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Yu Sinks Sharks

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 10:07 AM

Keifer Yu has kicked 27 goals in his 83 League games, but none more important than the one he kicked against East Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday.

With the Tigers trailing by two points in the final stages of an enthralling contest, the lively Jordan Law, in just his second game, won a holding-the-ball free-kick 35m from goal at the southern end of the ground.

After failing to make the distance from a similar position earlier in the game, he decided to handball to a lurking Yu, who the Sharks had left unmarked.

Yu then split the middle as the final siren sounded to give the Tigers a pulsating four-point win, 12.11 (83) to 11.13 (79), and send the venue into a frenzy.

The Tigers’ win was blue collar, a mantra the team pride themselves on, and full of mateship, something coach Darren Harris preached during an inspirational and composed address at three-quarter time.

Despite the team trailing by 27 points early in the second half and being one man down, it resulted from a will to never give in.

It was also Ian Richardson’s first as captain, and will serve the team well moving forward.

Jared Hardisty (25 disposals, six tackles) set the tone with his ferocious attack on the ball, won a team-high six free-kicks and deservedly won the players’ player award for an outstanding performance, while Law laid an equal team-high seven tackles and kicked the Tigers’ first goal of the game.

Jack Beeck, playing his first League game since round 21, 2016, was inspirational with his unwavering attack on the ball and kicked a team-lifting goal to give the Tigers the lead late in the third term, and fittingly led the team from the ground after the final siren to a rousing reception.

Full-forward Tom Lee, playing his first League game since round nine, 2017, hauled in an equal team-high seven marks and kicked two goals as he had the better of his duel with East Fremantle’s Matthew Jupp, while Alex Manuel kicked an equal game-high four goals, all after quarter-time, including three brilliant snaps on his non-preferred left foot.

On a sour note, Kane Mitchell suffered a knee injury in the first half and was reported for striking.

Nick Kommer (27 disposals, nine tackles, two goals) was prominent for the Sharks, while Jack Perham (10 marks, four goals) threatened to pinch the game and Dylan Winton continuously drove the team forward during their final-term surge.

With Lee replacing the suspended Beau Maister, and Matt Palfrey, Beeck and Anton Hamp among the inclusions, the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term in perfect conditions, but an early goal from Perham gave the Sharks a fast start.

Law then replied for the Tigers after finishing with aplomb on the run, before Jared Jansen made the hosts pay for some sloppiness in defence.

A desperate spoil from Beeck denied the Sharks, before Jye Bolton, now spending more time as a deep forward, kicked truly after winning a free-kick after some great efforts from Bailey Rogers in the build-up.

Kommer then replied for the Sharks, before Lee kicked truly after winning a free-kick and was mobbed by teammates.

The result was a four-point lead to the Sharks at quarter-time, with the Tigers fortunate to be so close after winning far less of the ball and needing to stop the visitors from taking so many uncontested marks.

A crunching tackle from Hardisty in front of the interchange saw East Fremantle’s Cameron Eardley come off second best early in the second term, before goals to Perham (second) and Sean Fletcher gave the Sharks a 14-point lead.

Manuel replied with the first of his four goals, before the Sharks slammed on three in quick succession either side of a great smother from Hardisty.

A second goal to Manuel resulted from a great contest and brilliant tap from Lee and saw the Tigers trailing by 21 points at half-time.

A second goal to Jansen gave the Sharks the first major for the third consecutive term, a fast start to the second half and 27-point lead, before the Tigers responded in ominous fashion.

Goals to Morgan Davies, who was now limiting Kommer’s impact on the game, and Manuel (third) trimmed the deficit to 13 points, with the latter resulting from an ability to keep the ball moving forward by any means, before a goal-saving effort from Hardisty denied the Sharks.

A second goal to Lee resulted from a strong mark and a great chain of passes from defence, before Beeck made the Sharks pay for an errant kick in defence and was mobbed by teammates.

