (95)

EAST PERTH 2.1 4.3 6.6 9.9 (63)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 4 I. Richardson, 3 T. Lee, 1 K. Yu, R. Lim, T. Curren, J. Hardisty, H. Busher, J. Law, E. Simpson.

EAST PERTH: 3 B. Ainsworth, 1 P. McGinnity, W. Maginness, L. Partington, M. Allen, J. Petruccelle, C. England.

BEST

CLAREMONT: B. Rogers, J. Bolton, T. Lee, D. Hardisty.

EAST PERTH: B. Ainsworth, L. Partington, S. Wright, W. Maginness.

 

Reserves: Tigers Suffer Royal Hiding

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 2:04 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

A listless performance from Claremont’s Reserves resulted in a 63-poing hiding from East Perth at Leederville Oval in round 12, with the Tigers belted in most parts of the contest in sublime conditions.

The 17.19 (121) to 9.4 (58) defeat continued the Tigers’ inconsistent form and saw them drop to second position on the ladder, trailing Subiaco on percentage.

The Tigers were badly exposed in mindset, effort and desire as the inaccurate Royals recorded their sixth win of the season.

Defender Jesse Laurie won the players’ player award for his resolute performance, while Tom Ledger (six tackles) responded to his League omission with a solid performance after quarter-time.

Jack Lewsey battled manfully while Bailey Bennett and James Egan each kicked two goals.

Despite being comprehensively outplayed in the first half, the Tigers started the second half brightly as second goals to Bennett and Egan pulled them to within 10 points of the Royals.

Fierce tackles from Ben Rushforth and Lewsey both resulted in free kicks and were the highlights of the brief period where the Tigers got themselves back into the contest.

However, the Royals responded and ran out big winners.

The Tigers face East Fremantle at East Fremantle Oval in round 13.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered a 16-point loss against East Perth, 8.8 (56) to 5.10 (40).

CLAREMONT 1.1 4.2 7.3 9.4 (58)

EAST PERTH 3.6 6.12 12.15 17.19 (121)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 2 B. Bennett, J. Egan, 1 T. Ledger, C. Quenby, B. Rushforth, S. Morton, N. Allan.

EAST PERTH: 4 N. Eaton, 3 A. Redhead, R. Burrows, 2 S. Hille, 1 N. Waite, M. Dobson, D. Bolton, J. Rudrum, K. Willcocks.

BEST

CLAREMONT: J Laurie, T. Ledger, J Lewsey, B. Bennett.

EAST PERTH: M. Dobson, K. La Fontaine-Roberts, N. Eaton, T. Olango.

Round 12 Preview East Perth vs. Claremont

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 10:16 AM

By Dan Scamozzi

Claremont face East Perth in a must-win clash at Leederville Oval on Saturday afternoon.

Just one win separates the eighth-placed Tigers and fifth-placed Royals, highlighting the significance of what is sure to be a fierce contest.

The versatile and reliable Haydn Busher will play his 100th game as the Tigers aim for their fourth win of the season.

The club encourages the Tiger Army to attend the game.

Entry is FREE for children 15 and under.

WHERE AND WHEN:

Leederville Oval, Saturday, June 23, 1.40pm.

Reserves: 10.55am.

Colts: 4.25pm.

TV AND RADIO:

Channel 7 will be televising the game LIVE from 1.30pm, or you can tune in to HFM (107.3FM) or Footy Radio (WAFL App).

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Played: 275.

East Perth: 153.

Claremont: 120.

Draws: 2.

Busher Hits A Hundred

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 3:09 PM

By Ken Casellas

A Jack of all trades --- and a master of them all. That’s the gifted and versatile Haydn Busher, who will chalk up his 100th match in league ranks in WAFL football when he lines up for Claremont against East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday.

It’s been a rocky road to the century for the 26-year-old Busher, who provides a shining example for triumph over adversity with his highly professional attitude and diligent preparation.

A wonderful role model at Claremont, Busher is an elite runner with strong endurance. His aggression, robust play and skill has earned him the respect of his peers and makes him a highly influential player for the Tigers.

