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Egan Shines On Debut

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:29 AM

By Ken Casellas

What a way to start your league career! That was the overwhelming emotion experienced by Claremont supporters in the round-six WAFL fixture at Rushton Park when they gasped with admiration as the pencil thin Jimmy Egan hurled himself to tackle the giant Peel Thunder ruckman Scott Jones.

The match was nine minutes old when Jones gained possession of the ball in Claremont’s right forward pocket. The 19-year-old Egan, on the field for only a couple of minutes in his league debut, tackled Jones and brought him to ground.

The fierce tackle stuck and Jones was penalised for holding the ball and Egan was awarded a free-kick for his determined effort. Egan’s shot at a goal veered across to the left and registered a behind.

The Wyndham teenager deserved to score a goal with his first kick in league football after his fearless tackle. It was a David and Goliath confrontation to be relished. The 60kg Egan was the lightest player on the field and he managed to stop the biggest man on the ground, the 205cm and 109kg Jones.

The difference in height was 26cm and Jones weighs a staggering 49kg more than Egan.

Egan had to wait until late in the second quarter to notch his first goal in senior ranks. A high right-foot kick from Claremont captain Ian Richardson was marked on the chest by Egan right on the boundary line in the right pocket. A clever screw kick brought up full points.

Egan’s second goal came late in the third term after Morgan Davies had sent the Tigers into attack. Egan gained possession and snapped truly as he tumbled to ground.

A minute later Egan was under notice again when he smothered a kick off the boot of Peel’s Ben Howlett. Egan finished the match in splendid style by accepting a pass from Ryan Lim and flying into the air to take an excellent overhead mark 20 metres out from goal. With 25 minutes on the clock Egan kicked truly to finish with three goals.

2018 Player Quiz - Beau Maister

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:13 AM









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

Q1 Name: Beau Maister

Q2 Nickname: Chief

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Wce

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: 1/2 time Auskick on subi oval as a young fella!

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Tom Brady

Q6 Favourite food: Mexican

Q7 Favourite movie: Jim Carey’s early stuff!

Q8 Favourite TV show: Entourage

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: John John Florence

Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Become mortgage free then a holiday house in Denmark.

Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Fiji

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

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

1. Leonardo DiCaprio

2. Roger Federer

3. Barack Obama

Q14 Your most treasured possession: Wedding ring

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Family time

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? 2011 premiership.

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Lurker (Tom Ledger)

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

Lurker (Tom Ledger)

Q19 Before a game I always: Have a long macchiato

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Team player

Tigers Star for Black Swans

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Claremont midfielders Kane Mitchell and Jye Bolton starred for Western Australia in their 26-point win against South Australia at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The 15.12 (102) to 11.10 (76) victory gave WA six consecutive State wins and their first in Adelaide since 1994, and was set up by a dominant eight-goal-to-none second term.

Despite a goalless opening term that saw WA trailing by 22 points at quarter-time, the Black Swans flexed their muscle after the first change, slamming on 15 goals to seven to further cement the WAFL’s status as the best State league.

Mitchell (25 disposals) played a pivotal role in the win both on and off the field with his hard running and knowledge of the opposition, while Bolton (34 disposals, one goal) won the Simpson Medal as WA’s best player.

It continues a remarkable record for Bolton, who won his first Simpson Medal in WA’s thumping of Tasmania in 2016 and has now played in the Black Swans’ past three wins.

“Given the spirit and talent in the team, I never had any doubt that we would get the W,” Bolton told The West Australian.

“We have a lot of pride in making sure we are the best comp outside the AFL.”

Former Claremont coach Michael Broadbridge coached WA for the second year running and has now led the Black Swans to historic away wins against Victoria and SA.

“It was a competitive and tough game and it took everything we had to win,” Broadbridge told The West Australian.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 0.4 8.6 10.9 15.12 (102)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 4.2 4.6 9.7 11.10 (76)


WESTERN AUSTRALIA: 3 A. Strijk, C. Gault, 2 R. Waters, B. Johnson, 1 R. Palmer, K. Horsley, J. Bolton, B. Stevenson, S. Wellingham.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 2 J. Scott, 1 S. Colquhoun, J. Hone, J. Hoskin, M. Motlop, Z. Kirkwood, K. Stevens, A. Riley, J. Hayes, M. Panos.