The result was a three-point lead to the Tigers at the final change, with the hosts now on top in contested disposals and inside 50s.

A fourth goal to Manuel, this time on his preferred right foot, gave the Tigers five in a row and a nine-point lead early in the final term, before Perham replied with his fourth after making the hosts pay for a turnover in defence.

A spearing pass from Lee then saw Palfrey take a strong mark and restore the Tigers’ nine-point lead, before Fraser Gilbert stood tall in defence.

In just his fourth game, Gilbert had had a difficult afternoon opposing Perham, but when the team needed him, the young Tiger hauled in two crucial marks to deny the pressing Sharks.

A second goal to Kommer pulled the visitors to within two points, before 10 minutes of nerve-racking play unfolded, as both teams tried to land the knockout blow.

The never-give-in Tigers wouldn’t be denied, as Yu landed the knockout blow and helped the team record their first win of the season.

The Tigers will be aiming for consecutive wins when they face Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Thursday night.

CLAREMONT 3.1 5.3 9.10 12.11 (83)

EAST FREMANTLE 3.5 8.6 9.7 11.13 (79)


CLAREMONT: 4 A. Manuel, 2 T. Lee, 1 K. Yu, J. Beeck, J. Bolton, M. Davies, M. Palfrey, J. Law.

EAST FREMANTLE: 4 J. Perham, 2 N. Kommer, J. Jansen, 1 J. Snadden, S, Fletcher, C. Green.


CLAREMONT: J. Hardisty, J. Law, J. Beeck, T. Lee, B. Rogers, H. Busher.

EAST FREMANTLE: N. Kommer, J. Perham, D. Winton, J. Griffin, C. Eardley.

By Dan Scamozzi


Tigers Claw Past Sharks

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Claremont’s Reserves recorded consecutive wins after holding off a fast-finishing East Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday and are the only undefeated team after three rounds.

The six-point win, 13.13 (91) to 12.13 (85), was set up after the Tigers won the first three terms and held a 31-point lead at three-quarter time, and despite the Sharks kicking six goals to two in the final term, the hosts’ dangerous forward line and cleaner ball movement saw them prevail.

Charles Le Fanu was the Tigers’ best player and deservedly won the players’ player award for his ferocious attack on the ball and recorded a game-high six inside 50s, while Kaiden Gilbert was the most dangerous forward on the ground with eight marks, including five in the opening term, and an equal game-high three goals.

Bailey Bennett starred with his repeat efforts and also kicked two goals, while acting captain Jacob Sideris and Tom Ledger, who was omitted from the League team, were solid contributors.

Corey Mitchell responded to his League omission by laying a team-high six tackles, while fellow small forward James Egan kicked three goals during the Tigers’ third-term blitz.

Ben Harding recorded a game-high 34 disposals for the Sharks, while Tim Bristow and Jesse Wynne kicked two goals apiece.

The Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term in perfect conditions, and after an indifferent start to the contest, where neither team was able to capitalise on their opportunities going forward, Jake Stergiou broke the deadlock at the 13-minute mark.

Bennett then burst through a pack and finished with aplomb to give the Tigers consecutive goals, before Gilbert kicked truly with his second shot in quick succession from an almost identical position to extend the lead to 20 points.

However, late goals to Bristow and Nick Bonomelli saw the Sharks trim the deficit to seven points at quarter-time.

Claremont coach Steven Armstrong praised the efforts from Gilbert but implored the team to be more composed in front of goal, before Tom Omodei gave the Sharks three consecutive majors and levelled the scores early in the second term.

A great pass from Eddie Simpson saw Gilbert kick his second and respond for the Tigers, before Corey Hitchcock benefited from some fine work from Mitchell and extended the lead.

Three efforts and two tackles in quick succession from Bennett typified the feisty Tiger’s appetite for the contest, before Brett Wilson soccered through the team’s sixth goal and gave the Tigers three consecutive majors for the second time in the first half.

