Round 17 Preview Claremont vs. Subiaco

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:12 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

Claremont host Subiaco at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon for the first time since 2013, with the Tigers aiming to deliver the Lions their first defeat of the season and record consecutive wins.

Midfielder Jared Hardisty, who has laid 26 tackles in the past two games and more than 100 for the season and sets the tone with his fierce attack on the contest, will play his 50th game.

This weekend some of the club’s senior players will be raising vital funds for cancer awareness and research.

The boys will be participating in the MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer on October 13 – 14, with all proceeds going towards the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Donation boxes will be located at the entry gates and bar during the League match. Any donations would be greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in joining the team please click here for more information.

The club encourages the Tiger Army to attend the game and support the mighty Tigers.


Claremont Oval, Saturday, July 28, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.


Tune in to KIX Digital or 107.3 HFM for LIVE coverage.


Played: 277.

Claremont: 130.

Subiaco: 146.

Draws: 1.

League: Tigers Return to Top Five

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12:00 PM

By Daniel Scamozzi

A determined and dominant performance helped Claremont record a vital 24-point win against East Perth in terrible conditions at Claremont Oval in round 16, moving the Tigers into fifth position on the ladder.

135 tackles – a WAFL record – highlighted the Tigers’ intent and appetite for the contest as they outworked and outclassed their opponents, 6.13 (49) to 3.7 (25) to record their sixth win of the season.

The Tigers also recorded 13 more inside 50s and nine more scoring shots as both teams tried to move the waterlogged ball forward by any means.

While the Tigers had more avenues to goal, including spearhead Tom Lee (game-high two goals), they also had a rock-solid defence, led by the unflappable Declan Hardisty.

In just his 11th game the 20-year-old was given the job of marking West Coast’s Liam Ryan (six disposals) and, not only did he blanket the dangerous forward, he also kept him scoreless to finish as Claremont’s best player and win the players’ player award.

The Tigers’ resolute defence also included two debutants, with first-gamers Jack Lewsey (14 disposals, seven tackles) and Addison Dew (six tackles) performing well alongside Jack Beeck, Lachlan Martinis (seven tackles), Anton Hamp and Dylan Smallwood.

Midfielder Jared Hardisty (29 disposals) set the tone in the contest and laid a game-high 13 tackles as he relished the heavy conditions and recorded an equal game-high seven inside-50s along with Morgan Davies, while Jye Bolton recorded a game-high 37 disposals.

Keifer Yu (nine tackles) was dangerous in the forward line and kicked an invaluable goal after the half-time siren to give the Tigers a 23-point lead at the main break, while fellow forward Alex Manuel (six tackles, one goal) worked tirelessly and delivered a brilliant left-footed pass to Lee for his second goal.

And the returning Tom Ledger (27 disposals, six tackles, six inside-50s) performed strongly in his first League game since round 11.

Mitchell Dobson recorded a team-high 33 disposals for East Perth, however, the Royals kicked just one goal after quarter-time as they recorded their lowest score of the season, suffered their eighth loss and were replaced in the top five by the Tigers.

The Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term and grabbed an early lead after Lee snapped the opening goal of the game.

East Perth hit back through goals to Matt Allen and Pat McGinnity, before Davies made the Royals pay from a 50m penalty and gave the Tigers a five-point lead at quarter-time.

A second to Lee resulted from Manuel’s brilliance and extended the lead early in the second term before goals to Tom Curren and Yu gave the Tigers a commanding advantage at half-time.

Manuel gave the Tigers five consecutive goals when he kicked truly in the 25th minute of the third term, before former Tiger Jake Waterman kicked East Perth’s first goal since the opening term.

The Tigers maintained their 23-point lead at the final change before just five behinds were scored in the final term as the hosts recorded a crucial win.

A rousing rendition of the team song capped off an outstanding day for the club, with first-gamers Lewsey and Dew alongside former player Warrick Proudlove in the middle of the circle.

