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Tigers to don special ANZAC guernsey

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Claremont FC players will don a special ANZAC jumper in their Round 5 battle with South Fremantle this Saturday in Albany, part of the Tigers’ WAFL country zone.

The jumper designs were created by Year 6 primary school students who were named winners of the Design-a-Jumper competition run by the West Australian Football Commission in the region.

The front of the Tigers’ jumper was designed by Maggie Staude from Flinders Park Primary School. It depicts a digger standing over a grave in front of a rising sun. The back jumper design was created by Ebony King from Yakamia Primary School.

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CFC Media Statement: WAFL Tribunal Outcome - Josh Deluca / Keifer Yu

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 2:44 PM

WAFL Tribunal Outcome – Josh Deluca / Keifer Yu

The Claremont Football Club wishes to place on record that both it and Claremont player Keifer Yu followed the WAFL rules and regulations in relation to an alleged breach of the competition’s Racial and Religious Inappropriate Conduct Policy during the Round 4 league match between Subiaco and Claremont on Thursday 19 April.

The players involved attended a conciliation meeting on Monday 23 April and as a result the matter was referred to the WAFL Tribunal on Tuesday 24 April where Subiaco player Josh Deluca was found guilty of breaching the competition’s Racial and Religious Inappropriate Conduct Policy.

The Claremont Football Club does not condone any form of inappropriate racial or religious conduct and stands by its players in this regard.

Graham Moss

Chief Executive Officer

Claremont Football Club.

Jake Murphy: Taking The Year Off Footy

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Hi CFC Board, Members, Supporters and wider Claremont Family, 

I have recently informed the playing group of my decision to take the year off Football, to travel and explore other interests in my life being namely business and potential study. It obviously hasn't been an easy decision, given football is all I have known for the past 20 years. However, after understanding that I was facing a 6 month recovery for my recent achilles surgery, I felt that if I spend another full season working my way through rehab I could genuinely see myself burning out, retiring and losing passion for the game at the young age of 28. Taking a break now, I feel will extend my career for another 2 - 3 years as it will allow me to take the time to get things right physically whilst exploring all the other interests in my life that have been placed on the back burner with football in charge. 
I still have a lot I want to achieve in my career, with nothing more important than ensuring the club is having consistent on field success by the time I finish. Something I believe we are on the verge of starting this year. 
Good luck to all grades and players this season and thanks for all the support and understanding during what has been a tough period for me personally.
See you in 2019. 

Round 5 Preview Claremont vs. South Fremantle

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 8:55 AM

Claremont host South Fremantle at Centennial Stadium in Albany on Saturday, with the Tigers aiming to bounce back from their defeat against Subiaco and record their second win of the season.

The Tigers will wear a limited edition ANZAC guernsey during the first regional game of the season, with the multimillion-dollar stadium given the tick of approval to host its first WAFL match.

“In terms of facility, it would be among the top couple in the WAFL at the moment,” football operations manager Darcy Coffey told the Albany Advertiser.

“We always like coming down and because it has been such a wonderful zone for us, the Great Southern, with nearly a third of our list being from regional areas, it’s great for them to get back and it’s great for us to get back and play in our regional zone.”


Centennial Stadium, Saturday, April 28, 2.40pm.

Reserves: Claremont Oval, Sunday, April 29, 10.00am.

Colts: Fremantle Community Bank Oval, Saturday, April 28, 10.00am.


Tune into Noongar Radio (100.9FM) for LIVE coverage, or you can download the WAFL App and listen via Footy Radio on your phone.


Played: 270.

Claremont: 123.

South Fremantle: 145

Draws: 2.

By Dan Scamozzi

Slow Start Costs Tigers

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:10 PM

A disappointing and goalless first quarter saw Claremont’s Reserves suffer their first defeat of the season against Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Friday night.

Despite working their way into the game after quarter-time, the Tigers could only manage 29 inside 50s to the hosts’ 45 as the Lions prevailed by 30 points, 10.11 (71) to 6.5 (41).

Jack Richardson, in his first game of the season, kicked two goals, while Declan Hardisty was outstanding in defence.

Declan McNamara, Isaac Wallace, who laid an equal game-high nine tackles along with Lachlan Martinis, Addison Dew and Brett Wilson also impressed, while Charlie Le Fanu was prominent in defence before moving forward to kick two goals and tied with Wallace for the players’ player award.

Daniel Perkins kicked a game-high three goals for the Lions, while Daniel Leach recorded a game-high 22 disposals as the hosts smashed the Tigers in clearances and inside 50s in the opening term to set up a 28-point lead at quarter-time.

The Tigers host South Fremantle at Claremont Oval in round five.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered consecutive defeats after a four-point loss to the Lions, 13.7 (85) to 12.9 (81).

