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Franz Stands Tall On Dark Day | Round 3 League Match Report

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 4:49 PM

Claremont came crashing back to stark reality at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday when the side was pulverised by a vibrant Subiaco team which inflicted a demoralising 80-point defeat on the Tigers who were still preening themselves on their upset win over the 2013 premiers West Perth the previous weekend.

Standing tall among the wreckage was Brandon Franz, who gave an almost flawless exhibition at full-back.

The 28-year-old Franz, returning to the club this year after taking 2013 off to play for the Margaret River Hawks, was wonderfully resolute in a defence which was constantly under siege.

Subiaco went on a scoring spree and amassed a total of 18.22 while restricting Claremont to 6.14. Franz had the task of guarding Matthew Boland, and it was a job he performed with great merit. Boland managed just three kicks and his solitary scoring shot was a goal midway through the third quarter when he was matched against Tom Willett and held a strong contested mark.

Franz, cool and calculating, lean and lithe, was constantly under notice as he thwarted Subiaco, outmanoeuvring his opponent, taking telling marks and using spoiling tactics superbly.  He finished the contest with 13 spoils, a total rarely achieved by any individual. His performance was nonpareil.

The sad fact to emerge from the annihilation was that Subiaco took the field with a disciplined, slick and well-drilled combination which gave Claremont a football lesson. It was simply a case of the rampaging Lions mauling the tentative Tigers to take the mantle of Kings of the Jungle.

In contrast, Claremont were indecisive and paltry, hesitant and uncoordinated. Poor disposal by hand and foot led to an abundance of turnovers.

The performance, and the result, came as a major shock to the hardy band of Claremont faithful. In the past four seasons Tigers supporters approached contests against the Lions with a self-satisfied, almost arrogant air. It was a case of “ho hum, it’s the Lions to the slaughter again.”

Claremont had won 11 of the 12 previous encounters against Subiaco, scoring 194.151 to Subiaco’s 116.115. Certainly what transpired on Saturday came as a rude awakening to all associated with the club. It’s now a case of back to the drawing board.

And there’s certainly not an army of players clamouring for league selection. The demolition in the league match followed Subiaco’s 107-point thrashing of an injury-ravaged Claremont in the reserves match. In the space of four and a bit hours Subiaco’s senior footballers had piled on 39 goals and 41 behinds to Claremont’s puny 12.16.  

And to make matters worse Subiaco completed a hat-trick of wins by charging home and snatching victory from the Tigers in the colts match. Disconsolate Claremont fans trudged home with heavy hearts and contemplating another journey to East Fremantle Oval next Saturday to take on the Sharks in the three grades.

A knee injury to captain Jake Murphy kept him out of action in the final three quarters. But the loss of one player cannot be used as any sort of excuse for such apathetic performance.

It was not all bad for Claremont, however, with heartening displays from 18-year-olds Darcy Cameron and Max Bentley and determined efforts from experienced midfielders Luke Blackwell and Andrew Foster.

Cameron followed his breakout performance against West Perth with another tremendous exhibition of ruck work. Not only did he excel at the bounce-downs and boundary throw-ins, but he laid a match-high tally of six tackles, gained five clearances from stoppages and got the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking zone three times. For good measure he took six marks had 14 kicks and made four effective handpasses.

Bentley gave a disciplined performance on a wing where he curbed the brilliance of the vastly-experienced Shaun Hildebrandt, who was making his 223rd league appearance. Bentley, in his third senior match, sacrificed personal glory by keeping a tight rein on Hildebrandt and restricting him to just eight kicks and seven handpasses.

Blackwell and Foster tried hard to lift the Tigers. Blackwell laid four tackles and Foster three and Blackwell gained seven clearances from stoppages and Foster eight.

Jack Richardson had his moments in attack and so, too, did Jack Bradshaw. Each booted two goals. Tom Ledger again took up station on a half-back flank with the task of being a link man and rebounding the ball from defence into attack. He had his hands full in the opening term when George Hampson ran riot with eight disposals and two goals.

Later in the contest Ledger was opposed by the dangerous Josh Deluca. However, Ledger worked hard to set up attacks and he looks set for a fine season.