Busher has overcome many setbacks in his football journey, which began with junior teams with Victoria Park before he graduated as a 13-year-old to Perth in a development squad before he moved seamlessly into colts football.

He excelled at centre-half-back for Western Australia in the 2009 national under-18 carnival and then was ravaged by injury and managed just 39 matches in five seasons in league ranks with Perth before seeking a fresh start with Claremont in 2015.

In recent years he has successfully managed his injury problems and has notched 60 senior matches in four seasons with the Tigers. His dreams of an AFL career are a fading memory, and his ambitions now centre around being part of a Claremont premiership side and notching 100 games for the Tigers.

In his early days in football Busher played as a key forward and also at centre-half-back.

“I’ve been used recently on a wing, and that was the final spot to be ticked off,” Busher said. “I’ve played as a key forward, as a defender, a ruckman and an inside midfielder.”

He said that he learnt to be tough when playing junior football for Victoria Park against Gosnells, Kenwick and Maddington in a rough and tough competition.

“After that I played four seasons of colts, starting when I was 15 under the late, great Wayne Orsi, who along with Percy Johnson, was very influential in my development,” he said.

Busher enjoyed being a member of the WA under-18 side which triumphed after scoring runaway victories in all five matches. “We were dominant and our closest game was when we beat Vic Country, which included Dustin Martin, by about eight goals,” he said.

“I think we had from our best 22, 18 players drafted and I was one of the four who wasn’t drafted. I didn’t expect to be drafted that year because after the carnival I suffered from bad shin soreness.”

The record shows that among those drafted from the WA side were Claremont’s Nat Fyfe, Ryan Neates, Travis Colyer, Nick Winmar and Gerrick Weedon, along with Mitch Duncan, Jack Darling, David Swallow, Brad Sheppard, Kane Lucas, Jamie Cripps, Mark Hutchings, Anthony Morabito, Blayne Wilson, Brandon Matera and Joel Houghton.

“I played four seasons of colts football before making my league debut half-way through the 2010 season,” Busher said. Then, he had a breakout year in 2011 when he played in 19 of Perth’s 20 matches and kicked 29 goals.

But in 2012 he was unable to play a single match. “I had issues with my hips which required surgery on each hip,” Busher explained. “I had further issues with my hips in 2013 when I managed only five games and a bad hamstring injury restricted me to seven matches the following season.

“The hips are still an issue for me now. It’s an anatomical thing … my body wasn’t designed to play football, so I require plenty of maintenance from the team (physios, medical and training staff) who are amazing being able to get me up and fit to play every week.

“I also have to be very diligent with my preparation and rehabilitation. The way my body is structured, if I get any knocks or injury it throws my whole system out. I don’t want to be in and out and playing average footy and being sore.”

Busher made his debut for Claremont as a key forward in the 2015 round-one match against Subiaco. “I couldn’t get a kick in a stampede and it was a strange feeling,” he said. “I’d been at Perth since I was 13 and I had had difficulty in getting a transfer.

“I didn’t get to Claremont until late January and I hadn’t built a whole lot of chemistry with the players, something which is so important. I played the first two league games and was just horrible before being demoted to the twos.

“After a couple of good weeks I got back into the league side, playing as an inside-mid. I spent the rest of 2015 as a midfielder and it was a great experience. I learnt so much from Andrew Browne, a highly knowledgeable person to learn the craft from.

“I have loved being at Claremont where there has always been a good feeling, win, lose or draw. We’ve had a couple of bad runs, and those losses have served to motivate us more, to try, train and work harder. We haven’t enjoyed the team success, but I’m confident that we are pretty close.

“So far it has been a disappointing season. But we’ve got some momentum up and if it hadn’t been for poor kicking on goal we would have won our past four games. We kicked ourselves out of it against Peel and West Perth and, definitely, we haven’t given up hope of qualifying for the finals.”