The Tigers will aim for consecutive wins when they host Subiaco at Claremont Oval in round 17.

CLAREMONT 2.5 5.8 6.10 6.13 (49)

EAST PERTH 2.0 2.3 3.5 3.7 (25)


CLAREMONT: 2 T. Lee, 1 K. Yu, T. Curren, M. Davies, A. Manuel.

EAST PERTH: 1 P. McGinnity, M. Allen, J. Waterman.


CLAREMONT: D. Hardisty, J. Hardisty, J. Bolton, K. Yu, T. Ledger.

EAST PERTH: J. Nelson, T. Barrass, J. Petruccelle, B. Ainsworth.

Reserves: Tigers too Good for Royals

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 11:57 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

A four-goals-to-one opening term helped Claremont’s Reserves record a nine-point win against East Perth in terrible conditions at Claremont Oval in round 16.

Jordan Clark (17 disposals, seven tackles), Tyron Smallwood (19 disposals, seven tackles, three goals) and Rylie Morgan (21 disposals, 10 tackles) all made promising debuts in the 7.8 (50) to 6.5 (41) triumph as the Tigers recorded their 10th win of the season and returned to the top of the ladder.

The Tigers laid 111 tackles in the wet and heavy conditions, with the prominent Jacob Sideris (team-high 27 disposals, one goal) laying a game-high 15 as both teams tried to move the waterlogged ball forward by any means.

Bailey Bennett was Claremont’s best player and won the players’ player award for his outstanding performance which included 23 disposals (21 contested), nine tackles and one goal.

Morgan’s terrific debut included 16 contested disposals while fellow debutant Smallwood kicked two goals during the Tigers’ dominant opening term.

Meanwhile, acting captain Jesse Laurie marshalled the Tigers’ defence and continues to lead the team superbly.

Matt Young kicked two goals for East Perth as the Royals suffered their sixth loss of the season.

The Tigers kicked to the southern end of the ground in the opening term and grabbed an early lead after a quick kick out of the pack from James Egan resulted in the opening goal of the game.

Smallwood then doubled the advantage after repeat efforts from Nick Bucknall, before the debutant quickly snapped his second goal from a similar position in quick succession to give the Tigers a terrific start.

Young responded for East Perth with his and the team’s first major, before Ben Rushforth soccered through the Tigers’ fourth goal to give the hosts a 19-point lead at quarter-time.

Clark provided a glimpse of his class in the final minute of the opening term when the versatile 17-year-old, who was named Western Australia’s most valuable player and named in the All-Australian team following the recent under-18s Championships, bravely ran with the flight of the ball to haul in a courageous mark.

Just five behinds were scored in the second term as the Tigers took a 16-point lead at half-time before two of the first three goals in the second half saw East Perth close to within 10 points nearing the midway point of the third term.

However, in between those goals was a third to Smallwood, who evaded an opponent before finishing with aplomb from the right-forward pocket.

Goals to Bennett and Sideris then extended the Tigers’ lead to 24 points at the final change before Clark laid a great tackle in defence and earned himself a free kick in the final term.

Despite East Perth kicking the final three goals, the Tigers held on to record their third consecutive win.

The Tigers will aim to record their fourth consecutive win when they host Subiaco at Claremont Oval in round 17.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts recorded their first win since round 11 after defeating East Perth by 45 points, 13.12 (90) to 7.3 (45).

CLAREMONT 4.2 4.3 7.5 7.8 (50)

EAST PERTH 1.1 1.5 3.5 6.5 (41)


CLAREMONT: 3 T. Smallwood, 1 B. Bennett, J. Sideris, B. Rushforth, J. Egan.

EAST PERTH: 2 M. Young, 1 B. Miller, N. Eaton, M. Karpany, M. Gupanis.


CLAREMONT: B. Bennett, R. Morgan, T. Smallwood, J. Laurie, J. Sideris.

EAST PERTH: B. Miller, H. Stack, M. Young, C. Hart.