A desperate and inspirational tackle from Le Fanu prevented the Sharks from responding, before captain Frazer Daly kicked truly just before half-time to trim the Tigers’ lead to 11 points.

Wynne then kicked the first of his two goals to pull the Sharks to within five points early in the second half, before the Tigers responded in ominous fashion.

Two goals in as many minutes from Egan, including a high-flying mark, gave the Tigers some breathing space, before Gilbert kicked his third major after another strong mark.

Egan then kicked his third as the Tigers slammed on four goals in 11 minutes and took a commanding 30-point lead, before Matthew Burton pounced on an errant kick to respond for the Sharks.

Bennett then kicked his second goal after doing likewise to the Sharks and gave the Tigers a 31-point lead at the final change.

Armstrong praised the efforts from Le Fanu and the Tigers’ composure, however, goals from Tim Bockman and Zachary Jackson gave the Sharks a quick start to the final term and trimmed the margin to 19 points.

Ben Higgs then kicked a timely goal for the Tigers after a squaring pass from Wilson and a great chase from Nick Yarran that created a turnover, before the Sharks hit back through second majors to Wynne and Bristow.

Simpson then kicked truly to give the Tigers a 19-point lead halfway through the final term, and despite the Sharks kicking the final two goals, the hosts held on for a deserved win.

The Tigers will be aiming for three consecutive wins when they face Subiaco at Leederville Oval on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered their first loss of the season after East Fremantle prevailed by 36 points, 15.8 (98) to 9.8 (62).

CLAREMONT 3.6 6.8 11.11 13.13 (91)

EAST FREMANTLE 2.5 4.9 6.10 12.13 (85)


CLAREMONT: 3 K. Gilbert, J. Egan, 2 B. Bennett, 1 B. Higgs, E. Simpson, B. Wilson, J. Stergiou, C. Hitchcock.

EAST FREMANTLE: 2 T. Bristow, J. Wynne, 1 T. Omodei, J. Bristow, M. Burton, Z. Jackson, J. Quill, N. Bonomelli, T. Bockman, F. Daly.


CLAREMONT: C. Le Fanu, K. Gilbert, B. Bennett, J. Sideris, T. Ledger.

EAST FREMANTLE: N. Bonomelli, C. Holmes, J. Bristow, B. Harding.

By Dan Scamozzi

2018 Player Quiz - Jake Murphy

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 11:24 AM











Get to know CFC's Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!
Q1 Name: Jake Murphy
Q2 Nickname: Shark, Snapper, Mad Dog
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Fremantle
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Playing in the mud, not losing a game
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Floyd Mayweather
Q6 Favourite food: Mexican
Q7 Favourite movie: Jaws I, II, III
Q8 Favourite TV show: The Life of Byron
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Richard Goyder
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Penthouse at CFC Oval
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Greek Islands
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: enigma
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
          1. Conor Mcgregor
          2. Margot Robbie
Q14 Your most treasured possession: Washing basket
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Get over to Rotto
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far?
         1. Back to back flags
         2. Celebrations post flags
         3. Footy trips 09-17
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Matt Davies* (Note: retired but still the king)
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Anton Hamp (King of footy trips)
Q19 Before a game I always: Heaps of bizzare rituals, e.g. drinking 1.5L before getting out of bed
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Big game player

Round 3 Preview Claremont vs. East Fremantle

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Claremont face East Fremantle at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon in their first home game of the 2018 McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season.

The Tigers lost to West Perth in round one and are coming off a bye, while the Sharks narrowly defeated Perth in round two.

The Tigers will be missing full-forward Beau Maister, who received a one-match suspension for rough conduct after the loss to the Falcons.

There will be free entry for children 15 and under, as well as free face painting.

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


Claremont Oval, Saturday, April 14, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.