CLAREMONT 0.1 3.2 4.4 6.5 (41)

SUBIACO 4.5 5.7 7.10 10.11 (71)


CLAREMONT: 2 J. Richardson, C. Le Fanu, 1 C. Mitchell, D. McNamara.

SUBIACO: 3 D. Perkins, 2 T. Cleggett, 1 A. Doyle, M. Lawrence, T. Breeze, A. Breman, J. Turner.


CLAREMONT: D. Hardisty, D. McNamara, I. Wallace, A. Dew, B. Wilson.

SUBIACO: S. Nelson, A. Doyle, D. Perkins, T. Cleggett, B. Reid.

By Dan Scamozzi

Lions Too Good For Tigers

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:08 PM

A rampant and clinical Subiaco proved too good for Claremont at Leederville Oval on Thursday night, with the Lions smashing the Tigers by 86 points.

Despite a promising but inaccurate first half in Beau Maister’s 150th game, the Tigers were no match for the unbeaten Lions after half-time as the hosts slammed on 11 goals to three to prevail 20.15 (135) to 7.7 (49).

Turnovers and inaccuracy hurt the Tigers in the first half, despite the visitors recording 19 inside 50s to 11 in the second term.

Oliver Eastland (20 disposals, 18 hit-outs) was given the task of leading the ruck against Subiaco’s Zac Clarke and performed admirably, while Morgan Davies (19 disposals) won the players’ player award for his disciplined role in blanketing Josh Deluca (11 disposals).

Jye Bolton (27 disposals) took a game-high eight marks and impressed with his pressure and work rate, while Bailey Rogers was solid in defence and Haydn Busher nullified the impact of Subiaco’s Lachlan Delahunty.

Matthew Palfrey kicked a team-high three goals, however, the Tigers were beaten in clearances (47-28), inside 50s (59-44) and scoring shots (35-14).

Subiaco were led by their captain Kyal Horsley (31 disposals, one goal) and defenders Angus Litherland (19 disposals, seven marks) and Jordan Lockyer, while Rhys Waters kicked a game-high five goals.

The Tigers host South Fremantle at Centennial Stadium Oval in Albany in round five.

CLAREMONT 2.2 4.7 6.7 7.7 (49)

SUBIACO 5.1 9.3 13.6 20.15 (135)


CLAREMONT: 3 M. Palfrey, 1 T. Lee, I. Richardson, J. Beeck, A. Manuel.

SUBIACO: 5 R. Waters, 4 B. Stevenson, 2 K. Halligan, Z. Clarke, 1 K. Horsley, L. Kitchin, R. Powell, B. Newton, L. Delahunty, C. Phelan, D. Rohde.


CLAREMONT: O. Eastland, M. Davies, J. Bolton, B. Rogers.

SUBIACO: J. Lockyer, A. Litherland, C. Phelan, K. Horsley, R. Waters.

By Dan Scamozzi

Beau Maister’s Milestone

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:12 AM

Beau Maister’s wonderful football journey will reach a significant milestone when he runs out with the Claremont side to do battle with Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Thursday evening. He will be celebrating his 150th senior match for the Tigers in a distinguished career.

“To play one game for this great club is an achievement, let alone 150 games,” said the genial Maister. “Looking at some of the characters, some of the legends who have come before me, men like Graham Moss, John O’Connell and Kevin Clune, to name just a few, it’s not a right, but a privilege to represent such a proud club.”

The 32-year-old Maister, born in Albany and a product of the Railways club, will become the 32nd player to earn life membership of Claremont by notching 150 senior appearances for the Tigers.

Describing himself as a young naïve country lad moving to the big smoke as a teenager 15 years ago, Maister said that he was fully committed to giving “everything” in a bid to make a mark in football. “But for things to pan out the way they have is a dream,” he said.

Apart from his 145 league appearances and four Foxtel Cup matches for Claremont, the powerfully-built Maister has played one interstate match for Western Australia and 44 AFL matches --- 23 for the West Coast Eagles and 21 for St Kilda.

After playing colts football for Railways in Albany and a couple of league games at the age of 16, Maister, an apprentice carpenter, jumped at the opportunity to move to Perth and take his next step, playing under coach Ash Prescott in the Tigers colts side in 2003.

In 2004 Maister was captain of the colts side (coached by Matt Angus) and was also named as captain of the WAFL colts team of the year, as well as shining for WA in the under-18 carnival in Melbourne.

It was during the carnival that Maister, an outstanding centre-half-forward, was switched to centre-half-back when in successive matches he was opposed to Travis Cloke and Jarryd Roughead.

Late that year Maister was drafted as a rookie by the West Coast Eagles before he had made his league debut. It was as a West Coast rookie that he played his first senior match for Claremont as a tall, somewhat skinny kid in a forward pocket against West Perth at the Showgrounds in round one in the first official WAFL match at that venue for 79 years. He kicked two goals in a low-scoring contest to play an important role in Claremont’s one-point victory.

