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League: Tigers Farewell Maister in Style

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 11:36 AM

A Claremont champion bid farewell to the Tiger Army at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon as a trio of new Tigers helped the team record a stirring 20-point win against Swan Districts.

Beau Maister, a life member, premiership player, Simpson medallist and State representative, who also played for West Coast and St Kilda, played the 154th and final game of his stellar career and provided the highlight of the contest when he kicked truly in the final term of the 13.12 (90) to 10.10 (70) triumph.

He was then chaired from the ground by captain Ian Richardson and Haydn Busher, and met by wife Bec and daughter Rylee.

After helping the Tigers belt out the team song, Maister spoke brilliantly in the post-match presentations, recalling his move from Albany to Perth at the age of 17 and emphasising the importance of mateship and team success.

Another Tiger also spoke, and that was debutant Dylan Smallwood, who won the players’ player award for his sensational debut, which included 23 disposals and 11 marks.

Smallwood showed his composure and superb ability to read the play, thwarting several attacks from Swans.

Shaquille Morton and Kaiden Gilbert also played their first games, highlighting what a bright future there is at Tigerland - something Maister is looking forward to watching.

Then there was Richardson, who set his great mate Maister up with a typically brilliant pass and turned the game for the Tigers in the final term with his attack on the ball and second goal.

There were also brilliant performances from midfielder Jye Bolton, who recorded 37 disposals and a game-high six inside 50s, and robust defender Bailey Rogers (24 disposals, six marks).

Despite trailing by seven points at the final change and being one player down after Lachlan Martinis suffered a broken nose and concussion in the third term, the Tigers kicked four goals to none in the final term to record their third win of the season and close to within one win of fifth-placed East Perth.

Alex Manuel returned from a knee injury and was one of five Tigers to kick two goals, along with Keifer Yu, Richardson, Tom Curren (28 disposals) and Jared Hardisty.

Defender Tony Notte (seven marks) starred for Swans with his marking and spoiling, while Jesse Turner and William Reidy kicked two goals apiece.

However, the visitors were unable to stop the rampaging Tigers from running all over them.

Swans elected to kick to the northern end of the ground in the opening term, against the breeze, and Manuel made the visitors pay when he snapped truly to give the Tigers a fast start.

Curren then did likewise, before Warrick Wilson hit back for Swans.

With Smallwood already impressing, goals from Busher and Yu gave the Tigers a 20-point lead and continued the great start, before Taryce Stewart grabbed a late major for Swans.

The result was a 14-point lead to the Tigers at quarter-time, with Bolton (13 disposals) and Nick Winmar (nine disposals, four marks) leading the way and coach Darren Harris imploring the team to stay the course.

Swans’ Todd Banfield made the Tigers pay for a poor kick in defence early in the second term, before Jack Beeck hit back courtesy of a 50m penalty.

Reidy and Turner then kicked truly either side of a major from Hardisty to cut the Tigers’ lead to seven points at half-time.

17 seconds was all it took for Yu to kick his second and give the Tigers a lightning start to the second half, before three goals in six minutes saw Swans take a six-point lead.

Hardisty and Richardson then set sail from distance to reclaim the lead for the Tigers, before two late goals gave Swans a seven-point lead at the final change.

Harris paid tribute to the defenders but implored the team to spread hard, as second goals to Manuel and Richardson gave the Tigers a six-point lead in the final term.

Repeat efforts from Jordan Law and a spearing pass from Richardson then saw Maister send the Tiger Army into a frenzy, before a second goal to Curren capped off a memorable victory.

The Tigers will aim for consecutive wins when they host West Perth at the same venue in round 11.

CLAREMONT 4.4 6.7 9.8 13.12 (90)

SWAN DISTRICTS 2.2 5.6 10.9 10.10 (70)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 2 K. Yu, I. Richardson, T. Curren, J. Hardisty, A. Manuel, 1 J. Beeck, H. Busher, B. Maister.

SWAN DISTRICTS: 2 J. Turner, W. Reidy, 1 T. Banfield, T. Watson, T. Stewart, B. Noble, M. Riggio, W. Wilson.