WESTERN AUSTRALIA: J. Bolton, S. Wellingham, J. Marsh, S. Nelson, L. Meadows, T. Notte, A. Strijk.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Z. Kirkwood, M. Grigg, M. Rose, M. Panos, J. Allmond, L. Thompson.



By Dan Scamozzi


2018 Player Quiz - Kane Mitchell

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:44 PM










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

Q1 Name: Kane Sydney Mitchell

Q2 Nickname: K-No, The People Champ, Rory’s son

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast

Q4 Best moment in junior footy: Taking hangs and kicking snags

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Ben Cousins

Q6 Favourite food: Fish tacos

Q7 Favourite movie: The Sandlot Kids

Q8 Favourite TV show: Avatar: The Last Airbender

Q9 If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: JB Prewitt

Q10 If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Party shirt

Q11 What’s your next bucket-list destination: Mt Everest

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

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

      1. Gandalf the Grey

      2. Buddha

      3. Tyrion Lannister

Q14 Your most treasured possession: Hard drive

Q15 What do you like to do on your days off? Binge watch and eat

Q16 What is your favourite memory at Claremont FC so far? Singing the club song with just my teammates out on the ground with an empty stadium.

Q17 Who is the king of selfies at CFC? Fraser Gilbert

Q18 Who would you say is the funniest player at CFC? Nick Bucknall

Q19 Before a game I always: Tape my toes

Q20 As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered? Rose for the big games and moments and a teammate that could be relied on.


Round 6 Match Report: League

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Patchy Tigers Fall to Peel

Stronger for longer.

It’s a mantra Claremont need to become as they search for a way to compete for longer periods and turn promising performances into wins.

The Tigers suffered their third consecutive loss when they were beaten by 20 points by Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium, 14.14 (98) to 11.12 (78), leaving them two wins outside the top five.

After trailing by 18 points at quarter-time after kicking against the breeze, the Tigers kicked four goals to one in the second term to take a two-point lead at half-time after some of their best football of the season, before Peel kicked eight goals to five in the second half.

Despite the Tigers laying nine more tackles and recording four more inside 50s (54-50), turnovers again hurt the visitors as Peel had the better of the key moments.

Jye Bolton led the way for the Tigers with his work rate, team-high 33 disposals and game-high 10 inside 50s, while Haydn Busher (23 disposals, six marks, six inside 50s) dominated from half-back.

Jared Hardisty (seven tackles) battled manfully, while James Egan starred on debut with three goals and gave the Tigers some much-needed zip in the forward line.

Beau Maister (six marks) spearheaded the forward line and kicked a game-high four goals on the back of improved delivery and gave the Tigers a great contest in the ruck, while vice-captain Kane Mitchell laid a team-high 10 tackles.

Defender Declan Hardisty won the players’ player award for his outstanding efforts in just his second game, however, Matt Palfrey injured his right calf in the first half.

Big man Luke Strnadica kicked a team-high three goals for Peel as the hosts recorded their second win of the season and first since round one.

Tom Ledger and Jeremy Goddard came into the Claremont team who were defeated by South Fremantle for Keifer Yu and Oliver Eastland (both concussion), while Egan was a late replacement for Ryan Murphy (groin).

The Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term against the breeze on a glorious day for football, however, Haydn Matthews gave Peel an early lead.

Jordan Law hit back for the Tigers courtesy of a free-kick before three goals in six minutes, including two to the dangerous Leroy Jetta, saw Peel respond and take a 17-point lead.

Maister replied for the Tigers before a crunching tackle from Busher on Jetta gave an early indication of the defender’s appetite for the contest.

Ben Howlett then struck late in the term to give Peel an 18-point lead at quarter-time.

The Tigers led the tackle count 34-20, with Hardisty already laying five, as coach Darren Harris encouraged the team to take the game on.

That’s exactly what happened in the second term as Jack Beeck bounced through a goal from 60m after a quick chain of handballs on the far side of the ground, with Tom Lee working hard to take marks at both ends.

A great run and long pass from Bolton then allowed Maister to kick his second goal before Egan bent through his first major to give the Tigers the lead and was mobbed by teammates.

Palfrey limped from the field before Maister kicked his third after sustained pressure on the outer wing and an ability to keep the ball moving forward resulted in an eight-point lead on the back of four consecutive goals.