After being on West Coast’s list from 2005 to 2010, Maister was a permanent member of Claremont’s league side in 2011 when he starred in the grand final victory over Subiaco, kicking five goals and being awarded the Simpson Medal as the best player in the match.

He joined St Kilda in 2012 and wrist and hamstring injuries and serious damage to his left shoulder restricted him to 21 AFL matches in three seasons. He underwent surgery on his shoulder, groin and right thumb.

Maister returned to Claremont in 2015 and his determination and commitment have been a great benefit to the younger players at the club. He proudly dons the No. 42 jumper every week, the same number he has worn throughout his career with Claremont.

“Numbers don’t define you as a footballer,” he says. “And I have been blessed at Claremont, with the Eagles and the Saints to have been coached by really good coaches.

Maister is extravagant in his praise of the support he has received over the past decade from his wife Bec, who presented him with their first child late last November, a delightful daughter Rylee.

“Bec has been with me throughout my career and my family, my Mum and sister, are first and foremost,” he said. “You can’t put a value on their support.”

Maister is looking forward with optimism for a successful and rewarding season with the Tigers, saying: “Our best is definitely good enough to compete with and challenge the best sides in the comp.

“Previously we could have used the fact that we’ve got young players in the side as a bit of a reason why we’re a bit inconsistent. But I think that we’re beyond that now. It’s time for these younger guys --- like Ryan Lim, Jared Hardisty and Alex Manuel, plus others who are coming through as well --- to show the way. Obviously, the older boys have to dig in and play their part.”

By Ken Casellas            


Round 4 Preview Subiaco vs. Claremont

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Claremont face rivals Subiaco at Leederville Oval tomorrow night, just five days after their breathtaking win against East Fremantle.

The Tigers will be aiming for consecutive wins, while Subiaco are the only undefeated team after three rounds.

Midfielder Kane Mitchell will miss the game due to a knee injury, while the WAFL Match Review Panel dismissed his report for striking.

However, forward Beau Maister, who missed the win against the Sharks through suspension, will be available for selection and is set to play his 150th game.

The club encourages the Tiger army to attend the game and cheer the team to victory.


Leederville Oval, Thursday, April 19, 7.10pm.

Reserves: Friday, April 20, 7.00pm.

Colts: Thursday, April 19, 4.25pm.


7mate will be televising the game LIVE from 7.00pm, or you can download the WAFL App and listen via Footy Radio on your phone.


Played: 276.

Subiaco: 145.

Claremont: 130.

Draws: 1.

By Dan Scamozzi

2018 Player Quiz - Tom Ledger

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:07 AM











Get to know CFC's Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!

Q1 Name: Tom Ledger
Q2 Nickname: Lurk
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Defeating Aquinas by a goal in Year 12
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Daniel Kerr
Q6 Favourite food: Thai
Q7 Favourite movie: Close call between Dodgeball and Mrs Doubtfire
Q8 Favourite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Greg Sheridan, Foreign Editor at The Australian
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Diversified financials
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Sri Lanka
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Punching
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
               1. Mike Pence
               2. Justin Langer
               3. Jordan Peterson
Q14 Your most treasured possession: My Camry
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Walk the dog, read the paper, read books
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Come from behind win against West Perth at Arena Joondalup in 2016
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Not idea to be honest, not my scene
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Hampy
Q19 Before a game I always: Pull my socks up
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? A loyal and trusted teammate

Manuel’s Unique Feat

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Probably lost among the drama of Claremont’s dramatic last-gasp victory over East Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday when Keifer Yu accepted a handpass from Jordan Law to score the winning goal as the siren was blaring was a remarkable, and most likely a unique, occurrence in football.

Alex Manuel, a highly skilful half-forward flanker, performed a feat I had never witnessed in an extremely long involvement in the game when he kicked three goals with his non-preferred left foot.

The natural right-footer used his left boot to score Claremont’s only two second-quarter goals before scoring his side’s seventh major with another left-foot snap in the third term.

“It was weird and just the way things happened,” said Manuel, who was in sparkling form at left-half-forward opposed mainly by Joel Kalajzic. “I was on the run and on my left foot. And, I suppose that by using my left foot it also helps to confuse the opposition.”

Manuel, who finished with one mark, 13 kicks and four handpasses, as well as four tackles, said that, quite remarkably, that he used his left foot for every kick he had in the first half.

Manual accepted a pass from Jye Bolton two minutes into the final quarter, taking the mark at left-half-forward and about 45 metres from goal. His unerring right-foot kick gave him his fourth goal.

Eight minutes later Manuel used his right foot to take a shot from the opposite flank. The ball curled from right to left and appeared to just sneak in for a goal. But the goal umpire signalled a behind. It was a desperately close call.

By Ken Casellas