Tune into HFM (107.3FM) for LIVE coverage, or you can download the WAFL App and listen via Footy Radio on your phone.


Played: 280.

Claremont: 121.

East Fremantle: 157.

Draws: 2.

By Dan Scamozzi

WAWFL Round 1

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Round 1 of the WAWFL saw Claremont coming out firing. A 3 from 3 win against Perth Angels at home in front friends, family and supporters.

The Rogers cup team set the tone early winning 11.10.76 over 5.2.32. The Tiger song filling the ground as the Reserves ran out fired them up early and kept them firing for a 19.24.108 win over 0.0.0. The League team brought us home with 16.12.108 over 3.2.20 win. 

Shaking out the cobwebs with a comprehensive win has set the tone for next week against South Fremantle. While the scores show a comfortable margin, we can improve our kicking efficiency and skill execution. Back to the track for training now and then three away games before our next home game: Sunday the 6th May against South Fremantle. This round will also be our Sponsors Round, to thank and acknowledge our amazing club sponsors.

Rachel Asquith

CWFC Player

2018 Player Quiz - Anton Hamp

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 1:55 PM
Get to know CFC's Senior Players through our weekly Player Quiz!
Q1 Name: Anton Hamp
Q2 Nickname: Magic
Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast
Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Hale School Alcock Cup in 2009
Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Tom Swift
Q6 Favourite food: Bahn Mi Thit
Q7 Favourite movie: Lion King
Q8 Favourite TV show: Rick and Morty
Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Tom Lee
Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Low Interest Government Bonds
Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Canada
Q12 Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: A peanut
Q13 The three people that you admire the most and would like to meet:
              1. Elon Musk
              2. Roger Federer
              3. Isaac Newton
Q14 Your most treasured possession: My bed
Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Beach, travel, golf
Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? 100 game vs Swans
Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Joseph Morgan Davies
Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? J-Lo
Q19 Before a game I always: Eat banana on toast
Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Loyal and Selfless

Tiger Cubs Shine in Defeat

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Claremont suffered an 18-point defeat against West Perth at HBF Arena on Saturday in the opening round of the McDonald’s WAFL Premiership Season, but the form of two young Tigers was a big positive to come out of the match.

Turnovers proved costly for the Tigers in the 14.9 (93) to 12.3 (75) defeat, despite brilliant performances from full-back Fraser Gilbert and ruckman Jeremy Goddard.

The unflappable Gilbert, in just his third game, won the players’ player award after dominating West Perth full-forward Tyler Keitel, who kicked 46 goals in 2017, and keeping the spearhead goalless.

Meanwhile, Goddard, in just his second game, won 44 hit-outs and had the better of his duel with the experienced Chris Keunen, while Jordan Law and Corey Mitchell both made their debuts and new recruit Tom Curren played his first official game for the Tigers.

Jye Bolton (39 disposals, one goal) was prominent in midfield and also played as a deep forward, while Ryan Murphy (30 disposals, one goal) also found plenty of the ball.

Oliver Eastland (eight marks, one goal) worked and competed hard, while Beau Maister (six marks) kicked a team-high three goals but was reported for rough conduct.

The returning Kane Mitchell (41 disposals, seven tackles, one goal) worked tirelessly, while Ryan Lim laid a team-high nine tackles.

The Falcons were led by their new captain Aaron Black (40 disposals, 16 tackles), while Rudy Riddoch and Tyson Moulton kicked three goals apiece.

With the Tigers kicking against the breeze in the opening term in fine but blustery conditions, a goal-saving smother from Gilbert prevented Keitel and was a sign of things to come, before a pair of goals to Maister gave Claremont a great start and 11-point lead.

Despite Goddard already impressing with his tap-work and Eastland competing strongly, goals to Jay van Berlo and former Tiger Keegan Knott saw the Falcons reply and take a two-point lead, before K. Mitchell dribbled through Claremont’s third major.