BEST

CLAREMONT: J. Bolton, D. Smallwood, B. Rogers, J. Beeck, J. Hardisty.

SWAN DISTRICTS: T. Notte, M. Riggio, J. Turner, M. Rogers.

By Dan Scamozzi.

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Reserves: Gallant Tigers Fall to Swans

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Claremont’s Reserves suffered a three-point defeat against Swan Districts at Claremont Oval in round 10 but remain on top of the ladder.

Despite two late goals from the Tigers, who were two players down for the second half, Swans held on to record their third win of the season, 11.7 (73) to 10.10 (70).

Corey Mitchell (concussion) and Jake Stergiou (knee) were injured in the first and second terms respectively, however, the Tigers held a 20-point lead at half-time after a dominant first half.

Swans’ five-goals-to-one third term was the difference between the teams, despite the Tigers recording 10 more inside 50s and doubling the visitors in tackles (78-39).

Midfielder Morgan Davies (28 disposals, one goal) was the Tigers’ best player and won the players’ player award for his brilliant performance, with his ability to win clearances and drive the team forward a delight to watch.

Matt Palfrey (nine marks) responded to his League omission in the best possible way by starring as an onballer and then as a forward and kicked a team-high three goals, including an outstanding snap from the boundary line in the final term.

Cooper Nitschke (20 disposals, five inside 50s) showed his versatility by playing an outstanding game on a wing, while defenders Addison Dew (21 disposals, eight marks) and Isaac Wallace (nine tackles) continued their strong form.

Bailey Bennett recorded game-high totals of 12 tackles and seven inside 50s, while Jesse Laurie captained the team for the second week running.

Swans’ Levi Ridley and Freddie Clutterbuck combined for 65 disposals, while Oskar Matthews kicked a team-high three goals.

Palfrey, Eddie Simpson, Jack Blaauw, Nick Allan and Tre Kelton came into the team which defeated Peel Thunder in round nine, with debutant Allan playing his first game of the season and Kelton making his club debut.

Tom Shanahan and Nick Yarran missed through illness, with Kaiden Gilbert, Dylan Smallwood and Shaquille Morton earning League debuts.

The Tigers elected to kick to the northern end of the ground in the opening term as a desperate smother from Jacob Sideris in midfield led to a goal to James Egan.

Jacob Coniglio hit back for Swans, before Brett Wilson snapped truly from the pocket and Palfrey marked strongly and converted to give the Tigers a 13-point lead.

A great smother from Davies signalled the Tigers’ intent and appetite for the contest as the hosts took a 15-point lead at quarter-time.

With Davies (11 disposals) setting the tone in midfield and the Tigers well ahead in tackles and inside 50s, coach Steven Armstrong paid tribute to the midfield and lauded the great quarter, before tackles from Jeremy Goddard and Palfrey in the opening minute of the second term continued the team’s ferocious attack on the ball.

With Palfrey becoming more prominent by the minute, a goal to Allan saw the Tiger mobbed by teammates and provided one of the highlights of the game and extended the lead to 21 points.

Swans responded through Matt Blake, before a great tackle from Egan earned the Tiger a free kick and Palfrey kicked his second goal.

Matthews then kicked Swans’ third, before Stergiou was helped from the field.

A goal to Davies gave the Tigers a 20-point lead at half-time, however, they were now two players down on the interchange.

Another great tackle, this time from Wallace, saw the Tigers begin the second half with the same vigour they showed in the first, before Swans slammed on three goals in four minutes.

A great tackle inside 50 saw Nick Bucknall kick a timely major for the Tigers, before Swans hit back with two more to take the lead for the first time and a three-point buffer at the final change.

Armstrong implored the Tigers to get the ball deep to Palfrey, before Ben Rushforth was reported early in the final term.

Three of the next four goals saw Swans take a 16-point lead, and despite late majors from Rushforth and Bucknall, the gallant Tigers fell just short of the visitors.