Round 16 Preview Claremont vs. East Perth

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 1:18 PM

By Daniel Scamozzi

Claremont host East Perth in a vital clash at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon, with the sixth-placed Tigers aiming to replace the fifth-placed Royals in the top five.

The Tigers are coming off a bye and will be aiming to record their sixth win of the season.

This Saturday is the club's annual “Proudies Day”, which aims to raise money for the care of former Claremont player Warrick Proudlove, who was seriously injured in a car accident in July 2011.

The Proudies Foundation was incorporated on 16th July 2012, with all funds raised by the Foundation

going directly to Warrick’s ongoing physical therapy. 

For more information and to donate, visit

The club encourages the Tiger Army to attend the game and to support the Proudies Foundation in any way you can. 


Claremont Oval, Saturday, July 21, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.


Tune in to KIX Digital for LIVE coverage.


Played: 276.

Claremont: 121.

East Perth: 153.

Draws: 2.

It’s Decision Time For Clark

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 11:59 AM

By Ken Casellas

He’s taken a hat-trick for Australia, has represented Western Australia at 15, 16 and 17 years of age in national football championships, has been chosen in the all-Australian side after the recent under-18 national carnival and was adjudged as Western Australia’s most valuable player.

He’s 17-year-old Guildford Grammar schoolboy Jordan Clark, a shining light in the Claremont Football Club’s colts side, and a member of the State under-19 cricket squad.

Clark’s wonderful ability as a footballer and cricketer has left him with a dilemma and he faces a tough decision regarding which sport he chooses as his No. 1 sporting priority.

His outstanding form on a half-back flank in WA’s four matches at the recent national carnival has launched him into the spotlight as a leading candidate to be selected by an AFL club in this year’s national draft.

He is also held in high regard by the WA Cricket Association’s coaching staff after his impressive form as a fast right-hand bowler in first-grade ranks for the Rockingham-Mandurah club and for WA at the under-17 national cricket carnival on the Sunshine Coast last October.

“The time to make a decision is coming pretty soon,” Clark said. “I’ll just wait and see what happens. I’ve got my options open. If I don’t get drafted or get a contract with cricket, I’ll see how long I will be able to play both sports.

“However, the decision could be made for me. So, regarding a preference, I’d say post-carnival with footy this year I’m pretty confident with the way my footy is going. So, I’d like to go with footy at the moment. I’ve always played footy, since I was four or five, whereas cricket is something I picked up a few years back to play a summer sport --- and cricket took off.”

A West Coast Eagles supporter, Clark has expectations of being drafted. “Leading into this year’s carnival, I was just looking at as I was not expecting to do as well as I did. I was probably thinking, maybe, I could be a smokie and be picked up as a rookie,” he said.

“But after the carnival, getting the MVP award and being named an all-Australian probably pushed me up the ranks a fair bit. And I’ve had a bit of contact with AFL clubs. If I get drafted I wouldn’t care which club drafted me; I would go anywhere; it would be a dream.”

Clark was born in Mandurah and lived there until his family moved to Albany when he was 13 where he went on to play football for the Railways club. He received a scholarship to Guildford Grammar School and was a boarder there in Years 11 and 12 (this year).

Clark was a member of the State under-16 side and played as an inside midfielder in carnival matches in Adelaide and the Gold Coast. He then played in national carnivals in the under-17s and under-18s.

He made his first-grade cricket debut for Rockingham-Mandurah a few weeks after his 16th birthday and then was chosen in the Australian under-16 side to play three 50-overs-a-side matches and three T20 matches against Pakistan in Dubai in January 2017 when he earned the man-off-the-series award.

The highlight of the series was Clark’s hat-trick and his 5-31 off 7.1 overs. With the final two deliveries of the 42nd over he dismissed Pakistan’s captain Aarish Ali and Nasim Shah (both caught behind) and with the first ball of the 44th over he bowled centurion Ruhail Nazir.