Knott then made the Tigers pay for some poor kicking in defence with his second, before goals to Luke Meadows (50m penalty) and Riddoch saw the Falcons finish the term strongly and take a 16-point lead at quarter-time.

Claremont coach Darren Harris praised the Tigers’ first 20 minutes of play, before Jared Hardisty kicked the first goal of the second term to trim the deficit to 10 points.

Moulton then replied with the first of his three majors, before a great tap from Goddard to Curren allowed the midfielder to find Eastland with a fine pass and the utility to kick the Tigers’ fifth goal.

A flying snap from new captain Ian Richardson gave the Tigers consecutive goals and resulted from some fine efforts from Corey Mitchell and another clearance from Curren, before Maister had his number taken.

A second goal to Moulton saw the Falcons have the final say of the first half and take an eight-point lead at half-time.

A third to Moulton saw the Falcons extend their lead to 14 points early in the second half, before Maister kicked his third after a pinpoint pass from Richardson.

Riddoch then made the Tigers pay for an errant kick-in with his second, before Kody Manning extended the Falcons’ lead to 22 points and Claremont’s Tom Ledger came off under the blood rule.

A goal to Blake Wilhelm gave the Falcons three consecutive majors and had the Tigers in trouble, before Bolton kicked a timely major after winning a free-kick.

Manning then kicked his second after a turnover in Claremont’s defence to give the Falcons a 29-point lead at the final change.

Another turnover resulted in Riddoch kicking his third goal early in the final term and had the Tigers on the ropes, before Murphy kicked truly from outside 50 after a great mark from Gilbert in defence.

Goals to Curren and Alex Manuel gave the Tigers three in a row and cut the margin to 19 points, before Keifer Yu limped off the field.

Trent Manzone then kicked a steadying goal for the Falcons, before a second to Manuel proved little more than consolation in a frustrating performance from the Tigers.

The Tigers have a bye in round two, before hosting East Fremantle at Claremont Oval in round three.

CLAREMONT 3.0 6.2 8.2 12.3 (75)

WEST PERTH 5.4 7.4 12.7 14.9 (93)


CLAREMONT: 3 B. Maister, 2 A. Manuel, 1 K. Mitchell, I. Richardson, T. Curren, J. Bolton, R. Murphy, J. Hardisty, O. Eastland.

WEST PERTH: 3 R. Riddoch, T. Moulton, 2 K. Knott, K. Manning, 1 L. Meadows, T. Manzone, B. Wilhelm, J. van Berlo.


CLAREMONT: F. Gilbert, J. Bolton, R. Murphy, O. Eastland, J. Goddard.

WEST PERTH: A. Black, R. Riddoch, K. Knott, S. Nelson, L. Tedesco.

By Dan Scamozzi

Impressive Tigers Maul Falcons

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 11:16 AM

Claremont’s Reserves have started their season in emphatic fashion, with the Tigers smashing West Perth by 61 points at HBF Arena on Saturday.

The 17.7 (109) to 6.12 (48) demolition gave new coach Steven Armstrong an ideal start to his reign and featured nine debutants, with the Tigers’ win built on the back of some outstanding team play and a collective effort across the board.

After winning the first two quarters, the Tigers put their foot down in the second half, kicking 11 goals to three, and achieved their win after laying 20 more tackles than the Falcons.

Tom Lee was outstanding at full-forward with eight marks and a game-high four goals, and also assisted and played a role in several others, with the Tiger one of 11 goal kickers, while defender Anton Hamp won the players’ player award.

Jack Beeck (22 disposals, seven tackles, one goal), playing his first official game since round 23, 2016, set the tone with his ferocious attack on the ball and regularly drove the Tigers forward with a team-high six inside 50s, while the speedy Shaquille Morton was dangerous at ground level, front and centre at several contests and laid a game-high 10 tackles.

Nick Yarran (on debut), along with Morton, was a constant threat at ground level with his pace and pressure, while Rhett Lloyd (on debut) had an equal team-high 24 disposals, along with the tireless Jacob Sideris, and also impressed.

