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League Report: Inaccurate Tigers Pipped By Falcons

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 11:34 AM

By Dan Scamozzi

A frustrating season for Claremont culminated in a four-point loss to West Perth at Claremont Oval on Saturday, which saw the Tigers finish in seventh position on the ladder with an 8-12 record.

78 more disposals, 67 more marks, 23 more inside 50s and six more scoring shots confirmed that the Tigers dominated most areas of the game, however, inaccuracy in front of goal resulted in a 10.14 (74) to 12.6 (78) loss.

The first term, where Claremont recorded nine scoring shots to three with the breeze at their backs but failed to put the Falcons away, ultimately came back to haunt the Tigers, who, despite leading at every change, couldn’t hold on and missed the opportunity to sneak into the top five.

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Development Report: Dominant Tigers Pounce On Falcons

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 10:48 AM

By Dan Scamozzi

A relentless performance from Claremont’s Reserves culminated in a 71-point hammering of West Perth at Claremont Oval on Saturday and has the Tigers primed for a big finals series.

The 17.7 (109) to 5.8 (38) demolition gave the Tigers their fourth consecutive win and resulted from an even performance across the team, 102 more disposals, 15 more inside 50s, 11 more scoring shots and eight goal kickers.

The result means Claremont secured second position on the ladder, a double chance and will face Subiaco in the qualifying final.

44 disposals, relentless running and a will to get to contest after contest saw Tom Ledger finish as Claremont’s best player, with Matt Davies (38 disposals, five tackles, seven inside 50s, two goals) in strong support.

Ruckman Jeremy Goddard (15 disposals, 43 hit-outs) had the better of his duel with West Perth’s Chris Keunen, while Tom Shanahan (32 disposals) attacked the contest with vigour and helped set the tone for the Tigers.

Dylan Holt (10 marks, two goals) worked hard in the forward line, while debutant Fraser House (five tackles) won the players’ player award after a promising debut on a half-back flank.

The win also featured an even performance from Claremont’s forward line, with Eddie Simpson (10 marks, three goals), Jack Richardson (10 marks, three goals), Kaiden Gilbert (three goals) and Corey Mitchell (two goals) all complimenting each other.

In further good news, Jesse Laurie returned from injury for his first game at any level since round 17, with Nick Winmar also among the inclusions and Harrison Wroth lining up for his first game since round seven.

Rudy Riddoch kicked two goals for West Perth, but was their only multiple goal kicker as the eighth-placed Falcons were held goalless in the third term and finished their season with consecutive losses.

A goal to Davies gave Claremont first blood and an early lead, before Richardson left the field with a dislocated finger.

A free-kick to Mitchell five minutes later saw the speedy Tiger kick the team’s second, before Goddard made a goal-saving interception at the other end.

Riddoch then kicked West Perth’s first major, before Gilbert kicked truly after a booming pass from John Williams.

Repeat efforts by Ben Rushforth at half-back reaffirmed Claremont’s appetite for the contest, before Mitchell Van Berlo kicked the Falcons’ second major.

Contested efforts by Ledger and a high kick from Goddard saw Simpson haul in a strong mark, kick the Tigers’ fourth goal and give the team a 10-point lead at quarter-time.

With the opening three minutes of the second term played exclusively in West Perth’s forward half, a goal to Martin Geraghty pulled the visitors to within two points, before the Tigers hit back with three consecutive majors.

A goal to Keunen kept West Perth within touch, before an arrow from the left-forward pocket from Holt gave the Tigers a 20-point lead at half-time.

A five-goal-to-nil third term saw the Tigers turn for home with an unassailable 51-point lead, before Simpson started the final term by kicking his third major and giving Claremont seven consecutive goals.

A goal-saving interception by Declan Hardisty denied West Perth their fifth goal, before Riddoch kicked his second and the Falcons’ first major since the 21-minute mark of the second term.