At the end of the 2016-17 season Clark won the award as the best under-17 player of the year in the WACA competition. His best performance in first-grade ranks last summer was his 4-93 off 21 overs against Claremont-Nedlands. He also enjoys playing for Guildford Grammar School where his coach is former South African Test batsman Hylton Ackerman.

“He’s a good down-to-earth coach and is having a good influence on my cricket,” said Clark, who identified his father Russ as having the major influence on his early development as a footballer.

“Lately, I have learnt a lot from listening to those who have spoken to the State 18’s squad this year. They include Bailey Banfield, who spoke at our jumper presentation night, and Jonathan Brown, who discussed football with us in Melbourne.”

Clark said that Claremont colts coach Ross McQueen has been one of the best coaches he has had coming through junior ranks.

He said that he is hopeful of returning to colts football with the Tigers (against East Perth) at Claremont Oval on Saturday. “I’m back at school next week and we have a game against Scotch at Guildford on Tuesday,” he explained. Geoff Valentine, an assistant at Claremont to league coach Darren Harris, is also coach of the Guildford side and he will determine whether Clark will play on Saturday.

Commitments with State sides and with Guildford have restricted Clark’s appearances with Claremont to seven matches last year and to four this year.

League: Wounded Tigers Overrun by Bulldogs

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 11:47 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

A brave but wounded Claremont had their two-game winning streak ended by South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in NAIDOC Round, with the Tigers suffering a 26-point defeat in cold conditions.

Despite winning the first and second terms, the depleted Tigers, who lost defender Bailey Rogers and midfielder Jye Bolton to ankle injuries in the second half, couldn’t overcome the fast-finishing Bulldogs who prevailed 10.13 (73) to 6.11 (47) to win the Jimmy Melbourne Cup.

In a bruising encounter where territory was gold and goals were rare, 158 tackles were laid as both teams battled for ascendancy in and around the contest.

With just 11 goals kicked up until the final change, the Bulldogs then pulled away with four goals to one in the final term, leaving the Tigers in fifth position on the ladder.

Midfielder Kane Mitchell, who recorded a game-high 34 disposals, starred with his repeat efforts and hard running and won the players’ player award, while Jared Hardisty laid a game-high 13 tackles and set the tone in the contest with his unwavering attack on the ball and pressure on the opposition.

Declan Hardisty (19 disposals, six marks, six tackles) and Anton Hamp (team-high 10 marks) starred in defence, with the latter keeping South’s Mason Shaw goalless, while Bolton (32 disposals) was prominent before sustaining his injury approaching time-on in the final term.

The Bulldogs were led by midfielder Marlion Pickett (23 disposals, eight tackles) and Zachary Strom (eight marks, one goal), with ruckman Brock Higgins (52 hit-outs) and Brandon Donaldson (three goals) also performing strongly.

The Tigers lost Haydn Busher (corked quad) from the team that defeated East Fremantle seven days earlier, as the visitors kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term.

With the Tigers wearing a guernsey designed by James Egan, and the teams playing with a special NAIDOC football designed by Samantha Mitchell, daughter of Claremont legend Michael Mitchell, an early goal from Tom Lee gave the visitors a great start to the game.

Matt Palfrey then benefited from a great tackle in midfield from Lachlan Martinis and a great pass from Morgan Davies as he kicked the Tigers’ second, with D. Hardisty denying the Bulldogs at the other end of the ground.

A great tackle from Lee on Higgins at half-back resulted in a free kick to the hardworking Tiger, before South’s Ben Saunders kicked truly to pull the Bulldogs to within three points at quarter-time.

Another great tackle, this time from ruckman Eddie Simpson on Pickett, resulted in a free kick to the Tiger early in the second term before Haiden Schloithe gave the Bulldogs the lead for the first time.

Lee then replied with his second goal to give the Tigers a five-point lead at half-time.

A goal to South’s Matt Parker reclaimed the lead for the hosts in the opening minute of the second half, before Tigers captain Ian Richardson caught Pickett holding the ball and replied with his first major.