The Falcons were left to rue their inaccuracy, highlighted by a return of 0.5 in the second term, and had no multiple goal kickers or answers to the Tigers’ second-half onslaught.

In fine but blustery conditions, Lee made the Falcons pay for some ill-discipline and kicked the game’s first goal, before a great chase and tackle from Corey Hitchcock (on debut) was an early indication of the Tigers’ appetite for the contest.

Ewan Larmett then kicked the Falcons’ first goal, before Lee replied with his second after a great centre clearance and pass from Sideris.

The busy Jake Stergiou soon added the Tigers’ third major, with Morton crumbing the ball at full pace and delivering to Lee in the build-up, before Alexander Coe replied for the Falcons halfway through the opening term.

Morton then kicked truly from a tight angle to give the Tigers a 13-point lead, with the goal resulting from a great spoil from Beeck across half-back which created a turnover.

Stergiou then kicked his second goal to give the Tigers consecutive majors and a 19-point lead, before Joel Bennett kicked the Falcons’ third to trim Claremont’s advantage to 13 points at quarter-time.

With the Tigers’ energy, intensity and pressure on display, Armstrong paid tribute to the good start but encouraged the team to kick the ball long and direct, with Lee and Kaiden Gilbert looking dangerous and providing key targets.

West Perth’s Sam Rotham was reported for rough conduct early in the second term which resulted in a 50m penalty, with a smother from Morton and consecutive tackles from Beeck highlights for the Tigers.

Addison Dew (on debut) kicked the only goal of the term after a pass from Lee, as the Tigers extended their lead to 16 points at half-time.

A strong mark from Brett Wilson saw the Tiger kick the team’s seventh goal after a long kick from Stergiou and gave the team a 21-point lead early in the second half, before Mitchell Antonio replied for the Falcons.

Enter Beeck.

Like a raging bull, the ferocious Tiger hit the ball at speed before kicking truly from outside 50 to add the team’s eighth major before being mobbed by teammates after providing arguably the highlight of the game.

Hitchcock then benefited from some hard running and a pass from Morton to give the Tigers consecutive majors and a 28-point lead, before Dew provided a goal-saving rushed behind at the other end.

The Falcons’ woes then increased, with Larmett joining Rotham in the umpire’s book.

Goals to Gilbert and James Egan (on debut) soon followed, with Lee involved in the latter, before Wilson sensationally snapped the Tigers’ 12th goal and gave the team a 46-point lead at the final change after a scintillating six-goal-to-one third term.

A goal to West Perth’s Corey Chalmers early in the final term briefly halted Claremont’s momentum and a run of five consecutive majors, before Yarran finished with aplomb on the run to reply for the Tigers.

Lee then kicked his third goal after a downfield free-kick resulted from Ben Higgs copping some late contact from an opponent, which ended his game, before Eddie Simpson gave the Tigers a 59-point lead after benefiting from some great transition from defence as well as some hard running and repeat efforts from Stergiou.

Consecutive 50m penalties and a bullet pass from Lloyd saw Lee mark strongly and kick his fourth, before a second to Egan resulted from a string of passes from unmarked Tigers, with the team now out to a 70-point lead and the Falcons waiting to be put out of their misery.

A late goal to Dylan Yem saw the hosts kick their sixth major, before an outstanding pack-mark from Jordan Reid (on debut) in front of the interchange bench capped off a fine display from the Tigers.

The Tigers have a bye in round two, before hosting East Fremantle at Claremont Oval in round three.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts recorded a 17-point win against an inaccurate West Perth, 12.6 (78) to 8.13 (61), after a six-goal-to-one final term.