There were no early signs of Claremont complacency or of what was about to unfold. Cameron soared to win the tap at the opening bounce and then inside the first minute he intercepted a Subiaco clearing kick and passed deftly to Ryan Neates, whose kick found a leading Mark Seaby. But only a behind resulted.

A minute later Seaby handballed to John Williams, but again a behind was the result. It took the Maroons six minutes to hit the scoreboard --- when Jarrod Kayler-Thomson received a free-kick and brought up full points.

Chris Phelan was a dominant midfielder for the visiting side and Hampson, Josh Deluca and Shane Yarran were causing all sorts of problems for the Claremont defence. After 16 minutes Subiaco had gone inside their attacking 50m zone 11 times to Claremont’s four and danger signals were blaring for the Tigers.

A second goal to Hampson gave The Lions a handsome lead, 5.4 to 0.2, at the 18-minute mark. Finally, Claremont registered their first goal, with the quarter 22 minutes old. Blackwell was working hard and he gained possession at right half-forward and sent a left-foot pass to Bradshaw, whose goal helped to lift the spirits of the Tigers fans.

Blackwell won the clearance at the opening bounce of the second term, but it was the Lions who got the first goal, a snap from Hampson after 96 seconds. It was a fine, warm day with little breeze and the challenge was there for the Tigers to get back into the contest. But Subiaco continued to dominate and added 5.6 to 1.1 for the quarter. Thankfully Subiaco were off target many times.

Franz was outstanding in this quarter, frequently foiling Subiaco with strong marks and determined spoils. Matt Orzel was fighting doggedly, but nothing seemed to be going right.

Claremont’s solitary major for the term came with 12 minutes and 50 seconds on the clock when Bradshaw’s long kick from the left wing was marked by Richardson for his first. Claremont’s 2.5 was a poor return for a half of football and Subiaco held a handsome 55-point lead at the long interval.

Among the changes to the Claremont line-up were the switch of Henry Roberts from a wing to a back pocket and of defender Brenden Abbott to the midfield and it appeared a far more determined Tigers side which went into battle for the second half. Blackwell won the clearance at the opening bounce and Richardson kicked his second goal with just 30 seconds on the clock.

Abbott followed with a poster three minutes later and soon after that Claremont had their fourth goal on the board after Foster had sent the ball forward and Bradshaw took a sliding mark on the boundary line in the right pocket before slotting a goal home from a most acute angle.

There was greater intensity in the Claremont ranks. The tackling was strong and purposeful and everything was becoming much more cohesive. However, 14 minutes passed after Claremont’s fourth goal before the fifthl was posted. Ledger marked a Subiaco clearing kick and fired an excellent pass to Williams, who kicked accurately.

This was a much better quarter by Claremont, with the Tigers outscoring Subiaco, 3.6 to 3.2. In a disappointing final term Claremont managed only one goal, after seven minutes when Anton Hamp had taken a diving mark. Subiaco again seized the initiative and fortunately for the Tigers inaccuracy marred their play. The Lions scored 5.8 to 1.3 in the last quarter and romped home by 80 points to cement their spot at the top of the WAFL premiership table.

It was symptomatic of Franz’s dedication that half-way through the quarter he was still battling with tremendous zest and at one stage he produced a perfect spoil against Rhys Waters and then recovered his composure to tackle Hampson to again thwart the Lions. He was still in the thick of the action with 28 minutes and 40 seconds on the clock when he was flattened on the scoreboard flank.

by Ken Casellas


Subiaco 18.22 (130) beat Claremont 6.14 (50)

Scorers---SUBIACO: G. Hampson 4.4; C. Deluca 3.6; J. Deluca 2.4; S. Yarran 2.2; S. Moore 2.0; J. Bristow, J. Kayler-Thomson, R. Waters 1.1; M. Boland, A. Davey 1.0; B. Mahoney, F. Stockley, W. Toomey 0.1. CLAREMONT: J. Bradshaw 2.2; J. Richardson 2.1; A. Hamp 1.2; JK. Williams 1.1; B. Abbott, M. Davies, A. Foster 0.2; D. Cameron, M. Seaby 0.1.