Peel captain Gerald Ugle then made the Tigers pay for a turnover on the wing and trimmed the lead to two points at half-time.

Three goals in the opening eight minutes of the second half, including a second to Ugle, gave Peel a 16-point lead before Tigers captain Ian Richardson landed a bomb to keep the visitors in touch.

Goals to Traye Bennell and Strnadica (second) gave Peel a 25-point lead after a pair of Tigers turnovers, before Maister kicked his fourth after a strong mark and pass from Lee.

Busher then laid another desperate tackle before Egan snapped his second goal and pulled the Tigers to within 13 points at the final change.

Harris encouraged the team to stay calm, not panic and keep their composure, however, Peel dominated the first part of the final term and extended their lead through goals to Michael Tassone (second) and Ben Hancock.

A running goal from Ledger gave the Tigers hope, before a third to Strnadica snuffed out any chance of a comeback.

A spearing pass from joint vice-captain Ryan Lim saw Egan kick his third goal to cap off an outstanding debut.

The Tigers’ next game is at home to Perth in round seven on May 19.

CLAREMONT 2.2 6.7 9.9 11.12 (78)

PEEL THUNDER 5.2 6.5 11.10 14.14 (98)


CLAREMONT: 4 B. Maister, 3 J. Egan, 1 I. Richardson, J. Beeck, T. Ledger, J. Law.

PEEL THUNDER: 3 L. Strnadica, 2 G. Ugle, L. Jetta, M. Tassone, 1 B. Howlett, T. Bennell, H. Matthews, B. Hancock, M. Apeness.


CLAREMONT: J. Bolton, H. Busher, D. Hardisty, J. Egan.

PEEL THUNDER: B. Howlett, M. Tassone, B. Hancock, D. Pearce, S. Kersten.

By Dan Scamozzi

Round 6 Match Report: Reserves

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Tigers Record Consecutive Wins

An outstanding team performance saw Claremont’s Reserves smash Peel Thunder by 39 points at Bendigo Bank Stadium and record consecutive wins.

A four-goal-to-none second term paved the way for the 14.4 (88) to 7.7 (49) triumph, with the Tigers slamming on 11 goals to four after quarter-time.

In a game where every Tiger played their part and had an impact on the result, Eddie Simpson (18 disposals, 15 hit-outs) led the way with his efforts in the ruck against Fremantle’s Lloyd Meek and also contributed around the ground and kicked three goals, including two in the opening term.

Cooper Nitschke, who kicked two goals on debut against South Fremantle six days earlier, kicked three majors and was a constant threat with his pace and nous around goal, while Addison Dew performed strongly alongside Dylan Smallwood in defence.

Acting captain Isaac Wallace (22 disposals, six tackles) continued his outstanding form and repeatedly set the tone with his unwavering attack on the ball and won the players’ player award, while Declan McNamara laid a game-high nine tackles.

Kaiden Gilbert took seven marks and kicked three goals while Nick Winmar recorded a game-high five inside 50s.

In further good news, Jesse Laurie and Josh Bennett returned from injury, with Jordon Reid and Brett Wilson also among the inclusions.

Tom Ledger, Jeremy Goddard and James Egan (all League) went out of the team who defeated the Bulldogs, along with Jack Richardson (concussion).

Brett Milward and Alex Cohen kicked two goals apiece for Peel, who led by two points at quarter-time but were no match for the rampaging Tigers from then on.

The Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term against the breeze on a glorious day for football, however, goals to Cohen and James Kirby gave Peel a 12-point lead 12 minutes into the contest.

A kick-to-advantage from Wallace allowed Simpson to kick the Tigers’ first major before Rhett Lloyd made Peel pay from a 50m penalty.

Peel hit back through Milward, before a second goal to Simpson followed a strong mark from Smallwood in defence and saw the Tigers trailing by two points at quarter-time.

Coach Steven Armstrong praised the great effort against the breeze, with the Tigers +15 in uncontested marks and looking dangerous through Simpson and Reid.

Neither team were able to gain the ascendency in the opening eight minutes of the second term before Nitschke won the ball at ground level in the forward pocket, turned sharply and dribbled through the Tigers’ fourth goal to give the visitors the lead for the first time.

This sparked the Tigers into action, with Gilbert extending the lead after a perfect pass from Ben Rushforth before a great turn of speed and pass from Nitschke allowed Jacob Sideris to kick truly.