Busher also is enjoying the responsibility this year of being a member of the leadership group. “I enjoyed being out of it for a while because after my first year at Perth I was straight into the leadership group, which was probably a bit early for me,” he said. “ It was difficult being part of a group that was having to discipline players when I was only 19,” he said.

“I’m now enjoying mentoring some of our younger guys and working closely with Richo (captain Ian Richardson) and our other leaders. Missing so much footy has put into perspective how lucky I am to be able to play. I don’t have a preference where I play, though I love playing forward and kicking goals.

“This season I have played key back, as well as being used in a defensive lock-down role and, at times, as a rebounding half-back. I’ve also played on a wing and occasionally in the ruck.”

Off the field, Busher has the rewarding occupation as a medical social worker at the new Perth Children’s Hospital where he is involved in a variety of roles, including looking after complex long-term patients with profound disabilities.

“We are involved in bereavements, palliative care and we do acute-end stuff, dealing with situations in emergency and helping families to cope with injuries and illness. We also work within the areas of social issues that are really prominent in society that involve and impact kids --- helping families who are dealing with domestic violence, mental health and drug issues.

“You’re involved in a broad cross-section of society and I think if maybe I was stuck in a Claremont bubble I’d definitely wouldn’t be exposed to some of things I am through my work.

“It helps to keep life in perspective and how lucky we are to be healthy.”                         

2018 Player Quiz - Dylan Smallwood

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Get to know our Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

Q1 Name: Dylan Smallwood

Q2 Nickname: Smally

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast Eagles

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Under 17s premiership

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Shaquille O’Neill

Q6 Favourite food: Pork ribs

Q7 Favourite movie: Transformers

Q8 Favourite TV show: Family Guy

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Kendrick Lamar

Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: A house

Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Greece

Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Easy going

Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:

  1. Patty Dangerfield
  2. Kevin Hart
  3. Will Smith

Q14 Your most treasured possession: Premiership and sporting medallions

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? video games, go to the beach, shopping

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? 2016 Colts premiership

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Brett Wilson

Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Tom Lee

Q19 Before a game I always: Listen to music

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Tough and courageous defender

League: Wasteful Tigers Pipped by Falcons

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Inaccuracy and a dubious goal-umpiring decision saw Claremont suffer a frustrating one-point loss to West Perth at Claremont Oval in round 11.

In a contest featuring high numbers around the ball and repeat stoppages resulting in more than 150 tackles being laid, forward Kaiden Gilbert looked to have won the game for the Tigers with a booming kick from a tight angle in the closing stages of the final term.

However, despite the goal umpire appearing ready to signal a goal, the field and boundary umpires intervened and a behind was awarded, with West Perth ruckman Chris Keunen adjudged to have touched the ball “before” it had crossed the goal line.

It was a bitter pill for Claremont to swallow in captain Ian Richardson’s 200th game, however, it never should have come to that, with the Tigers butchering several easy shots at goal in the 9.8 (62) to 8.13 (61) defeat.

Despite winning the second, third and final terms, recording 64 more disposals, three more inside-50s and four more scoring shots, the Tigers were made to pay for not taking their chances.

Defender Anton Hamp, who blanketed West Perth forward Tyler Keitel (one goal) and has transformed himself into arguably the best defender in the competition, was Claremont’s best player and won the players’ player award, while ruckman Oliver Eastland (15 disposals, eight marks, 43 hit-outs) is getting better with every game he plays.

Lachlan Martinis (21 disposals) gave the Tigers great rebound from defence alongside Bailey Rogers, who was given the job of stopping West Perth’s Jay van Berlo (one goal) and did so with aplomb, while vice-captain Kane Mitchell (six tackles) recorded a team-high 33 disposals.

And then there was Gilbert, who hauled in seven marks, kicked four goals and gave Eastland great support in the ruck (12 hit-outs), all in just his second game.

West Perth’s Andrew Strijk (10 marks) gave the Tigers a lesson in straight kicking with five goals, including 4.0 in the first half, while midfielder Luke Meadows’ strength in the contest proved invaluable for the visitors.

Forward Tom Lee replaced his retired teammate Beau Maister, who acted as the team’s runner, in the only change to the team which defeated Swan Districts in round 10, as the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term in perfect conditions.