Best---SUBIACO: G. Hampson, B. Mahoney, C. Phelan, W. Twomey, C. Deluca, J. Deluca, J. Bristow. CLAREMONT: L. Blackwell, A. Foster, D. Cameron, B. Franz, M. Bentley, J. Richardson, T. Ledger.

Tigers Outclassed By Lions | Round 3 Reserves Match Report

Monday, April 7, 2014 - 3:45 PM

Claremont’s Reserves’ (Development) have lost their first game of the season after being well and truly outplayed by Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval.

In a one-sided match, the Lions proved far too good, running out 107 point winners 21.19 (145) to 6.2 (38).

In an ideal start for the Lions, Kyle Halligan kicked truly in the opening minute of the game to hand the side an early lead.

With the Lions dominating the early stages, Jordan Bestry kicked the first of his five majors to give the Lions their second, six minutes into the contest.

The Tigers took all of eight minutes to register their first I50m entry, before Jayden Brooks kicked the team’s first goal after being well set up by Kiefer Yu.

However, goals to Dylan Clarke and Sean Bradley gave the Lions an early break, before Shane McAdam’s goal at the 22 minute mark saw the Tigers trail by 16 points at quarter time.

The scoreboard somewhat flattered the Tigers, with Subiaco’s pressure resulting in several turnovers and an over-reliance on handball.

The start to the second term mirrored the first, with the Lions completely dominating the opening stages despite wastefulness in front of goal.

The Lions added four consecutive behinds as they peppered the Tigers, with Claremont unable to clear the ball from their defence.

Halligan’s second goal at the ten minute mark saw the lead extended to 26 points, before a second to Clarke saw the lead pushed out to 33 at the halfway stage of the term.

A third to Clarke minutes later saw the lead blow out to 40 points and suddenly the Lions had a stranglehold on the game.

A quick reply from the hard-working Ben Daniher saw the margin reduced to 34, before a goal to Dane Stephen on the stroke of half time saw the Lions lead by 40 points at the major break.

Although the Tigers had 21 more disposals in the first half, the pressure from the Lions was resulting in constant turnovers, with their wasteful kicking in front of goal (21 shots to four) providing the only solace for Claremont in a disappointing opening half of football.

What the Tigers needed was a fast start to the second half. This was not the case as the Lions kicked the first two goals through David Madut and Bestry (second).

When Clancy Wheeler got in on the action with a thumping goal at the 16 minute mark of the term, the Lions were out to a 63 point lead.

The Tigers replied through Evan Panizza, however, Bestry kicked his third major to restore parity.

When McAdam and Jordan McAllister kicked consecutive goals for the Tigers the lead was cut back to 51 points, although a late goal to Bradley saw the Lions lead by 57 points at the last change.

With Tigers coach Nigel Wilson happy that his team showed a bit more during the term, he instructed his players to put their hand up and run out the game.

However, as had been the case all game, the Lions had all the answers, kicking the opening four goals of the last term, including Bestry and Clarke registering their fourth majors.

Darcy Boyle got his first for the day at the 16 minute mark, before the dominant Bestry kicked his fifth of the game, remarkably coming from only six kicks and suddenly a three-figure winning margin was on the cards.

This proved to be the case through two late goals, including a third to Garcia, giving the Lions a resounding victory and leaving the Tigers to lick their wounds ahead of next rounds fixture against East Fremantle at the same venue.

by Dan Scamozzi

CLAREMONT 2.1 3.1 6.1 6.2 (38)

SUBIACO 4.5 8.11 13.16 21.19 (145)







Round 3 Preview Claremont vs. Subiaco

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 6:27 PM

Claremont will be looking to make it consecutive wins when they host Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval this Saturday.

The Tigers recorded their first win of the season with a 12 point victory over reigning premiers West Perth in round two, while Subiaco made it consecutive wins with a 56 point thrashing of East Fremantle.

Most pleasing for Tigers coach Michael Broadbridge was the response the team showed following the disappointing defeat to Perth in round one.

The Tigers intensity, endeavour and pressure was back to its best at Arena Joondalup, and the side will be looking to replicate that against a white-hot Lions outfit.