Wallace then gathered the ball brilliantly at pace at half-back and kicked long, allowing Nitschke to kick his second and gave the Tigers five goals in a row and a 22-point lead at half-time.

Reid made it six in a row early in the second half after a great turn of speed and pass from Shaquille Morton, before Laurie prevented Peel from kicking their fourth goal.

An outstanding mark from Simpson at half-back soon followed, before Gilbert kicked his second after a sweeping move from defence and pass from Sideris.

Milward (second) then kicked Peel’s first goal since the 21-minute mark of the opening term and halted a run of seven consecutive goals to the Tigers, before Nick Merritt gave the hosts consecutive majors.

However, goals to the lively Nick Yarran and Gilbert (third) saw the Tigers steady and take a 31-point lead at the final change.

Armstrong encouraged the team to keep it simple in the final term, defend first and then spread, as third goals to Simpson and Nitschke gave the Tigers a 45-point lead and resulted from relentless pressure forward of centre.

Consecutive goals to Peel proved little more than consolation as, fittingly, the Tigers had the final say through Winmar to remain on top of the ladder after six rounds.

The Tigers’ next game is at home to Perth in round seven on May 19.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Colts suffered a disappointing 78-point loss to Peel Thunder, 21.10 (136) to 9.4 (58).

CLAREMONT 3.0 7.1 11.1 14.4 (88)

PEEL THUNDER 3.2 3.3 5.6 7.7 (49)


CLAREMONT: 3 E. Simpson, K. Gilbert, C. Nitschke, 1 N. Winmar, J. Sideris, N. Yarran, R. Lloyd, J. Reid.

PEEL THUNDER: 2 B. Milward, A. Cohen, 1 C. Thorne, N. Merritt, J. Kirby.


CLAREMONT: E. Simpson, C. Nitschke, A. Dew, I. Wallace, K. Gilbert.

PEEL THUNDER: A. Bray, J. Kirby, O. Walton, A. Cohen, K. Power.

By Dan Scamozzi

Round 6 Preview Peel Thunder vs. Claremont

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 4:43 PM

Claremont and Peel Thunder clash at Bendigo Bank Stadium on Saturday afternoon with both teams in desperate need of a win and aiming to end losing streaks.

The Tigers have suffered losses to Subiaco and South Fremantle in the past two rounds, while Peel is winless since round one.

With both teams on one win apiece and two wins outside the top five, a fierce contest is set to unfold.

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



Bendigo Bank Stadium, Saturday, May 05, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.


Tune in to SportFM (91.3) for LIVE coverage, or you can download the WAFL App and listen via Footy Radio on your phone.


Played: 55.

Claremont: 39.

Peel Thunder: 16.

By Dan Scamozzi

Davies Excels In New Role

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 4:05 PM

By Ken Casellas

Morgan Davies is an exciting and talented midfielder, blessed with delightful skills. He is innovative, enterprising, entertaining and attacking.

But the 21-year-old Claremont left-footer has revealed another side of his footballing character in recent weeks, shining as a dogged, determined, dedicated and disciplined tagger.

His performance in dulling the brilliance of South Fremantle’s 2017 Sandover medallist Haiden Schloithe in the match at Albany’s Centennial Stadium on Saturday was of the highest order and was a most heartening feature of Claremont’s disappointing 27-point loss to the Bulldogs.

Davies wore regular match-winner Schloithe like a glove and kept him under tight wraps for the entire contest. Schloithe was restricted to just six kicks and six handpasses. Four of his six kicks were from free-kicks, two of which were from a hard-tackling Davies and the other two from other Claremont players.

Schloithe managed to kick three goals, two from free-kicks, one of which included a 50m penalty. But Davies was the significant victor of the duel. He sacrificed personal glory as he relentlessly pursued his rival, harassing him everywhere he went.  

Davies finished with just two marks, five kicks and ten handpasses, as well as seven tackles. His was a task performed with distinction against an experienced opponent who in his three previous matches this season had averaged 26.3 disposals (16 kicks and 11.6 handpasses).

In Claremont’s first four matches this season Davies, who was recruited by the Tigers from the Royals club in Albany, has taken 16 marks, had 47 kicks, made 29 handpasses and applied 20 tackles. And, for good measure, he has driven the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking arc 15 times.