The Tigers will aim to rebound when they host second-placed West Perth in a top-of-the-table clash at the same venue in round 11.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered their third consecutive defeat after a five-point loss against Swan Districts, 9.7 (61) to 8.8 (56).

CLAREMONT 3.5 6.7 7.9 10.10 (70)

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.2 3.5 8.6 11.7 (73)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 3 M. Palfrey, 2 N. Bucknall, 1 M. Davies, B. Rushforth, B. Wilson, N. Allan, J. Egan.

SWAN DISTRICTS: 3 O. Matthews, 1 J. Coniglio, T. Yukich, L. Ridley, T. O’Brien, G. Dent, G. Ottaviano, L. Huntley, M. Blake.

BEST

CLAREMONT: M. Davies, M. Palfrey, C. Nitschke, A. Dew, I. Wallace.

SWAN DISTRICTS: L. Ridley, F. Clutterbuck, B. Fullgrabe, G. Ottaviano, J. Power.

By Dan Scamozzi.

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CFC Family Fun Day - June 16th

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 10:25 AM

This Saturday the Claremont Football Club will host their Family Fun Day Round. Details as follows:

Date: Saturday, June 16th 2018.

Round 11: Claremont v West Perth

Venue: Claremont Oval 

Kids Zone: Open from 1pm

Kids Zone includes: Bouncy Castle, Colouring-in Corner and Skills Stations with Claremont Football Club Players. 

Parade: 1:40pm (Wear your Club colours to be a part of the Junior Parade)

Game Times

Colts: 9am

Reserves: 11:30am

League: 2:15pm

*If you have received a CFC Family Fun Day Flyer present it at the entry gates to get in for FREE* (Valid for 2 x Adults & 2 Children) 

Round 10 Preview Claremont vs. Swan Districts

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Claremont host Swan Districts in a must-win clash at Claremont Oval tomorrow afternoon, in what will be the first meeting between the teams this season.

The Tigers will be aiming to return to the winners’ list, while Swans will be aiming for their third consecutive win.

Shaquille Morton has been named to make his debut, with Alex Manuel and Beau Maister set to return from injury.

Morgan Davies, Isaac Wallace, Kaiden Gilbert and Dylan Smallwood have all been named in an extended squad.

Tom Lee (groin), Ryan Murphy (groin), Matt Palfrey (omitted) and Declan McNamara (concussion) are all out of the team which lost to Peel Thunder in round nine.

A win for the Tigers will see them move to within one win of fifth-placed East Perth, who have a bye.

The club encourages the Tiger Army to attend the game.

Entry is FREE for children 15 and under.

WHERE AND WHEN:

Claremont Oval, Saturday, June 9, 1.40pm.

Reserves: 10.55am.

Colts: 8.25am.

TV AND RADIO:

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

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Played: 255.

Claremont: 156.

Swan Districts: 97.

Draws: 2.

By Dan Scamozzi

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2018 Player Quiz - Eddie Simpson

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 2:23 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Q1 Name: Ed Simpson

Q2 Nickname: Shred

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast Eagles

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Under 13's Premiership

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Roger Federer, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali

Q6 Favourite food: Red Lentil Dahl Curry with Sweet Potato Chips or Tofu Scramble on Sourdough with Avocado, Roast Tomato, Spinach and Mushrooms

Q7 Favourite movie: Mad Max

Q8 Favourite TV show: Breaking Bad

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Buddy Franklin

Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: A home gym for all my mates and family to use and a Holden Monaro for Dad because he wouldn't use the gym

Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Brookton, WA for a 10-day Vipassana

Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Conscientious, nonchalant, pragmatic, conspicuous and affable

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

  1. The Dalai Lama
  2. Neil deGrasse Tyson
  3. Lasha Talakhadze

Q14 Your most treasured possession: Time

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Enjoy some good company, exercise, be mindful, go for a cycle, walk the dog, hit the beach, watch the sunset, kick the footy, listen to podcasts, read my kindle, cook, brew some kombucha or learn something new.