CLAREMONT 5.1 6.3 12.5 17.7 (109)

WEST PERTH 3.0 3.5 4.7 6.12 (48)


CLAREMONT: 4 T. Lee, 2 B. Wilson, J. Stergiou, J. Egan, 1 J. Beeck, N. Yarran, E. Simpson, K. Gilbert, S. Morton, A. Dew, C. Hitchcock.

WEST PERTH: 1 C. Chalmers, M. Antonio, A. Coe, D. Yem, J. Bennett, E. Larmett.


CLAREMONT: J. Beeck, S. Morton, T. Lee, N. Yarran, R. Lloyd.

WEST PERTH: A. Coe, A. Lynch, S. Nelson, B. Antonio.

By Dan Scamozzi 

TABtouch Supports Claremont Footy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 11:01 AM



March 27, 2018

TABtouch, the wagering arm of Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA) have partnered with Claremont FC in an exciting new initiative that will see our club directly benefit from the partnership.

As a part of the agreement TABtouch will give us a portion of every dollar bet when a new TABtouch account is opened and when any bet is placed at our games.

RWWA General Manager Wagering Michael Saunders said TABtouch is proudly Western Australian and a passionate supporter of local footy.

“Join TABtouch today through your local WAFL club and a portion of every bet you place will go directly back to your football club,” said Saunders.

“Whether you’re placing a bet on sports or on racing, at home or on the go, your club will see the reward.”

The new partnership is aimed at supporting the development and sustainability of football in WA through providing an additional revenue stream for the clubs that they can use for venue enhancements, entertainment and equipment.

The TAB has had a vested interest in supporting the sport and recreation industry in WA, and for many years through community partnerships, has given an estimated $150million back into the WA community each year.


Goddard ready for No. 1 role

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Jeremy Goddard celebrated his 20th birthday on Tuesday this week and is looking forward keenly to taking over from Mitch Andrews as Claremont’s No. 1 league ruckman this season.

He donned the No. 50 jumper at his league debut, against Perth at Lathlain Park in a round-20 fixture last August when he filled in for the injured Mitch Andrews and gained 30 hit-outs in a wholehearted effort which played a solid part in Claremont’s 99-point victory.

That remains as Goddard’s only league appearance --- and in an indication of his respect of the magnificent work Andrews did in leading Claremont’s ruck over the past seven seasons he requested that he should take over the No. 24 jumper which was worn with such distinction by Andrews.

Goddard is a man mountain and a ruckman of immense promise. But he certainly has big shoes to fill. The 31-year-old Andrews was a member of Claremont’s league premiership sides in 2011 and 2012 and in 109 league appearances for the Tigers he gained 3246 hit-outs.

Goddard is a work in progress, and he is progressing wonderfully well. A member of Western Australia’s 16s and 18s sides, he has represented Claremont in 30 colts and 21 reserves matches. He is a commanding figure on the field with an imposing physical presence. He is an excellent tap ruckman who can use either hand to palm the ball to a teammate.

He also impresses with his marking ability, strong tackling and long kicking.

Goddard’s development is being helped by the expert tuition he is receiving from legendary football identity Percy Johnson, who has been appointed as Claremont’s ruck coach this year.

The 85-year-old Johnson, a member of Western Australia’s Hall of Fame, has an unbroken involvement in WAFL football as a player, coach and television critic for almost 70 years.

Johnson, a passionate student of the game, has had stints as a league coach with Swan Districts, South Fremantle and West Perth. He also played 228 WAFL matches and 13 for WA. An athletic ruckman, Johnson played 180 league matches for East Fremantle, 21 for Swan Districts and 27 for Claremont. He was a member of East Fremantle’s 1957 premiership side.

He led the Tigers ruck in all 21 matches in 1960 when he scored 39 goals to share the honour of the club’s leading goalkicker with rover Murray Ward. He has worked as a ruck coach with the Fremantle Dockers, East Fremantle and Swan Districts and also helped previous Claremont league coaches Gerard Neesham, Darrell Panizza and Mark Riley.

By Ken Casellas