The Tigers have enjoyed a recent dominance over the Lions, winning 11 of the last 12 encounters between the two sides.

Forward Jack Bradshaw is a good chance to line up against the Lions having overcome an ankle concern, although competition for spots will be strong following the impressive League debuts by Jack Richardson and Keegan Knott.

Vice-captain Trinity Handley will miss a second game with a hamstring injury.

The Tigers will look to gain an advantage in the ruck with Darcy Cameron and Mark Seaby coming up against the likes of Frank Stockley and Lachlan Delahunty.

Cameron was outstanding in the win over the Falcons, having 49 hit outs in only his second League game.

He will be looking to give midfielders Jake Murphy and Luke Blackwell first use of the football after they combined for 63 disposals and 25 clearances against the Falcons.

The Tigers defence will have to be on their guard, with the Lions boasting an array of goal kickers including Rhys Waters who has kicked seven goals in two games.

Tom Ledger was outstanding in the backline last round with his attack on the football and he’ll be looking to set up scoring opportunities with his run and rebound.

The Tigers will be wary of Shaun Hildebrandt, Wayde Twomey and Jason Bristow after strong starts to the season, while the teams’ accuracy in front of goal will also pose a threat, having kicked 33.21 so far this season.

The fixture is Claremont’s first home game for 2014, with the Showgrounds not available until round six.

Bounce down is at 12.30pm.

by Dan Scamozzi

Evans Sparkles

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 4:38 PM

It was the Lawrence Evans show in the first half of the match against West Perth at Joondalup on Saturday morning when the forward pocket specialist produced a delightful exhibition of his goalkicking talents to set Claremont on fire.

The effervescent 17-year-old booted five first-half majors, plus a behind from a set shot from point-blank range, to provide the impetus for Claremont’s 110-point demolition of the home side.

It was a magnificent display of co-ordinated team football, with the side boasting 12 individual goalscorers in the 22.11 to 5.3 triumph. The Tigers are on top of the premiership table with a massive percentage of 302.67.

But the side faces a far sterner test when it clashes with Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval on Saturday afternoon. The Lions, with gun forwards Rhys McAlister and Jeremey Woodley, should a far more formidable opponent than the Falcons.

Claremont will be without Sam Bevan and Ryan Lim, who will miss the next few fixtures while they travel with the AIS 18’s squad to London and Milan. And soon Claremont also will be without six other members of the WA 18’s squad --- Harry Taylor, Alec Waterman, Harrison Court, Jared Hardisty, Matt Palfrey and Francis Watson.

Isaac Baum got Claremont away to a flying start against West Perth with a goal in the opening minute before Evans got into the action five minutes later with his first goal after a cohesive passage of play involving half-back flanker Logan Stubber, winger Taylor and Baum.

Soon after that Evans was awarded a free-kick for a high tackle, but he missed a simple shot at goal. This came after a great tackle by the diminutive Scott Trickey on a West Perth opponent.

The Cardinals were finding life tough against a powerful midfield group and when they made a rare sortie into attack at the 12-minute mark they were denied by Mathew Cairns, who rose high to pull down an excellent mark.

Baum and Jack Prendiville were lively on the half-forward flanks and it was an excellent handpass from Baum in the right pocket delivered to Evans in the square that set him up for his second goal. Then in the final minute of the quarter Trickey drove the ball to the goalmouth where Prendiville soccered the first of his three goals.   

The Tigers led 4.1 to 0.1 at quarter time, but there was no real indication of the scoring spree that was to follow --- six goals in the second term, five in the third and seven in the fourth.

Again it was Claremont setting the pace, with two goals in the opening four minutes of the second term. Trickey showed great vision to steer a pass to Jake Jones, who handballed to Bailey Rogers, whose low pass was marked by the elusive Evans, resplendent in his green boots. Evans played on and booted his third goal. Then Harry Wilkinson got the ball forward to Taylor for Claremont’s sixth major. West Perth replied with their first goal, a snap from William Michell.