However, a third to Richardson and second majors to Holt and Davies capped off an impressive win and gave the Tigers 10 of the last 11 goals of the game.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts secured second position on the ladder, a double chance and will face Swan Districts in the qualifying final after mauling West Perth by 88 points, 18.16 (124) to 5.6 (36).

CLAREMONT 4.0 8.2 13.4 17.7 (109)

WEST PERTH 2.2 4.6 4.7 5.8 (38)


CLAREMONT: 3 K. Gilbert, J. Richardson, E. Simpson, 2 M. Davies, D. Holt, C. Mitchell, 1 N. Winmar, M. Bentley.

WEST PERTH: 2 R. Riddoch, 1 C. Keunen, M. Geraghty, M. Van Berlo.


CLAREMONT: T. Ledger, M. Davies, J. Goddard, T. Shanahan, D. Holt.

WEST PERTH: C. Lynch, R. Hutchinson, M. Peirce, B. James.










Tigers seek to emulate 1964 feat

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Does history repeat itself? Diehard Claremont supporters certainly hope that it does.

This week the Tigers are in the same position as they were 53 years ago, destined to miss playing in the finals unless they achieve victory over West Perth in the final round of qualifying fixtures.

With one round of matches to be decided on Saturday, Claremont must beat West Perth at Claremont Oval to have any hope of reaching the finals in fifth place.

Fifty-three years ago, Claremont needed to beat West Perth at Leederville Oval in the final round of qualifying fixtures to displace the Cardinals from fourth spot and earn the right to meet Subiaco in the first semi-final. West Perth and Claremont went into the contest each with 44 points, with West Perth in fourth position with a superior percentage (108.03) to Claremont’s 107.86.

It was a simple situation: The winner would finish fourth and the loser would finish fifth and miss the finals.

On Saturday September 12, 1964, a record crowd of 21,446 packed Leederville Oval to witness one of the most exciting games in WAFL history. West Perth held the early ascendancy and led, 4.2 to 1.2 at quarter-time before a couple of superb goals from teenager John Parkinson changed the course of the game. The Tigers booted seven goals in the second term and led by a solitary goal at half-time.

The margin was seven points in favour of Claremont at three-quarter time and this was extended to three goals at the final siren which was the signal for ecstatic Claremont fans to celebrate wildly.

A week later, Claremont appeared in a final-round match for the first time for 12 years --- after finishing last in the two previous years. In a fairytale finish to the year the Tigers beat Subiaco by two goals in the first semi-final, Perth by nine points in the preliminary final and East Fremantle by four points in the memorable grand final to break a 24-year premiership drought.

This year the situation leading into the final set of qualifying matches is not as simple as it was for Claremont back in 1964. A win over West Perth will lift the Tigers past the Falcons on the premiership table. But to qualify for the finals Claremont must beat West Perth and Subiaco must defeat East Perth at Leederville Oval on Saturday. That would leave East Perth, Claremont and West Perth all on 36 points and fifth spot and an appearance in the finals will boil down to percentages.

West Perth go into this week’s match with a percentage of 86.23, considerably inferior to Claremont (103.23) and East Perth (106.29). For Claremont to edge past East Perth with a better percentage, The Tigers will need to beat West Perth by almost five goals and Subiaco must beat East Perth by a similar margin --- or the overall differential must be about nine or ten goals.

It is an intriguing situation that will have fans on the edges of their seats at Claremont and Leederville Ovals on Saturday.


Round 23 Preview Claremont v West Perth

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 2:23 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

It’s a simple equation when seventh-placed Claremont host sixth-placed West Perth at Claremont Oval in the final round of the home-and-away season on Saturday.

Win, and the Tigers are still a chance of finishing in fifth position and qualifying for finals, providing Subiaco defeat fifth-placed East Perth.

The Tigers are currently one win and 3.06% outside the top five, while the Falcons will also be aiming to keep their finals chances alive.

The Tigers will enter the game full of confidence after defeating Swans by 24 points in round 22, and aim to record consecutive wins for the first time since rounds 13-14.