In his first 17 league matches Davies has laid 76 tackles, an average of 4.47 a match. He was one of several spirited Claremont performers on an afternoon during which the Tigers strongly challenged South Fremantle before fizzling out in the final quarter.

Is there any justice in football was a question raised after the defeat in a fiercely-contested physical affair which saw the Tigers have more kicks (191 to 188), more marks (82 to 68), and more handpasses (132 to 98).

Claremont’s tally of eight goals was a poor reward for 31 entries into the side’s 50m attacking zone. Again, the Tigers had difficulty in scoring goals. So far, in their first four matches this year Claremont have ventured inside the 50m area 170 times for just 39 goals.

The best news to come out of Saturday’s match was that fearless defender Keifer Yu has not sustained any serious ill-effects from a neck injury incurred when he was at the forefront of a strong physical contest seven minutes into the final term.

The Bulldogs then held a 14-point advantage, and after a six-minute delay while Yu received medical assistance and was taken from the field on a stretcher, they maintained their superiority to stretch the margin to 27 points when the siren sounded with 38 minutes and 40 seconds on the clock.

It was a disappointing end for the Tigers who had promised so much when they trailed by just one point at half-time and by two points at three-quarter time.

A highlight of the match was the tremendous effort from 20-year-old Olly Eastland in his ninth league appearance when he conceded 21kg to South’s mountainous ruck giant Brock Higgins, but did not shirk the issue and contested the ruck duels with great vigour throughout the match. He set the scene in the first few minutes of the match when he held a splendid contested mark against Higgins before firing off an accurate pass to Ian Richardson. 

Another former Scotch College student and 20-year-old in Declan Hardisty made an auspicious league debut, filling in for the injured Fraser Gilbert in a back pocket. Hardisty, not related to Claremont’s dynamic midfielder Jared Hardisty, acquitted himself well, mainly opposed to Blaine Johnson and Dylan Main.

Claremont’s defence held up in fine style, with Haydn Busher quelling the effectiveness of Ben Saunders, Anton Hamp keeping Mason Shaw goalless and Jack Beeck, Bailey Rogers and Ryan Murphy also defending stoutly.

Claremont’s run and carry, as well as their fierce tackling, placed Souths under constant pressure in the first three quarters. The Bulldogs simply were given little or no room in which to move or to create avenues to goal.

Richardson enlivened proceedings with three magnificent goals, and Tom Lee weighed in with another three and Ryan Lim with two. Kane Mitchell, Jye Bolton, Jared Hardisty and Lim worked hard on the ball and Jordan Law and Alex Manuel again came under notice in the forward line with their strong attacks on the ball and their crunching tackles.


South Fremantle 12.13 (85) beat Claremont 8.10 (58)

Scorers---SOUTH FREMANTLE: H. Schloithe 3.0; B. Donaldson 2.2; M. Parker 2.0; B. Johnson, B. Saunders 1.1; D. Cabassi, B. Higgins, D. Main 1.0; M. Shaw 0.3; A. Hams 0.2; S. Bewick, N. Suban 0.1; 2 pts forced. CLAREMONT: T. Lee, I. Richardson 3.0; R. Lim 2.0; K. Mitchell, M. Palfrey 0.2; B. Bennett, H. Busher, O. Eastland, B. Maister, A. Manuel, R. Murphy 0.1.

Best---SOUTH FREMANTLE: B. Donaldson, S. Hockey, B. Higgins, D. Main, N. Suban, S. Edwards. CLAREMONT: M. Davies, K. Mitchell, J. Bolton, H. Busher, O. Eastland, J. Hardisty, A. Hamp.

Kia WAFL State Squad Named

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:36 AM

AN initial Kia WAFL State Squad of 33 players has been named for next month’s State Game against the South Australian National Football League in Adelaide.

The game will be played at Adelaide Oval at 11.40am WA time on Saturday May 12 as a curtain-raiser to the Port Adelaide v Adelaide AFL Showdown.

The game will be streamed live online through the SANFL Digital Pass and simulcast on radio in WA via Sport FM 91.3fm.

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Round 5 Match Report: Reserves

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Dynamic Tigers Pounce on Bulldogs

A scintillating six-goal-to-one opening term paved the way for Claremont’s Reserves’ outstanding 49-point win against a sluggish South Fremantle at Claremont Oval.