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Colts 2013 and 2015, Premierships Reserves 2016 Premiership & Kicking a 50m floater after the siren to win the game against West Perth

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Jeremy Goddard

Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Ollie Eastland

Q19 Before a game I always: Drink about 1L of blended fruit and vegetables

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Blue-collar, multiple premiership team player

League: Inaccuracy Costs Tigers

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 11:06 AM

An inaccurate Claremont suffered a frustrating 11-point defeat to Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval in round nine, with the Tigers their own worst enemy in front of the big sticks.

Despite recording 13 more inside 50s and four more scoring shots, the Tigers didn’t take their opportunities in the 10.5 (65) to 7.12 (54) defeat, leaving them two wins outside the top five.

Midfielder Tom Curren (21 disposals, one goal) played his best game for the club and laid a team-high 10 tackles and won the players’ player award, with his repeat efforts in time-on of the final term resulting in a third goal to forward Tom Lee.

Defender Anton Hamp, who continues to flourish and be a model of consistency, led the way in defence, while Haydn Busher recorded an equal team-high 29 disposals and took a team-high eight marks as he gave the Tigers valuable run-and-carry.

Kane Mitchell continued his solid form and kicked two goals, while Jared Hardisty was another strong performer and laid nine tackles.

Meanwhile, Lee kicked a team-high three goals and had the better of his duel with Fremantle’s Griffin Logue.

Third-gamer Declan McNamara was concussed in the second term and took no further part in the game, while Oliver Eastland suffered a corked quad.

Fremantle’s Brandon Matera kicked a team-high three goals for Peel, while Ben Howlett laid a game-high 17 tackles and Danyle Pearce recorded a game-high 30 disposals as the accurate visitors recorded their third win of the season.

The Tigers made one change to the team who defeated South Fremantle, with Matt Palfrey returning from a calf injury and replacing the omitted Isaac Wallace.

The Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term in perfect conditions, however, the first three goals, including two to Matera, gave Peel a 15-point lead.

Great pressure from Palfrey allowed Mitchell to kick the Tigers’ opening goal, before a major to Peel’s Keegan Power gave the visitors a 15-point lead at quarter-time.

Despite the Tigers being leading clearances and inside 50s, 1.4 was a disappointing return, with coach Darren Harris imploring the team to take their chances.

Goals to Blair Bell and Matera gave Peel a strong start to the second term and 27-point lead, before Curren kicked a timely major.

Crunching tackles from Lee and Eastland reaffirmed the Tigers’ appetite for the contest, before McNamara was crunched in a pack at full-forward.

Another return of 1.4 saw the Tigers trailing by 18 points at half-time, but still very much in the contest.

A goal to Peel captain Gerald Ugle came after the Tigers squandered another shot at goal and gave the visitors a 23-point lead early in the third term, before the hosts found their radar.

The reliable Eastland and Lee both kicked truly, with the latter benefiting from an exquisite pass from captain Ian Richardson, before Lee added his second after great efforts from Keifer Yu and a pass from Curren.

This saw the Tigers trailing by just four points at three-quarter time, with Harris lauding the team’s pressure and pressing.

A second goal to Peel debutant Alex Cohen gave the visitors the first goal of every term and a nine-point lead early in the final term, before a fine snap from Mitchell saw the Tigers respond.

Goals to Brad McGowan and Bell gave Peel a 16-point lead, before a third to Lee pulled the Tigers to within 10 points in time-on.

However, there would be no late comeback, as the Tigers were left to rue missed chances and suffered their sixth loss of the season.

The Tigers will aim to rebound when they host Swan Districts at the same venue in round 10.

CLAREMONT 1.4 2.8 5.11 7.12 (54)

PEEL THUNDER 4.1 6.2 7.3 10.5 (65)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 3 T. Lee, 2 K. Mitchell, 1 T. Curren, O. Eastland.

PEEL THUNDER: 3 B. Matera, 2 B. Bell, A. Cohen, 1 G. Ugle, B. McGowan, K. Power.

BEST

CLAREMONT: T. Curren, A. Hamp, H. Busher, K. Mitchell, J. Hardisty.