The Tigers and Falcons met at the same venue back in round 14, with Claremont prevailing by two points in a game decided after the final siren.


Claremont Oval, Saturday, August 26, 2.10pm.

Reserves: 11.25am.

Colts: 8.55am.


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Played: 265.

Claremont: 110.

West Perth: 154.

Draws: 1.


  1. Calling on the Tiger army. More than any other time this season, the team needs your support. The club encourages ALL Claremont members and supporters to attend the game, turn the venue into a fortress and cheer the mighty Tigers to victory.
  2. Six of the last seven games between the Tigers and Falcons have been decided by 10 points or less. With so much at stake, another thriller could be on the cards.
  3. In 2015, Claremont entered the final round of the home-and-away season needing to defeat West Perth to finish in the top five, which they did. Will history repeat itself?



Development Report: Wounded Tigers Overcome Swans

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:03 AM

By Dan Scamozzi

Despite losing three players to injury and trailing by 13 points at three-quarter time, a five-goal-to-one final term saw Claremont’s Reserves defeat Swan Districts by 13 points at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.

The 10.11 (71) to 8.10 (58) victory gave the Tigers their 13th of the season and was full of heart and determination.

A three-goal-to-one second term saw Claremont take a 24-point lead at half-time, before Swans hit back with five goals to nil in the third.

Then, sparked by the bullocking Matt Davies in midfield, who responded to his League omission in the best possible way, the Tigers surged home to record one of their best wins of the season just seven days after doing likewise against South Fremantle.

Davies (30 disposals, eight clearances, six tackles, seven inside 50s), finished as Claremont’s best player, while Declan Hardisty led the way in defence.

Jacob Sideris, who got to contest after contest and provided the team with his trademark run-and-carry, was another key performer, while Dylan Holt, who played a selfless role on Swans’ Brandon Erceg after half-time and nullified the impact of the Black Duck, won the players’ player award.

Max Bentley (20 disposals, two goals) and Tom Ledger (35 disposals, eight inside 50s) provided the team with invaluable drive, with Ledger’s 55m left-footed torpedo in the final term sealing a brilliant win and ending Swans’ three-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, Ben Higgs, Jack Griffiths, Harry Sinclair and Ben Rushforth all performed strongly after coming into the team who defeated the Bulldogs.

However, Tom Lawrence and Aden Wilkins both suffered shoulder injuries, while John Williams reinjured the same hamstring which sidelined him from rounds 13-20.

Swans were best served by Erceg, Jackson Slater (27 disposals, 12 marks, eight inside 50s), Chad Daniels and ruckman Troy Yukich (55 hit-outs), but suffered their first loss since round 17.

A kick-to-advantage by Bentley allowed Jake Stergiou to run into an open goal and give the Tigers first blood, before Brayden Noble replied for Swans.

A high-flying mark by Williams then lit up the contest, before Jack Richardson limped from the field.

A late goal to Tom Shanahan gave the Tigers an eight-point lead at quarter-time, however, coach Kepler Bradley implored the team to tidy up their skill errors.

With Richardson returning to the field, a goal to Eddie Simpson extended Claremont’s lead to 15 points early in the second term, before Brett Wilson made Swans pay from a 50m penalty.

Ethan Maguire replied for Swans, before a crunching tackle by Chris (CJ) Oakley at half-back won the tenacious Tiger a free-kick.

A quick kick out of the pack saw Bentley give the Tigers a 24-point lead at the main break, however, the team were now two players down on the interchange bench.

With this advantage and the breeze at their backs, Swans slammed on 5.8 to 0.1 in the third term to blow the game open and take a 13-point lead at the final change, with the Tigers needing to regain their composure.

Another goal to Swans made it six in a row and had the Tigers on the ropes, before a second to Bentley gave Claremont their first since the 25-minute mark of the second term.

Wilkins was then forced from the field, before Rushforth pulled the Tigers to within seven points.

An arm wrestle engulfed the next 12 minutes of play, before Higgs banged through a goal from 60m to give the Tigers three in a row and a one-point lead at the 21-minute mark of the final term.