Two goals to Strijk in the opening five minutes served as a warning of things to come, before a left-foot snap from Gilbert gave the Tiger his first major in League ranks.

With midfielder Tom Curren already busy, a high-flying mark from Rogers at the other end briefly halted West Perth before van Berlo kicked the visitors’ third.

A great tackle inside-50 then saw Gilbert reply with his second and pulled the Tigers to within six points at quarter-time, despite the hosts trailing in tackles and inside-50s.

Coach Darren Harris lauded the defenders but implored the team to gain its composure, and despite wasting simple chances in front of goal in the second term, man-of-the-moment Richardson grabbed the lead for the Tigers at the 18-minute mark.

Strijk then replied with two more goals either side of a third to Gilbert as West Perth maintained their narrow lead at half-time.

A fifth to Strijk early in the third term turned a headache for the Tigers’ coaching staff into a migraine, before Gilbert replied with his fourth in what was becoming a shootout between the master and the apprentice.

Goals to Steven Potente and Keitel gave West Perth a 14-point lead and some breathing space, before Alex Manuel and Keifer Yu pulled the Tigers to within two points at the final change.

With Harris praising the efforts of Eastland, imploring the team to run, win territory and be clean with its skills, a great tackle from second-gamer Dylan Smallwood prevented former Tiger Keegan Knott from extending West Perth’s lead in the final term.

West Perth captain Aaron Black then gave the visitors an eight-point lead at the 12-minute mark, before Haydn Busher pulled the Tigers to within two points at the 26-minute mark.

Gilbert then thought, along with just about everyone at the venue, that he’d landed the knockout blow, however, it wasn’t to be, as the Tigers suffered their seventh loss of the season.

The Tigers face East Perth at Leederville Oval in round 12.

CLAREMONT 2.2 4.5 7.10 8.13 (61)

WEST PERTH 3.2 5.3 8.6 9.8 (62)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 4 K. Gilbert, 1 K. Yu, I. Richardson, H. Busher, A. Manuel.

WEST PERTH: 5 A. Strijk, 1 A. Black, J. van Berlo, S. Potente, T. Keitel.

BEST

CLAREMONT: A. Hamp, O. Eastland, L. Martinis, B. Rogers, K. Mitchell, K. Gilbert.

WEST PERTH: L. Meadows, A. Strijk, S. Potente, Z. Guadagnin, M. Peirce.

By Dan Scamozzi.

Reserves: Ruthless Tigers Smash Falcons

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 2:32 PM

A ruthless and vigorous performance from Claremont’s Reserves saw the Tigers obliterate a woeful West Perth by 72 points in perfect conditions at Claremont Oval in round 11.

The 16.16 (112) to 6.4 (40) triumph - the Tigers’ seventh win of the season – moved them one win clear at the top of the ladder and featured great intensity and trademark pressure.

23 more inside-50s, 22 more scoring shots and nine goal kickers reflected the Tigers’ dominance as they won every quarter, however, the team’s intent to hunt the opposition with relentless chasing and fierce tackling was perhaps the highlight of the performance.

And when it comes to intent and fierce tackling, the robust Isaac Wallace (20 disposals, five tackles), who was Claremont’s best player and won the players’ player award, showed the way with his relentless attack on the contest off a half-back flank.

Midfielder Morgan Davies (30 disposals, three goals) has put together an outstanding month of football since being omitted from the League team and was one of three Tigers to record six inside-50s, while Eddie Simpson (six marks) was another strong contributor.

Brett Wilson kicked a game-high four goals, including three in the third term, while Nick Bucknall (six inside-50s) and James Egan (seven tackles, six inside-50s) kicked two apiece.

Meanwhile, Jesse Laurie (19 disposals, six marks) marshalled the backline and kept West Perth’s Rudy Riddoch scoreless, while Jacob Orr (five marks) played his first game of the season and made a promising debut in defence.