Rogers was then stretchered from the ground in a cruel blow for the in-form Tiger and team, before a pair of goals from Donaldson gave the Bulldogs a seven-point lead.

Richardson replied with his second before Strom restored the Bulldogs’ seven-point lead at the final change.

Schloithe made the Tigers pay for two missed shots when he kicked his second goal early in the final term, before Jordan Law trimmed the deficit to six points.

However, the last three goals to the Bulldogs, combined with Bolton’s injury and a sore Nick Winmar proved too much for the Tigers to overcome.

The Tigers have a bye in round 15 before hosting East Perth at Claremont Oval in round 16.

CLAREMONT 2.1 3.5 5.8 6.11 (47)

SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.4 2.6 6.9 10.13 (73)


CLAREMONT: 2 T. Lee, I. Richardson, 1 M. Palfrey, J. Law.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 3 B. Donaldson, 2 H. Schloithe, B. Saunders, M. Parker, 1 Z. Strom.


CLAREMONT: K. Mitchell, J. Hardisty, D. Hardisty, A. Hamp, J. Bolton.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: H. Schloithe, Z. Strom, D. Main, M. Pickett, B. Saunders.

Reserves: Waterman Inspires Tigers

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 11:42 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

A five-goals-to-nil opening term was the catalyst for Claremont’s Reserves’ 19-point win against South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in round 14, but it was the inspirational return of a brilliant midfielder that delighted the Tiger Army.

Alec Waterman, son of dual West Coast Eagles premiership player Chris, and older brother of current Eagle Jake, last played for the Tigers in the 2014 Colts grand final.

He was then drafted by West Coast as a father-son selection before glandular fever and a post-viral fatigue illness cruelled the powerful midfielder’s chances of plying his trade at the highest level.

Waterman, 21, played eight League games for East Perth, however, Saturday’s 12.5 (77) to 8.10 (58) triumph was the Tiger’s first game since round 10, 2015, and also his Reserves debut.

An assistant coach earlier in the season and, more recently, a team runner, Waterman provided the highlight of the game when he snapped the Tigers’ third goal at the midway point of the opening term before being mobbed by his jubilant teammates.

He then kicked the opening goal of the second term and showed promising glimpses on-ball with his power and raking kick.

After bursting out of the blocks, the Tigers added four goals to two in the second term to take a 43-point lead at half-time, and despite the Bulldogs kicking six goals to three in the second half, the top-of-the-ladder Tigers held on to record consecutive wins.

Spearhead Nicholas Allan (seven marks) kicked a game-high six goals and won the players’ player award in just his fifth game, while the composed Jacob Orr impressed in defence.

The dashing Ben Rushforth (one goal) gave the Tigers great run and helped set the tone with an inspirational tackle in the opening term, while the returning Tom Lawrence (six marks) also impressed in defence.

Meanwhile, the hardworking Tom Ledger recorded team-high totals of 28 disposals and eight tackles.

Jake Florenca recorded a game-high 41 disposals for the Bulldogs, however, despite recording two more inside-50s and one more scoring shot, the hosts were left to rue their poor start and suffered their sixth loss of the season.

Consecutive goals to Allan gave the ferocious Tigers a great start to the game before Waterman helped them establish an 18-point lead midway through the opening term.

Rhett Lloyd then benefited from a hardball get and handball from Bailey Bennett to kick the Tigers’ fourth, before Rushforth epitomised the team’s appetite for the contest with his outstanding chase and tackle.

Allan then kicked his third after relentless forward pressure to give the Tigers a 31-point lead over the scoreless Bulldogs at quarter-time, with coach Steve Armstrong lauding the bright start and imploring the team to move the ball quick to the dangerous forwards.

An unmarked Waterman made it six consecutive goals when he kicked truly in the second term after being found by Bennett, before Daniel Cabassi kicked the Bulldogs’ first major.

James Egan, who designed Claremont’s League guernsey as part of NAIDOC Round, replied before Jordon Reid applied a great tackle on former Tiger Steven Edwards and kicked the team’s eight goal.