A holding-the-ball free-kick saw Holt kick the Tigers’ ninth major, before Ledger capped off a resilient win in style.

The Tigers will aim to record their fourth consecutive win when they host West Perth at Claremont Oval in round 23.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts replaced Swan Districts in second position on the ladder after defeating the Black Ducks by 16 points, 5.8 (38) to 3.4 (22).

CLAREMONT 2.3 5.7 5.8 10.11 (71)

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.1 2.1 7.9 8.10 (58)


CLAREMONT: 2 M. Bentley, 1 D. Holt, B. Rushforth, B. Wilson, J. Stergiou, E. Simpson, B. Higgs, T. Ledger, T. Shanahan.

SWAN DISTRICTS: 2 B. Noble, E. Maguire, 1 R. Manton, J. Andersson, C. Daniels, L. Ridley.


CLAREMONT: M. Davies, D. Hardisty, J. Sideris, D. Holt, M. Bentley.

SWAN DISTRICTS: B. Erceg, J. Slater, C. Daniels, T. Yukich, T. Raynor.

League Report: Dominant Tigers Still Alive

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 11:01 AM

By Dan Scamozzi

Claremont’s finals chances, which appeared over following the round 21 loss to South Fremantle, are still alive after the Tigers defeated Swan Districts by 24 points at Steel Blue Oval on Saturday.

The 13.17 (95) to 11.5 (71) triumph, combined with Perth’s five-point victory against East Perth, means the Tigers are just one win and 3.06% outside the top five with one round remaining in the home-and-away season.

To replace fifth-placed East Perth and qualify for finals, the Tigers must defeat sixth-placed West Perth in the final round and rely on Subiaco defeating the Royals.

154 more disposals, 19 more inside 50s and 14 more scoring shots reflected Claremont’s dominance from a statistical perspective, however, the Tigers’ attack on the contest secured their eighth win of the season.

Kicking with a howling breeze towards the eastern end of the ground in the opening term, the Tigers peppered the goals but could only manage 2.7 and a 12-point lead at quarter-time, before Swans slammed on six goals to two in the second and took an 11-point lead at half-time.

The Tigers then slammed on 6.6 to 0.1 in the third, before withstanding a final-term fightback from the hosts to keep their season alive.

Sandover medallist Jye Bolton, who hasn’t missed a game since joining the club from Werribee, continued his outstanding second half of the season to finish with a game-high 41 disposals and nine inside 50s, while Haydn Busher (33 disposals, 10 marks) led the way in defence.

Jared Hardisty (26 disposals) laid a game-high eight tackles, set the tone with his attack on the contest and kicked two goals, while Matt Guelfi (two goals) continued his terrific form and kicked the all-important first major of the final term.

Matt Palfrey, playing his first League game since round 12, kicked three outstanding goals during Claremont’s third-term blitz, while Ian Richardson kicked three majors for the second time in seven days.

Oliver Eastland (seven marks, one goal), playing just his fourth League game, won the players’ player award for his terrific efforts around the ground, highlighted by a desperate chase of Swans’ Adam Faulkner in the final term which resulted in the Black Duck kicking the ball out of bounds on the full.

Fraser Gilbert was rewarded for his consistent form in the Reserves with a debut and didn’t disappoint, however, Josh Bennett’s debut lasted less than a minute, with the Tiger cub knocked out and stretchered off the ground.

Fortunately for Josh and the club, the Tiger quickly regained consciousness and wasn’t seriously injured.

Swans were best served by debutant Tobe Watson (seven tackles), Faulkner (33 disposals), Ricky Cary (five goals), Corey Gault (20 disposals, 34 hit-outs) and Taryce Stewart (three goals), but were held goalless in the third term, kicked only one goal to the western end of the ground and suffered their third consecutive loss.