Acting captain Tom Shanahan (24 disposals) and Declan McNamara (seven tackles, one goal) were the other inclusions, with Corey Mitchell (concussion), Jake Stergiou (knee) and Tre Kelton going out of the team which lost to Swan Districts in round 10.

West Perth’s Matt Guadagnin recorded a team-high 26 disposals while Conal Lynch and Dylan Yem each kicked two goals for the visitors.

With the Tigers kicking to the northern end of the ground in the opening term, a contested 12 minutes of play unfolded as both teams tried to gain the early ascendancy, before Rhett Lloyd kicked the opening goal of the game.

West Perth’s Tyson Moulton then made the Tigers pay for a turnover in midfield, before a fierce tackle from Wallace and a brilliant pass from Ben Rushforth saw Bucknall kick the first of his two goals.

Bailey Bennett was then rewarded for a tackle inside-50 and kicked the Tigers’ third, before McNamara applied a great finish from the pocket following a great attack on the ball from Addison Dew.

The result was a 21-point lead to the Tigers at quarter-time off the back of eight more contested disposals and six more clearances, with coach Steven Armstrong lauding the team’s “switched-on” attitude and the defenders.

An inspiring chase and tackle from Egan in the opening minute of the second term earned the tenacious Tiger a free kick and reaffirmed the Tigers’ appetite for the contest, before Lynch kicked West Perth’s second goal.

A great chain of handballs along the boundary line resulted in Davies kicking the Tigers’ fifth major and was followed by outstanding tackles from Dew and Rushforth, before Egan provided another inspirational chase and tackle to earn himself a second free kick for the term.

Bucknall then kicked his second before Matt Palfrey became the Tigers’ sixth goal scorer for the half after being found by Egan, with a great tackle from Simpson instigating the move.

The result was a 35-point lead at half-time, which quickly became 47 after two quick goals from Wilson to start the second half.

Yem then kicked two of his own before Fraser Foley gave the Falcons three in three minutes.

With the Tigers needing to switch back on, Wilson soon added his third before Egan turned sharply and finished with aplomb.

Brilliant smothers in defence from Palfrey and Laurie then denied West Perth as the Tigers took a 43-point lead at the final change.

Armstrong praised the team for responding to the challenge, before imploring them to finish the job.

A dazed Egan briefly left the field early in the final term but would soon return, as a booming finish from Wilson gave the Tiger his fourth goal and extended the lead to 51 points.

Davies and Egan soon kicked their second goals, with the latter resulting from an interception and four running bounces from Cooper Nitschke, the last of which didn’t quite go exactly to plan, as the lead ballooned to 64.

Lynch then kicked his second for West Perth, before Davies, this time on his non-preferred right foot, kicked his third and Jacob Sideris became the Tigers’ ninth goal kicker as the hosts applied the finishing touches to a brilliant performance.

The Tigers will aim for consecutive wins when they face fifth-placed East Perth at Leederville Oval in round 12.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts ended a three-game losing streak, defeating West Perth by two points, 7.9 (51) to 7.7 (49).

CLAREMONT 4.4 7.7 11.10 16.16 (112)

WEST PERTH 1.1 2.2 5.3 6.4 (40)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 4 B. Wilson, 3 M. Davies, 2 N. Bucknall, J. Egan, 1 M. Palfrey, B. Bennett, J. Sideris, R. Lloyd, D. McNamara.

WEST PERTH: 2 C. Lynch, D. Yem, 1 T. Moulton, F. Foley.

BEST

CLAREMONT: I. Wallace, M. Davies, E. Simpson, B. Wilson, N. Bucknall.

WEST PERTH: M. Guadagnin, C. Lynch, L. Johns, J. Turner.

By Dan Scamozzi. 

 

Round 11 Preview Claremont vs. West Perth

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 9:33 AM

It will be a big day on and off the field at Claremont Oval on Saturday when Claremont host West Perth, with a club legend to reach another milestone in his remarkable career.

The Tigers will be aiming for consecutive wins, with their inspirational captain, Ian Richardson, to play his 200th game.