A tremendous smother off the boot of a West Perth player by Lim led to another goal from close range to Evans. Defender Rob Simons passed to Jones for another full-pointer and four minutes later Trickey gained a free-kick on the right wing for an out-of-bounds-on-the-full by West Perth and he started a move involving Baum and Prendiville which ended with a mark and goal from the hard-running Lim.

The Tigers scored their tenth goal late in the quarter after Sam Humphry, Taylor and Court had combined to get the ball to Evans for his fifth. Then West Perth’s Nathan Alexandre was awarded a free-kick at the top of the goalsquare. The siren sounded and Alexandre popped through a much-needed goal.

Alexandre opened the goalscoring in the third term with an accurate shot in the opening minute before the home side added another two minutes later from the boot of Zachary Saunders.

But after that it was all one-way traffic, with Claremont scoring 12 of the final 13 goals.

Evans notched his sixth major five minutes into the term after Waterman got the ball to Lim, whose pass saw Evans outmark Jordan Gray and then play on to score. A great tackle by Baum in defence resulted in him booting the ball to full-forward Palfrey, who unselfishly fired a long handpass to Prendiville for his second major.

Prendiville got his next after receiving a Trickey handpass, which followed some good work from Baum, Harry McCracken and ruckman Will McSweeney. Soon afterwards Evans drove the ball forward for a goal to Jones, and the final goal for the quarter went to Court after he had accepted a pass from Prendiville.

Coach Ross McQueen switched Bevan from centre-half-back to centre-half-forward for the final term and Bevan appreciated the move by scoring three last-quarter goals, the first coming after two minutes when he received a free-kick after the busy Waterman had driven the ball forward.

Palfrey chipped in cleverly to mark a West Perth backwards defensive switch kick to score a goal from close range. McCracken and Trickey combined to work the ball forward to Baum, whose shot fell short, but was marked by Bevan for his second. Humphry gained the clearance at the centre bounce, handpassing to Hardisty, who handballed on to Taylor, who passed to the lanky Bevan for his third goal in the space of six minutes.

Though Evans was not amongst the goals he was still making his presence felt and he earned the plaudits of the Tigers fans with his great tackle on West Perth’s Mitchell Peirce. A minute later Waterman and Cairns got the ball forward for a goal to Wilkinson.

Claremont’s final two goals came from a Waterman pass to Humphry and then from Waterman after Humphry had got the ball on to Baum. This stretched Claremont’s lead to 116 points. However, a goal to Liam Pardini as the final siren sounded reduced the margin to 110 points.

While much of the credit for Claremont’s runaway success can be attributed to the marvellous form of the midfielders and forwards, the defenders deserve praise for their stout-hearted work. Cairns was strong at full-back and Watson delighted the fans with his great poise and his wonderful marking ability.

It was a lop-sided contest, with Claremont taking 73 marks to West Perth’s 39, having 218 kicks to 147 and making 150 handpasses to 82. The Tigers also took the ball inside their 50m attacking zone 54 times to 21 by West Perth. Things will get tougher and many important challenges lie ahead.

by Ken Casellas


Claremont 22.11 (143) beat West Perth 5.3 (33).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: L. Evans 6.1; S. Bevan, J. Prendiville 3.1; J. Jones 2.2; H. Court, R. Lim, A. Waterman 1.1; I. Baum, S. Humphrey, M. Palfrey, H. Taylor, H. Wilkinson 1.0; J. Barty, B. Rogers, S. Trickey 0.1. WEST PERTH: N. Alexandre 2.0; L. Pardini 1.1; W. Michell, Z. Saunders 1.0; M. Peirce 0.1; 1pt forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: J. Hardisty, R. Lim, L. Evans, F. Watson, A. Waterman, J. Prendiville, H. Taylor, B. Rogers, S. Humphry, S. Bevan, M. Cairns. WEST PERTH: W. Michell, M. Peirce, M. Douglas, J. Sheehan-Nel, T. Manners.

Ledger Shines In New Role

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:39 PM

Tom Ledger, cast in the unfamiliar role of a defender, accepted the challenge with considerable relish and emerged as a principal architect in Claremont’s wonderful victory over the highly-fancied West Perth at Joondalup on Saturday.