Gilbert, Bennett, Palfrey and Lachlan Martinis came into the team who lost to the Bulldogs for Ryan Neates (knee), Matt Davies (omitted), Charles Le Fanu (ankle) and Chris (CJ) Oakley (omitted), and when Richardson kicked truly at the six-minute mark of the opening term following a squaring kick by Bailey Banfield, it gave the Tigers first blood and a seven-point lead.

A goal to Cary soon followed, before an outstanding banana from the left-forward pocket by Eastland gave the Tigers their second and a 12-point lead at quarter-time.

Two more goals to Cary (three) and one to Jake Nuich in the opening seven minutes of the second term saw Swans hit back and take a seven-point lead with the breeze at their backs, before Guelfi steadied for Claremont.

However, goals to the antagonistic Ryan Crowley and two to Stewart saw Swans hit back once again and take a 17-point lead, before Hardisty grabbed a timely major for Claremont just before half-time.

The Tigers then blew Swans out of the water in the third term, with Mitch Andrews beginning the carnage after being found by captain Jake Murphy.

A 50m penalty allowed Hardisty to kick his second major, before two brilliant goals to Palfrey from the right-forward pocket resulted in a 13-point lead.

A second to Richardson resulted from a bullet pass by Keifer Yu, before a third to Palfrey, this time from the left-forward pocket, came from a pinpoint pass by the prolific Busher and gave the Tigers a commanding 30-point lead at the final change.

Coach Darren Harris encouraged the team to continue to be brave in the final term, and when Guelfi quickly kicked his second goal, it gave the Tigers eight consecutive majors and a 36-point lead.

A crunching tackle by Zac Langdon on Crowley reiterated Claremont’s appetite for the contest and won the Tiger a free-kick, before Eastland’s desperate chase of Faulkner soon followed.

Four goals to Swans in the space of seven minutes, including two more to Cary (five), trimmed the lead to just 10 points and reminded Claremont that the game was far from over, before a brain fade and consecutive 50m penalties from Swans’ Jarrad Blight allowed Richardson to kick his third major and steady for the Tigers.

A late snap from Ryan Lim capped off a fine victory and set the scene for a thrilling finish to the season.

The Tigers host the Falcons in a must-win clash at Claremont Oval in the final round.

CLAREMONT 2.7 4.9 10.15 13.17 (95)

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.1 7.2 7.3 11.5 (71)


CLAREMONT: 3 I. Richardson, M. Palfrey, 2 M. Guelfi, J. Hardisty, 1 O. Eastland, R. Lim, M. Andrews.

SWAN DISTRICTS: 5 R. Cary, 3 T. Stewart, 1 J. Nuich, S. Wityk, R. Crowley.


CLAREMONT: J. Bolton, H. Busher, J. Hardisty, M. Guelfi, M. Palfrey.

SWAN DISTRICTS: T. Watson, A. Faulkner, R. Cary, C. Gault.

Round 22 Preview Swan Districts v Claremont

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 1:21 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

Claremont will be aiming to atone for their disappointing loss to South Fremantle when they face Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval in the penultimate round of the home-and-away season on Saturday.

With just two rounds remaining before finals, the Tigers must defeat Swans and then West Perth, and rely on the Falcons and fifth-placed East Perth losing their remaining matches to feature in September.


Steel Blue Oval, Saturday, August 19, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.


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Played: 253.

Swan Districts: 96.

Claremont: 155.

Draws: 2.


Round 13, 2017, Claremont 16.14 (110) def Swan Districts 6.7 (43) at Claremont Oval.


  1. With fourth-placed Swans one win behind third-placed Peel Thunder, and the Tigers still a mathematical chance of playing finals, a fierce contest is set to unfold between two traditional rivals.
  2. The Tigers have won three of the last four games against Swans, including a 67-point drubbing of the Black Ducks in round 13.
  3. With it being Claremont’s last away game of the season, the club encourages the Tiger army to attend and cheer the team to victory.


The Homecoming Gala Dinner Auction

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Today's your last chance to book your tickets to our biggest event of the year, The 2017 Homecoming Gala Dinner Auction! 