Richardson, a dual premiership player, best-and-fairest winner and Simpson medallist, who has represented Western Australia on six occasions, is a heart-and-soul player who gives his all every time he takes the field.

Midfielder Jye Bolton, a Sandover medallist, best-and-fairest winner and dual Simpson medallist, who has represented Western Australia on three occasions, has been a model of consistency since joining the club from Werribee and will play his 50th game.

Off the field, the club will be hosting its Family Fun Day, with lots of activities for the kids, including a Junior Parade. 

Bring the family down for a great day at the footy and to watch the Tigers take on the Falcons.

The club will also be joining the fight against MND by participating in the #Sockit2MND round, to raise funds and awareness for Fight MND

Our League players will be wearing the #BigFreeze4 socks during the game and there will also be donation tins around the club.

For more information or to donate, head to www.fightmnd.org.au.

The club encourages the Tiger Army to attend the game & to stay for presentions to celebrate Ian's 200th game. 

Entry is FREE for children 15 and under.

WHERE AND WHEN:

Claremont Oval, Saturday, June 16, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.

RADIO:

Tune in to ABC Radio (720AM) or Footy Radio (WAFL App) for LIVE coverage. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Played: 267.

Claremont: 110.

West Perth: 156.

Draws: 1.

By Dan Scamozzi.

Richardson’s Milestone

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Ian Richardson is an all-time great of the Claremont Football Club and Tigers fans will pay tribute to his outstanding contribution to the club when he leads the league side into battle against West Perth at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon.

The brilliant 30-year-old, whose enormous value to Claremont is often understated because of his impeccable demeanour and professional no-nonsense attitude, will become only the ninth man to play 200 senior matches for the Tigers.

He is also a member of the illustrious group of outstanding Claremont footballers who have appeared in more than 100 winning league matches. There have been more than 1200 men who have represented Claremont in league ranks, but Richardson is one of just 11 who has been on a winning side on one hundred or more occasions.

And another milestone is just around the corner. The dynamic left-footer has scored 381 goals in 195 league appearances and is firmly on target to become the fourth-highest goalkicker in Claremont’s 93-year history. It should be only a matter of time when Richardson overhauls Wayne Harvey’s tally of 389 goals from 217 matches to move into fourth position behind Warren Ralph (564 goals), George Moloney (555) and Chad Jones (404).

Richardson, captain this year after three seasons as vice-captain, also scored four goals in four Foxtel Cup matches and 13 in six appearances for Western Australia.

Richardson is an ornament to the game and is a consummate team player who inspires his teammates with his dedication in his preparation and his fearless and wonderfully skilful play.

“Obviously, getting to 200 is a fair achievement, but it is not something you start out aiming for,” he said. “Our club has been going for a long time, so it’s nice to be part of history and get my name on the 200-club list. And I’m pretty proud to get up there in the goalkicking as well.”

Richardson never dreamt he would achieve as much as he has in a star-studded career during which he has missed just two league matches through injury. And that is due to a major extent by his professional attitude in leaving no stone unturned in preparing his mind and body for every season and every match.

“I’ve been very lucky with injuries and I didn’t miss many games in the colts and reserves as well,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of my teammates miss a lot of games, players like Jake Murphy and Aaron Holt. So, you never take it for granted that you will not get injured. I try to do all I can to keep my body fit and healthy. That’s the most important thing. You’ve got to get to the gym and get strong and prepare well to play at this State league level.”

Richardson was a member of Claremont’s 15’s development squad and was 16 when he broke into the colts side in 2004. He continued with the colts in the following two years and was captain of the side in 2006 when he won the club’s fairest-and-best award and the Jack Clarke Medal as the best player in the WAFL colts competition as well as being chosen in the WAFL colts Team of the Year.

He graduated to the reserves side in 2007 when he finished third in the club’s fairest-and-best award. He then had a spectacular debut season in league ranks in 2008 when he won the fairest-and-best award, the E. B. Cook Medal, and the Simpson Medal as Western Australia’s best player in the interstate match against Queensland in Townsville. He was also Claremont’s leading goalkicker, with 62 majors, and after the extreme disappointment of losing the 2010 grand final by a solitary point to Swan Districts, he was a shining light in Claremont’s premiership triumphs in 2011 and 2012.