PEEL THUNDER: B. Matera, B. Howlett, D. Pearce, J. Boullineau, M. Johnson.

By Dan Scamozzi.

Reserves: Impressive Tigers Bury Peel

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Claremont’s Reserves returned to the winners’ list and the top of the ladder after smashing a woeful Peel Thunder by 73 points at Claremont Oval in round nine.

The Tigers kicked 13 goals to two after quarter-time and held Peel goalless in the second and third terms as they recorded their sixth win of the season, 16.10 (106) to 4.9 (33).

The emphatic triumph featured terrific intensity, pressure, hard running, midfield dominance, 11 goal kickers and a resolute defence, led by an unflappable Tiger.

Key defender Dylan Smallwood (23 disposals) has had a brilliant start to the season and finished as the Tigers’ best player and won the players’ player award for his outstanding performance, which included a game-high 13 marks.

Addison Dew (26 disposals, 11 marks, one goal) provided excellent support and rebound, while Morgan Davies (22 disposals, one goal) won several clearances and drove the Tigers forward.

Brett Wilson was a solid contributor across half-forward and kicked three goals, including two in a row from a tight angle in the third term, while the lively James Egan also kicked three and continues to impress with his turn of speed and immaculate foot skills.

Tom Shanahan (20 disposals) returned from an ankle injury and set the tone with his attack on the ball, which included two brilliant smothers, while Jacob Sideris returned from illness and was directly involved in several goals, recorded a team-high five inside 50s, kicked a goal and led the way with his repeat efforts and hard running.

Ruckman Jeremy Goddard (49 hit-outs, one goal) gave the midfield first use, while Jesse Laurie returned and captained the team in his first game since round six.

Isaac Wallace also came into the team, with Matt Palfrey (League), Josh Bennett (hamstring), Aden Wilkins and Jack Blaauw the outs.

The Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term in perfect conditions, as a smart tap from Sideris and a handball from Egan set up Shaquille Morton for the opening goal of the game.

Wilson quickly made it two with Sideris involved again, before a well-weighted pass from Jack Lewsey set up Cooper Nitschke for the Tigers’ third and a 19-point lead.

Peel hit back with consecutive majors before Brett Milward was stretchered off the ground, as the Tigers took a six-point lead into quarter-time.

With the Tigers on top in tackles and uncontested marks, coach Steven Armstrong lauded their spreading but instructed the forwards to get front and centre.

A brilliant smother from Shanahan paved the way for Bailey Bennett to kick the Tigers’ fourth goal early in the second term after a great gather and pass from Kaiden Gilbert, before Egan finished with aplomb from a tight angle.

With Sideris becoming more prominent by the minute and inspiring the team, a great chase and tackle from Wilson earned the Tiger a free kick before another great pass from Lewsey set up Egan for his second goal, giving the hosts a 26-point lead at half-time.

Egan then kicked his third after another brilliant smother from Shanahan as the Tigers extended the lead to 34 in the third term, before Davies kicked truly after a 50m penalty and pass from Smallwood.

A great turn of speed and pass from Egan set up Sideris for the Tigers’ ninth major, before Wilson rewarded the midfield dominance with immaculate finishes from a similar position in the right-forward pocket.

Appropriately, Goddard was next to kick truly, with Lewsey recording another goal assist and the Tigers taking a 63-point lead at three-quarter time on the back of nine consecutive goals.

Armstrong paid tribute to the defence but encouraged the team to take the game on even more, before Peel’s Jake Dowding kicked the visitors’ first goal since the 21-minute mark of the opening term.

Nick Bucknall hit back with his first goal for the club and was mobbed by teammates, before the Tigers kicked three of the last four majors to cap off an impressive performance.

The Tigers will aim for consecutive wins when they host Swan Districts at the same venue in round 10.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered consecutive defeats after a 36-point loss to Peel Thunder, 12.14 (86) to 7.8 (50).