The two-goal triumph over the reigning premiers provided a tremendous stimulus for the Tigers who had underperformed and underachieved in their first-round 65-point loss to Perth the previous weekend.

This was a turnabout of immense proportions and the performance reflects great credit on coach Michael Broadbridge, who did not mince his words when he declared that the side’s feeble effort against Perth was totally unacceptable.

He demanded a far greater commitment --- and he got that from a group hellbent on atonement after such a lack-lustre first-up display. The players responded to the challenge magnificently and the Tigers were stronger, fitter, more purposeful, disciplined and desperate than the home side.

Every one of the 22 men who wore the Claremont jumper stepped up to the mark and showed that the rewards are great when they follow instructions dutifully, are prepared to help each other and have confidence in their own ability. Many players had specific roles against West Perth and these men were fully prepared to sacrifice personal glory and to accept the challenge of performing unglamorous tasks.

Celebrations were kept well in check. It was a memorable victory to savour. But no one is getting carried away or getting ahead of himself. Not one player is preparing to rest on his laurels. From the start of the new week the focus is firmly on the challenge of doing battle with the unbeaten Subiaco side at East Fremantle Oval next Saturday.

In a nutshell, Claremont suffocated the Falcons and deprived them of the freedom they sought. This was achieved by constant pressure applied by all Claremont players, and West Perth simply were denied space and given little time in which to develop a cohesive brand of football. This was in stark contrast to the insipid effort against Perth.

The Ledger move was a masterstroke. A week earlier Ledger, in his league debut for the Tigers, was surprisingly ineffective on a centre wing. Against West Perth Broadbridge was extremely keen to find a player who could set up attacking moves from the half-back line, and he punted on Ledger, instructing him to line up on a half-back flank and to become a rebounding player.

Ledger, opposed mainly by James Batterham, seized the opportunity and became a major springboard of attack. His fierce attack on the ball and his creativity set up many promising forward sorties. Several times he impressed with his courage as he ran fearlessly with the flight of the ball to win possession and turn defence into attack.

In a tough, dour first half the lead changed hands seven times and the scores were level on four occasions. However, the Cardinals were in front at the three changes, leading by a goal at quarter time, two points at half time and four points at three quarter time. But one had the feeling for the greater part of the contest that the Tigers had the measure of West Perth.

This proved correct with Claremont adding 2.4 in the final term and holding the home side scoreless. Rain began to tumble down at the 25-minute mark before it developed into a deluge. These were the conditions that really suited the tigerish Matt Orzel and he and his teammates hurled themselves into the fray without hesitation as they controlled proceedings until the final siren.

Orzel was one of a band of outstanding Claremont midfielders, notably Luke Blackwell, Jake Murphy, Ryan Neates and Matt Aitchison.

Blackwell had 13 clearances from stoppages and Murphy had 12. Murphy applied seven tackles and Orzel and Aitchison each had six tackles. Neates again made full use of his sparkling speed to be a driving force, while Aitchison, in his first league appearance for the Tigers, performed grandly in his tagging role against West Perth playmaker Matt Guadagnin.

Powerful teenager Brenden Abbott, from the Royals club in Albany, made a wonderful league debut, playing fearlessly in a back pocket, while other Great Southern teenagers Steven Edwards (in defence) and Darcy Cameron (ruck) made valuable contributions.

The 18-year-old Cameron certainly came of age as ruckman of considerable promise in only his second WAFL match. He leapt high to gain 49 knocks and he was a clear winner in his duel against 30-year-old 206cm 132-game veteran Chris Keunen.

Andrew Foster again made his presence felt in attack and his three goals in a low-scoring contest were the result of his hard work and application. Keegan Knott made his WAFL debut in a forward pocket and showed that he deserves further trials in the senior side.

Tall forward Anton Hamp has not hit the scoreboard in the opening two matches, but he and John Williams help to organise the side in attack. Hamp performs many unobtrusive actions and he will soon be rewarded with a bag of goals. In a stout defence which restricted the Falcons to eight goals it was again Brandon Franz who was outstanding, keeping his opponent Marcus Adams extremely quiet.