Rushforth then slammed through the Tigers’ ninth before Caleb Datson kicked the Bulldogs’ second.

The result was a 43-point lead to the Tigers at half-time, before the Bulldogs kicked three goals to none in the third term to close to within 20 points at the final change.

A great attack on the ball and long kick from Orr helped Allan register his fourth goal early in the final term before he quickly added his fifth to give the Tigers an unassailable 32-point lead.

His sixth then helped them hold off the fast-finishing Bulldogs.

The Tigers have a bye in round 15 before hosting East Perth at Claremont Oval in round 16.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered an 82-point loss to South Fremantle, 15.13 (103) to 2.9 (21).

CLAREMONT 5.1 9.3 9.4 12.5 (77)

SOUTH FREMANTLE 0.0 2.2 5.8 8.10 (58)


CLAREMONT: 6 N. Allan, 2 A. Waterman, 1 B. Rushforth, R. Lloyd, J. Reid, J. Egan.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 2 J. Warne, C. Datson, 1 D. Cabassi, Z. Sumich, B. Timewell, Z. De San Miguel.


CLAREMONT: N. Allan, J. Orr, B. Rushforth, T. Lawrence, T. Ledger.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: J. Florenca, Z. De San Miguel, J. Solomon, T. Reed, J. Collard.

Round 14 Preview South Fremantle vs. Claremont

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Claremont face South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in NAIDOC Round on Saturday afternoon, with the Tigers aiming to maintain their great form and record their third consecutive win.

NAIDOC Round celebrates the heritage, achievements and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Claremont and South Fremantle instigated WAFL NAIDOC Round in 2007 when they wore jumpers designed by Aboriginal artist Richard Walley. 

Saturday’s clash will be the third meeting between the fifth-placed Tigers and second-placed Bulldogs this season, with the Tigers recording a thrilling six-point win at the same venue back in round eight.

The club encourages the Tiger Army to attend the game.

Entry is FREE for children 15 and under.


Fremantle Community Bank Oval, Saturday, July 7, 2.40pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.


7mate will be televising the game LIVE from 2.30pm, or you can tune in to SportFM (91.3) or Footy Radio (WAFL App)


Played: 272.

South Fremantle: 146.

Claremont: 124.

Draws: 2.

By Dan Scamozzi

League: Tigers Roar into Top Five

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 12:12 PM

A dominant first half helped Claremont record a 20-point win against East Fremantle in Geraldton in round 13, giving the Tigers consecutive wins for the first time this season and catapulting the team into fifth position on the ladder.

Nine goals to two set up a commanding 44-point lead at half-time, and despite the Sharks kicking eight goals to four in the second half, the Tigers prevailed 13.11 (89) to 10.9 (69) to record their fifth win of the season.

Lachlan Martinis (28 disposals, seven marks, one goal) continued his strong form to finish as Claremont’s best player and won the players’ player award, with Jack Beeck (22 disposals) also outstanding across half-back.

Captain Ian Richardson kicked four goals for the second time in seven days, while Jared Hardisty laid a team-high eight tackles and Keifer Yu kicked three goals.

Matt Palfrey was recalled as both teams were allowed an extra player on the interchange, however, the Tigers lost Haydn Busher (corked thigh) early in the opening term.

George Hampson recorded a game-high 33 disposals for the Sharks, while Jack Perham and Cameron Loersch kicked three goals apiece.

The Tigers will aim for three consecutive wins when they face South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in round 14.

CLAREMONT 4.4 9.6 12.8 13.11 (89)

EAST FREMANTLE 1.2 2.4 8.6 10.9 (69)


CLAREMONT: 4 I. Richardson, 3 K. Yu, 1 T. Lee, R. Lim, M. Davies, L. Martinis, M. Palfrey, A. Manuel.

EAST FREMANTLE: 3 J. Perham, C. Loersch, 1 N. Kommer, J. Snadden, C. Eardley, J. Griffin.