CLAREMONT 3.2 6.6 12.8 16.10 (106)

PEEL THUNDER 2.2 2.4 2.5 4.9 (33)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 3 B. Wilson, J. Egan, 2 S. Morton, 1 M. Davies, J. Goddard, B. Bennett, J. Sideris, C. Mitchell, N. Bucknall, A. Dew, C. Nitschke.

PEEL THUNDER: 1 M. Tassone, K. Ah-Chee, J. Dowding, R. Schindler-Taylor.

BEST

CLAREMONT: D. Smallwood, M. Davies, B. Wilson, A. Dew, J. Egan.

PEEL THUNDER: J Kirby, H Matthews, M Tassone, J Shine, K Scarrott.

By Dan Scamozzi.

Round 9 Preview Claremont vs. Peel Thunder

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Claremont host Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon as part of WA Day Round.

WA Day is about celebrating everything WA; the spirit, culture and heritage of our great State.

The rich history of football in the WA community stretches back to 1885 and today it is the most popular sporting code in the State with more than 330,100 active participants.

The Tigers recorded a courageous win against South Fremantle in round eight, while Peel suffered a 24-point loss against East Fremantle.

The club encourages the Tiger army to attend the game, with the Tigers aiming to record consecutive wins for the first time this season.

There will be lots of activities around the ground this weekend including the Macca's Kids Zone and a Carlton Draught Schooner Suit Race (Must be 18 years and older to enter).

Plus, if you get to the game early you have the chance to win a free child admit one pass to Grand Cinemas.  

Entry is FREE for children 15 and under

WHERE AND WHEN:

Claremont Oval, Saturday, June 2, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.

RADIO:

Tune in to Sport FM (91.3) or Footy Radio (WAFL App) for LIVE coverage. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Played: 56.

Claremont: 39.

Peel Thunder: 17.

By Dan Scamozzi.

2018 Player Quiz - Jacob Orr

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 11:47 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Q1 Name: Jacob Orr

Q2 Nickname: Orrzy

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast Eagles

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Winning the Alcock Cup in my final year of school

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Ben Cousins

Q6 Favourite food: Carbonara

Q7 Favourite movie: Any of the first 6 Star Wars

Q8 Favourite TV show: How I Met Your Mother

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: James Corden

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

Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: New York

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

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

  1. Kobe Bryant
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio
  3. Nina Dobrev

Q14 Your most treasured possession: Reusable coffee cup

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Watch Netflix

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? 2017 Colts year in general

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Damon Enosa

Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Jimmy Egan

Q19 Before a game I always: Listen to Stranger by Peking Duk

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Influential - a player that can change a game

League: Lee Collars Bulldogs

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Tom Lee has been a model of resilience in the face of adversity.

After playing just seven games in 2017 before undergoing more shoulder surgery, Lee faced another long stint on the sidelines.

However, not only has he returned, he has returned as the smart-leading, powerful-marking and accurate-kicking forward that everyone at Tigerland admires.

Lee is a heart-and-soul player who gives his all whenever he takes the field.

Against South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Saturday, scores were level at the 29-minute mark of the final term after another late challenge from the opposition looked as if it may hand the Tigers their second cruel loss in the space of seven days.

However, Lee had other ideas.

After another smart lead, Lee marked a perfectly-weighted pass from captain Ian Richardson 40m from goal.

He then calmly slotted his fourth goal as the Tigers recorded a thrilling six-point victory, 13.10 (88) to 12.10 (82).

In arguably their finest win under coach Darren Harris, mateship and blue collar were at the forefront as several wounded Tigers willed themselves to help the team record its second win of the season and snap a four-game losing streak.

A brilliant, four-goal-to-one opening term featured players being first to the footy and ferociously hitting the contest and resulted in a 14-point lead at quarter-time.

South then worked their way on top in midfield to slam on seven goals in the second and take a three-point lead at half-time, before Lee kicked the only two goals in the third to help the Tigers to an eight-point lead at the last change.

The Tigers looked to have done enough after Richardson kicked his second just before time-on in the final term, before, in an eerily similar situation to seven days earlier, the opposition rallied.

However, the Tigers remained composed, stuck to their structures, and saw their hard work rewarded as they recorded a deserved victory.