This is our major fundraising event where we auction off many once in a lifetime experiences such as a 2017 Brownlow Package, 2017 AFL Grand Final Experience and a Complete Pearl Experience in Broome with Willie Creek Pearls. You could also get your hands on VIP tickets to the Cable Beach Polo or a Winemaking experience of a Lifetime at Miles from Nowhere, Margaret River including 300 bottles of wine delivered to your doorstep.


The 2017 Homecoming Gala Dinner Auction

Price : $150pp

Dress: Smart Cocktail

Location: CFC Club Rooms


Two course dinner and Beverages served throughout the night 

Entertainment: The Wildflowers duo will be returning this year to bless us again with their beautiful voices, Live Pearl Harvest and more


Don't miss out on this years live auction by booking your tickets here.. 

Bid on over 200 Auciton items kindly donated by sponsors and businesses in Perth  

The Silent Auciton closes 7:30pm on Saturday night 19th August






League Report: Wasteful Tigers Punished by Bulldogs

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 3:17 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

Claremont’s finals chances are all but over after the Tigers suffered a frustrating 32-point loss to South Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

Deplorable kicking, both in general play and at goal, and turnovers marred the 8.13 (61) to 14.9 (93) defeat, which leaves the team two wins and percentage outside the top five with just two rounds of the home-and-away season remaining.

Skills and decision making are two areas the Tigers desperately need to improve in, and this was highlighted in the opening 17 minutes, when the Bulldogs slammed on six goals, mostly from Claremont turnovers, to effectively seal their eighth consecutive win.

Despite working their way back into the game with the breeze at their backs in the second term, the Tigers could only manage a wasteful return of 4.6, before the Bulldogs put their foot down once again in the third term, kicking five goals to nil.

Matt Guelfi (two goals) continues his rapid progression into an elite player and won the players’ player award, while Bailey Banfield (10 marks, seven tackles) spent large parts of the game opposing South Fremantle’s Tim Kelly.

Ryan Murphy (33 disposals, 12 marks, one goal) returned from a calf injury for his first League game since round 15 and gave the Tigers plenty of rebound from defence before being thrown forward, while Jared Hardisty laid a game-high nine tackles.

As they did at the same venue in round 16, Anton Hamp and Haydn Busher blanketed South Fremantle’s Mason Shaw and Ben Saunders respectively, while Ian Richardson kicked a team-high three goals.

The Bulldogs were well served by Jarrod Garlett, Dylan Main (eight tackles, one goal), Cory Dell-Olio (four goals) and Tom Vandeleur (two goals).

The Tigers will aim to rebound when they face Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval in round 22.

CLAREMONT 1.3 5.9 5.10 8.13 (61)

SOUTH FREMANTLE 6.1 8.1 13.7 14.9 (93)


CLAREMONT: 3 I. Richardson, 2 M. Guelfi, 1 O. Eastland, Z. Langdon, R. Murphy.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 4 C. Dell-Olio, 2 B. Johnson, T. Vandeleur, 1 A. Hams, D. Main, T. Kelly, S. Verrier, S. Bewick, B. Saunders.


CLAREMONT: M. Guelfi, B. Banfield, R. Murphy, J. Hardisty, A. Hamp.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: J. Garlett, D. Main, C. Dell-olio, R. Cook, T. Vandeleur.


Development Report: Richardson Denies Bulldogs

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 3:05 PM

By Dan Scamozzi

Three goals to Jack Richardson, including the match winner in the final minute of the game, saw a determined Claremont defeat top-of-the-table South Fremantle by one point at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

Despite losing Nick Winmar (calf) early in the game, the Tigers prevailed 8.6 (54) to 7.11 (53) to record consecutive wins, secure second position on the ladder with two rounds left in the home-and-away season and hand the Bulldogs their first loss since round 14.

The Tigers, who trailed by 16 points at half-time, kept the Bulldogs scoreless in the third term and kicked four goals to one in the second half to record one of their best wins of the season.