Twenty-one-year-old Jack Richardson made an auspicious start to his league debut by booting the first goal of the match at the ten-minute mark of the opening term. He took a mark in right pocket before calmly steering the ball through the tall uprights.

West Perth replied with goals in the next five minutes to Shane Nelson and Jay van Berlo. These came after free-kick to Nelson and a free-kick and 50m penalty to van Berlo. A goal to Matthew Fowler increased West Perth’s lead to 12 points before Claremont replied six minutes later when Ledger drove the ball forward with a left-foot kick from the left wing. He copped an elbow and Hamp received a free-kick downfield where he handpassed to Max Bentley for Claremont second major.

The Cardinals went forward threateningly late in the term, but they were thwarted when Aaron Holt smothered a kicked off the boot of Aaron Black to foil his shot at goal.

Claremont started the second quarter with great endeavour and were rewarded for their efforts with an early goal to Ledger. West Perth hit back five minutes later with a mark and goal to full-forward Anthony Tsalikis. Not a goal was scored in the next 11 minutes of tough, uncompromising football until some good work from Hamp and Knott resulted in a goal to Foster.

Nine minutes passed before Neates chipped in to mark a West Perth clearing kick and he executed a smart short pass to Foster, who booted a splendid goal from 55m on the boundary line at right half-forward.

A goal to Keunen at the 30-minute mark of the second quarter was followed by two more home side goals early in the third term to give the Falcons breathing space with a 15-point advantage. Neates was at his inspirational best and he foiled West Perth with a great smother off the boot of Brayden Antonio. Soon after that Neates fearlessly hurled himself at the ball and earned himself a free-kick.

It took Claremont 21 minutes to score their first goal of the quarter. It came when Foster handpassed to Abbott, venturing downfield from the back pocket. Abbott revealed wonderful dash before slamming home his first goal in league football.

Five minutes later a move instigated in the centre of the ground by Blackwell and Aitchison ended with Foster gaining possession and getting the ball on to Williams, whose handball to Richardson in the goalsquare gave him his second goal.

Soon afterwards Cameron, revealing wonderful composure, snapped truly after some excellent work in the midfield from Murphy and Blackwell. This gave the Tigers a four-point lead before West Perth hit back with another goal to Tsalikis.         

Early in the final term Blackwell handpassed to Murphy, whose kick was marked by Mark Seaby. But only a point resulted. Shortly after that a Murphy handpass set up a Neates goal which put the Tigers back in front. This was followed by behinds from Bentley and Hamp as the Tigers were assuming control.

Cameron showed his worth at the 11-minute mark as he pulled down a great saving high mark at half-back. It was all Claremont as Foster handpassed to Aitchison for another behind. Twenty-one minutes had elapsed when Cameron received a free-kick. He booted the ball deep into attack where Foster ran on to the loose ball before notching his third major. 

Cameron was asserting a powerful influence on the game and his spirited, wholehearted chase after West Perth’s Steven Browne on the right wing enabled Edwards to pounce on the ball and drive the Tigers into attack. No score resulted and at the 25-minute mark the rain began to fall. There was no further score and Claremont emerged triumphant after a tremendous four quarters of disciplined, unselfish teamwork.

by Ken Casellas


Claremont 10.10 (70) beat West Perth 8.10 (58).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: A Foster 3.0; J. Richardson 2.1; M. Bentley, R. Neates 1.1; B. Abbott, D. Cameron, T. Ledger 1.0; M. Aitchison, A. Hamp, K. Knott, M. Orzel, H. Roberts, M. Seaby 0.1; 1pt forced. WEST PERTH: A. Tsalikis 3.0; M. Fowler, S. Nelson 1.1; C. Keunen, N. Rodda J. van Berlo 1.0; S. Potente 0.2; B. Antonio, J. Batterhamm, M. Guadagnin 0.1; 3pts forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: L. Blackwell, J. Murphy, T. Ledger, D. Cameron, R. Neates, M. Aitchison, M. Orzel, B. Franz, A. Foster. WEST PERTH: S. Nelson, A. Black, S. Browne, A. Strijk, A. Tsalikis, L. Rasmussen, L. Tedesco.