The 14.9 (93) to 6.8 (44) triumph resulted from great pressure, repeat inside 50s, blue-collar efforts and slick ball movement as the Tigers recorded their third win of the season.

The Tigers also dominated inside 50s (47-31), recorded nine more scoring shots and held the Bulldogs goalless in the final term.

Unflappable defender Dylan Smallwood marshalled Claremont’s defence and took a game-high nine marks to win the players’ player award, while the tireless Jacob Sideris (29 disposals) got to contest after contest through hard running, won several clearances and applied constant pressure to


The powerful Isaac Wallace continues to press his case for a League debut with his unwavering attack on the ball, while Tom Ledger (33 disposals, one goal) and Nick Winmar (six inside 50s) responded to their League omissions with strong performances.

James Egan kicked a game-high four goals, had a hand in several others and was the architect of the Tigers’ stunning burst in the opening term through his nous and immaculate foot skills, while Rhett Lloyd chipped in with three.

Ruckman Jeremy Goddard (39 hit-outs) impressed with his marking, while Ben Rushforth drove the Tigers forward with his rebound from half-back.

In further good news, Nick Bucknall made his club debut, Cooper Nitschke (two goals) his Reserves debut, Tom Lawrence and Cameron Quenby played their first games of the season and Shaquille Morton (one goal) returned from a quad strain to lay a team-high five tackles.

However, forward Jack Richardson was concussed in the second term and took no further part in the game.

Jesse Musika kicked a team-high three goals for the Bulldogs, however, the visitors had no answers to the Tigers’ early onslaught and looked well off the pace in perfect but hot conditions.

The Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term and wasted no time in stamping their authority on the contest, as Eddie Simpson kicked truly after a great turn of speed and pass from Egan.

Egan then set up Kaiden Gilbert in almost identical fashion as the Tigers made it two goals in the opening five minutes, before the electric Egan crumbed to make it three in seven and give the hosts a 17-point lead.

Lloyd then kicked the Tigers’ fourth after being found by Morton, with Egan again involved, before Nitschke benefited from outstanding pressure from Sideris, who created a turnover at full-forward, to slam through the hosts’ fifth major halfway through the term.

Ruckman Jake Solomon then responded for the Bulldogs, before Lloyd kicked his second goal after great defensive pressure from the Tigers to give the hosts a commanding 33-point lead at quarter-time.

Coach Steven Armstrong lauded the Tigers’ great pressure, repeat inside 50s and blue-collar efforts, before a scrappy start to the second term unfolded.

A booming second goal to Egan resulted from a fierce tackle from Wallace moments earlier and extended the Tigers’ lead to 39 points, before Richardson was assisted from the field.

A blistering run and kick forward from Morton then allowed Egan to kick his third goal and give the Tigers three in a row, before Musika responded for the Bulldogs on the stroke of half-time.

Consecutive goals to the Bulldogs trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 25 points early in the second half, before great pace and a pinpoint squaring pass from Declan McNamara allowed Morton to respond.

The busy Ledger then speared through the Tigers’ 10th goal, before Riley Burke responded for the Bulldogs.

A second to Nitschke involved a one-two with Sideris, before a third to Musika trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 30 points at the final change.

Fourth and third goals to Egan and Lloyd respectively extended the Tigers’ lead to 45 points halfway through the final term, before a squaring pass from Morton allowed McNamara to put the final touches on a clinical performance.

The Tigers will be aiming for consecutive wins when they face Peel Thunder at Bendigo Bank Stadium in round six.

Meanwhile, an outstanding performance from Claremont’s Colts resulted in a 35-point win against South Fremantle at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, 11.6 (72) to 5.7 (37).

CLAREMONT 6.4 8.5 11.6 14.9 (93)

SOUTH FREMANTLE 1.1 2.3 6.6 6.8 (44)


CLAREMONT: 4 J. Egan, 3 R. Lloyd, 2 C. Nitschke, 1 T. Ledger, E. Simpson, K. Gilbert, S. Morton, D. McNamara.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: 3 J. Musika, 1 R. Burke, A. Coutinho, J. Solomon.


CLAREMONT: D. Smallwood, J. Sideris, I. Wallace, T. Ledger, N. Winmar.

SOUTH FREMANTLE: B. Della Franca, M. Grubelich, D. Fiamengo, G. Byron, Z. De San Miguel.


By Dan Scamozzi