Midfielder Jared Hardisty (26 disposals, six tackles), who repeatedly sets the tone with his unwavering attack on the ball, won the players’ player award for his outstanding performance, while defender Declan Hardisty, in just his fourth game, held South’s Blaine Johnson goalless after again blanketing the dangerous forward.

Lee (six marks), who was regularly outnumbered in the first half but provided a contest and regularly brought the ball to ground, was the difference between the teams, while Jordan Law (five tackles, one goal) and Haydn Busher (23 disposals, six inside 50s) bravely returned from knocks suffered in the opening term and were strong contributors.

Joint vice-captains Kane Mitchell and Ryan Lim, and Jye Bolton (30 disposals) combined for 31 tackles, while Ryan Murphy returned from a groin injury to kick two opportunist goals.

Tiger cubs Oliver Eastland and Eddie Simpson battled manfully against South’s Brock Higgins in the ruck, while defender Anton Hamp had the better of South’s Mason Shaw.

South were led by midfielder Marlion Pickett (36 disposals) and Higgins (56 hit-outs), while Cory Dell’Olio kicked a team-high three goals, all in the second term, but were outlasted as they suffered their second loss of the season.

With Murphy, Nick Winmar, Lachlan Martinis and Simpson coming into the team for Fraser Gilbert (knee), Beau Maister (concussion) and Morgan Davies and James Egan (both omitted), the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term as an early goal to Murphy gave the visitors a great start.

An intercept mark and great finish, on the run, from Winmar then extended the advantage before South’s Shane Hockey had his game prematurely ended through concussion.

Keifer Yu, again playing as a forward, then benefited from great work from Eastland and kicked the Tigers’ third, before Matt Parker kicked South’s first.

A high bump from Pickett on Law then floored the Tiger and saw the Bulldog’s number taken, before Yu thumped through his second and the Tigers’ fourth goal from the resulting free-kick to give the visitors a 14-point lead at quarter-time.

Harris payed tribute to the team’s great start before the Tigers quickly went about extending it as goals to Murphy and Richardson pushed the lead out to 27 points early in the second term, before South awoke.

Seven goals during a blistering period gave them a 10-point lead and resulted from the work of Higgins and Pickett and the finishing of Dell’Olio as the hosts obliterated the Tigers in midfield, before Lee kicked a timely major just before half-time after a perfect kick from J. Hardisty.

With the Tigers confident they had absorbed what South could throw at them and ready to regain control of the match, brilliant passes from Winmar and Richardson set Lee up for his second and third goals early in the third term, with the spearhead helping the team to an eight-point lead at the last change.

With the Tigers now on top in most areas, Harris praised the team’s attack on the contest and encouraged them to maintain territory, however, a goal to South’s Brandon Donaldson cut the lead to just two points early in the final term.

Goals to Lim and Richardson either side of a major to South captain Dylan Main gave the Tigers a 10-point lead, before Ryan Cook and Haiden Schloithe hit back for the hosts to level the scores.

South’s Ashton Hams then sent the hosts inside 50 as they pushed for victory, however, the reliable Hamp denied them with a mark at full-back before the Tigers took the ball down the other end and Lee put the finishing touches on a famous win.

The Tigers will aim for consecutive wins when they host Peel Thunder at Claremont Oval in round nine.

CLAREMONT 4.1 8.3 10.4 13.10 (88)

SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.5 8.6 8.8 12.10 (82)

GOALS

CLAREMONT: 4 T. Lee, 2 K. Yu, I. Richardson, R. Murphy, 1 R. Lim, N. Winmar, J. Law.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 3 C. Dell’Olio, 2 M. Shaw, 1 H. Schloithe, S. Verrier, B. Donaldson, D. Main, J. Florenca, R. Cook, M. Parker.

BEST

CLAREMONT: J. Hardisty, D. Hardisty, T. Lee, J. Law, H. Busher.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: M. Pickett, D. Main, B. Higgins, S. Verrier, C. Dell’Olio.

By Dan Scamozzi