CLAREMONT: L. Martinis, J. Beeck, I. Richardson, J. Hardisty, K. Yu.

EAST FREMANTLE: N. Kommer, G. Hampson, J. Snadden, C. Eardley, D. Anthony.

By Daniel Scamozzi


Reserves: Tigers Pounce on Sharks

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 12:07 PM


Claremont’s Reserves bounced back to form and returned to the top of the ladder after defeating East Fremantle by 36 points at East Fremantle Oval in round 13.

A blistering six-goals-to-none opening term set up the 15.9 (99) to 9.9 (63) triumph – the Tigers’ eighth win of the season – and featured the entire team playing its role and impacting the contest.

Midfielder Tom Ledger was Claremont’s best player and helped set the tone with his brilliant start to the game, which included two first-quarter goals, and finished the contest with 36 disposals (20 contested), a team-high five tackles and game-high 11 inside 50s.

The tireless Jacob Sideris provided fine support and recorded a game-high 38 disposals and also kicked two first-quarter goals, while Nic Bucknall kicked a team-high three goals and won the players’ player award.

Wingmen Josh Bennett (acting captain) and Tom Shanahan gave the Tigers great service with their run and link-up, while ruckman Jeremy Goddard (53 hit-outs) gave the midfield first use.

East Fremantle’s Nicholas Bonomelli kicked a game-high five goals, however, the last-placed Sharks were blown out of the water by the Tigers’ early onslaught and suffered their ninth defeat of the season.

Shanahan, Jordon Reid, Tre Kelton and Corey Hitchcock all came into the team as the Tigers kicked to the southern end of the ground in the opening term with the breeze at their backs, with Bailey Bennett making the most of a spearing pass from Ledger to kick the game’s opening goal.

Ledger then went from goal provider to scorer when he wobbled through the Tigers’ second, before Bucknall finished with aplomb from a tight angle.

Sideris then dribbled through the Tigers’ fourth goal after some fine work from Goddard in the ruck, before Ledger made the Sharks pay from a 50m penalty with his second.

A fine mark from Reid and repeat efforts from Jack Blaauw then allowed the speedy Sideris to slam through his second and the Tigers’ sixth goal as the dominant start resulted in a 35-point lead at quarter-time, with coach Steven Armstrong lauding the team’s efforts and pressing.

A sharp turn and exquisite finish from deep in the pocket from James Egan extended the lead to 41 early in the second term, before consecutive goals to Bonomelli got the Sharks on the board.

A second to Bucknall gave the Tigers a 31-point lead at half-time, before a great chase and tackle from Kelton allowed Nicholas Allan to kick truly and extend the lead early in the second half.

Four of the next five goals saw the Sharks close to within 24 points at the final change, before a second to Bailey Bennett early in the final term gave the Tigers the opening goal of every term.

Mackenzie Bristow replied for the Sharks, before Brett Wilson and a third goal to Bucknall gave the Tigers an unassailable 37-point lead.

Second goals to Egan and Allan then capped off the strong win.

The Tigers will aim for consecutive wins when they face South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval in round 14.

Meanwhile Claremont’s Colts suffered a 55-point defeat against East Fremantle, 15.11 (101) to 7.4 (46).

CLAREMONT 6.2 8.2 10.8 15.9 (99)

EAST FREMANTLE 0.3 2.7 6.8 9.9 (63)


CLAREMONT: 3 N. Bucknall, 2 T. Ledger, B. Bennett, J. Sideris, N. Allan, J. Egan, 1 B. Wilson, J. Blaauw.

EAST FREMANTLE: 5 N. Bonomelli, 1 M. Bristow, C. Holmes, M. Anderson, J. Stone.


CLAREMONT: T. Ledger, J. Sideris, N. Bucknall, J. Bennett, T. Shanahan.

EAST FREMANTLE: J. Stone, C. Holmes, A. Sereda, B. Harding, N. Bonomelli.

By Daniel Scamozzi