Richardson’s high-quality form never waned and he represented his State with distinction in his first six seasons as a league player before he took a year off in 2014 to travel the world. He returned refreshed for the 2015 season and since then has delighted all Claremont supporters with his fierce attack on the ball, his strong tackling and deft disposal by hand and foot.

Richardson, preparing for a tough encounter with West Perth on Saturday, recalls that his league debut was against West Perth at Claremont Oval when he kicked two or three goals and helped the Tigers to win the match. “Kepler Bradley was playing for West Perth and I well remember that he smashed me in a tackle,” he said. Bradley is now an assistant league coach at Claremont and is planning for ways to beat the Falcons this week.

“And I have fond memories of my 150th senior match,” Richardson said. “It was against West Perth at Joondalup and we won by two points after Jake Murphy kicked a goal in the dying minutes to get us into the finals the following week. Hopefully, we can get the same result this week.

“West Perth are a strong outfit; they’ve got a very strong midfield with Shane Nelson, Aaron Black and Luke Meadows, and Tyler Keitel is playing well, up forward. So, we’ve got a big job on our hands --- and I’m looking forward to it.”

Richardson said that he was becoming accustomed to the responsibility of being captain of the Claremont side, saying: “I think I struggled a bit at the start. I haven’t been a captain since I was captain of the colts team in 2006. I’ve been in the leadership group for the past few years, so I had an idea what it was all about. I think I Was trying too much in the first month or so, thinking about other players and over-thinking it a bit.

“I probably wasn’t playing my best footy, and then in the past month or so I’ve simplified it and the best way to lead is to play well and lead by example.” He agreed that moving from a forward flank or pocket to have a turn on a centre wing in recent matches was an enjoyable experience. “Defenders can get comfortable playing on you and obviously the ball is not always in the forward line,” he said. “Therefore, it is good to get involved in the midfield.”

He said that he was coming terms with having to go out and play against West Perth without Beau Maister in the side. “It is very sad to have Beau leave us after 12 years or so of service,” he said. “He’s been a great club stalwart and we’re stoked that we were able to get across the line for him when we beat Swan Districts last Saturday. He’s a legend of a bloke and a legend of a player.

“It’s our aim to qualify for the finals this year. We got off to a slow start and had a disappointing five or six games.  We were definitely under-performing and so we were pretty frustrated with our slow start. Now we seemed to have finally clicked, beating top-three sides South Fremantle and Swan Districts. And we should have beaten Peel as well.”

Richardson has been impressed with the performances of several newcomers, including Dylan Smallwood, Shaquille Morton and Kaiden Gilbert who made splendid league debuts against Swans last Saturday.

“That trio and other debutants this season, including defenders Dec Hardisty and Fraser Gilbert, and a lot of others are going to be the future of the club,” Richardson said.

While the spotlight will be focused on Richardson on Saturday afternoon, powerful midfielder Jye Bolton will be happy to take a back-row seat to the inspirational captain while he (Bolton) celebrates his 50th league appearance for the Tigers.

By Ken Casellas

2018 Player Quiz - Declan Hardisty

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Get to know our Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

Q1 Name: Declan Hardisty

Q2 Nickname: Dec

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast Eagles

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Winning Colts Grand Final 2016

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Sidney Crosby

Q6 Favourite food: Calamari

Q7 Favourite movie: Lawrence of Arabia

Q8 Favourite TV show: Detectorists

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Mark Zuckerberg

Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Property to build a house

Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Israel

Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Strange

Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:

  1. Sidney Crosby
  2. Bjarke Ingels
  3. Keanu Reeves

Q14 Your most treasured possession: Health

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Swim, watch NHL hockey, eat a lot, play road hockey, watch a movie.

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Winning Colts Grand Final 2016

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Josh Bennett

Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Jared Hardisty

Q19 Before a game I always: Eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Ruthless team player