Fraser Gilbert, having played every game this season, finished as Claremont’s best player and won the players’ player award after restricting South Fremantle’s Mitchell Dzelebdzic, who kicked seven goals when the teams last met at the same venue in round 16, to four marks and one goal.

Richardson, who kicked a game-high three goals and had six inside 50s (equal game-high), showed nerves of steel when he converted from 40m out on a slight angle at the northern end of the ground to end the Bulldogs’ five-game winning streak, while Matt Palfrey (26 disposals, five inside 50s) was ferocious at the contest.

Jeremy Goddard, who made his League debut against Perth seven days earlier, won 35 hit-outs and provided a presence around the ground, while Dylan Smallwood was another strong performer in defence.

Meanwhile, Morgan Davies laid a team-high 10 tackles and repeatedly set the tone with his attack on the contest.

The Bulldogs were led by Jake Florenca (33 disposals, 11 marks, 11 tackles, six inside 50s), Seaton Thompson (two goals) and Daniel Cabassi (19 disposals, six tackles, one goal), but were left to rue their inaccuracy in front of goal.

Goddard and Tom Ledger came into the Claremont team who defeated Perth in round 20, while John Williams returned for his first game since round 12 after overcoming a hamstring injury.

Cabassi gave the Bulldogs first blood at the five-minute mark of the opening term, before a great snap from Brett Wilson got the Tigers on the board five minutes later, following some great work from Richardson, who was outnumbered three-to-one but cleverly centred the ball.

A quick goal to Max Bentley gave the Tigers consecutive majors and a five-point lead, before Tom Lawrence took a crucial mark in defence.

Some great use of the body and a pass by Palfrey allowed Winmar to kick Claremont’s third goal and give the Tigers an 11-point lead at quarter-time, with the great start coming from some outstanding ball retention and an unwillingness to blaze away.

Despite the solid start, coach Kepler Bradley implored the team to guard the corridor and prevent South Fremantle from taking uncontested marks, but lauded the efforts of Claremont’s defence.

A goal to Corey Mitchell made it four consecutive majors and extended the lead to 17 points, following a spearing pass by Lachlan Martinis, before two goals each to Josh Collard and Thompson saw the Bulldogs respond and reclaim the lead.

A 50m penalty then allowed Dzelebdzic to kick the Bulldogs’ fifth consecutive goal and saw the visitors take a 16-point lead at half-time, with the Tigers needing to regroup and regain their composure.

A goal to Richardson was the only highlight of a dire third term, which saw the Tigers cut the deficit to eight points at the final change.

Despite Claremont dominating the opening 10 minutes of the final term in general play, the Tigers were inefficient going forward and couldn’t gain reward for their superiority, as a goal to Anthony Nodari gave the Bulldogs their first since the second term and extended their lead to 15 points.

A spearing left-foot pass by Ledger then allowed Lawrence, who has been thrown forward with great affect at different stages of the season, to kick truly and pull the Tigers to within nine points halfway through the term.

Enter Richardson.

A second goal to the 2016 Merv McIntosh Medallist at the 21-minute mark trimmed the Bulldogs’ lead to just three points, before the popular Tiger finished with aplomb in the closing stages of the game to secure a memorable victory.

The Tigers will aim to record their third consecutive win when they face Swan Districts at Steel Blue Oval in round 22.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts slipped to third position on the ladder after a three-point loss to South Fremantle, 4.10 (34) to 5.7 (37).

CLAREMONT 3.3 4.4 5.6 8.6 (54)

SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.4 6.8 6.8 7.11 (53)


CLAREMONT: 3 J. Richardson, 1 N. Winmar, C. Mitchell, T. Lawrence, M. Bentley, B. Wilson.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 2 S. Thompson, J. Collard, 1 M. Dzelebdzic, D. Cabassi, A. Nodari.


CLAREMONT: F. Gilbert, J. Richardson, M. Palfrey, J. Goddard, D. Smallwood.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: J. Florenca, S. Thompson, D. Cabassi, B. Donaldson, C. Ah Siu.