Tigers Dominate Falcons | Round 2 Reserves Match Report

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:21 PM

Claremont’s Reserves’ (Development) have made it consecutive wins to start the season, after a 45 point victory over West Perth at Arena Joondalup.

Alex Manuel kicked a game-high three goals, while Luke Cameron and Sam Lamont chipped in with two, as the Tigers prevailed 14.10 (94) to 7.7 (49).

The Tigers victory was set up by a dominant opening term, which included 19 inside 50m entries.

The Falcons got off to a dream start when Tim Sutherland kicked truly from 45 metres to give the home side an early lead.

The Tigers worked their way into the contest when Sam Lamont intercepted a Falcons kick 35 metres out from goal, only for his shot to fall short.

The Falcons failed to adhere the warning as Lamont kicked the Tigers first goal after some fantastic roving to level the scores at one goal apiece six minutes into the contest.

A behind from Kiefer Yu followed, before Lamont grabbed his second goal after some fantastic tackling pressure from the Tigers in their forward half.

A Ben Taylor goal from 40 metres out gave the Tigers their third major and suddenly the away team were out to a 13 point lead at the 18 minute mark.

Luke Cameron was then awarded a free kick at the top of the goal square as a result of a marking contest and when he kicked truly the lead was out to 19 points.

Lamont then registered a behind to give the Tigers a 20 point lead at quarter time, 4.2 (26) to 1.0 (6).

Tigers Coach Nigel Wilson was extremely happy with his sides’ pressure and intensity in the opening term, but urged his players to be more effective when going forward.

A scrappy start to the second term was to follow, before Cameron kicked his second goal to give the Tigers a 26 point lead at the 15 minute mark.

Moments later, an inspired chase and tackle saw Yu rewarded with a shot at goal from close range, and when he kicked truly the Tigers were out to a commanding 32 point lead.

Behinds from Lamont and Yu followed, before Seva Martin kicked a badly needed goal for the Falcons, which saw them trail the Tigers by 27 points at the major break.

Wilson was again happy with his sides’ pressure on the opposition, but stressed the need to improve the way they moved the ball forward, with the Falcons placing loose numbers behind the ball.

Some fantastic ball movement allowed Manuel to give the Tigers a dream start to the second half with his first goal extending the lead to 34 points.

The Falcons responded with a goal to Corey Chalmers, only for the Tigers to immediately hit back through Cameron’s second of the game.

A goal to Joseph Morrow at the 15 minute mark saw the Tigers lead trimmed to 27 points, before Luke Falconer’s first of the afternoon pushed the margin back out to 33.

When Jack McPhee kicked his first goal after winning a holding the ball free kick, the Tigers lead was out to a game-high 40 points.

Sutherland then kicked his second goal of the afternoon after winning a free kick in a ruck contest, before Shaun Marusic’s late effort saw the Falcons close to within 29 points at the last change.

After an even third term which saw both teams kick four goals, the last term got off to a scrappy start, before Manuel registered his second goal from a tight angle.

When Jayden Brooks kicked his first goal at the 18 minute mark of the last term, the Tigers were well and truly on their way to victory.

Manuel then kicked his third goal from an identical spot as moments earlier as the lead blew out to 47 points.

When Chalmers kicked his second goal, the home team trailed by 42 points, before man-of-the-match Corey Yeo capped off his outstanding afternoon with a major at the 25 minute mark, resulting in an emphatic Tigers victory.

Yeo was by far the dominant player on the ground, finishing with 39 disposals, five marks, seven clearances and one goal.

The Tigers were also well served by League regulars Yu and Sam Fong, while Ben Daniher, Matthew Goyder, and Liam Smith all won plenty of the ball.

Wilson was pleased with his sides effort in what was a scrappy game at times.

“It wasn’t pretty, but at times when the ball got set free, we were able to use it with a little bit of space, and we used it better than the opposition,” Wilson said.

“There’s a few things we need to work on going into our forward line, but full credit to the boys.

“Once again their intensity and their efforts around the football were fantastic.”

Wilson was full of praise for his teams overall defensive effort.

“For the guys down back and for the players who worked to push back, to actually keep the opposition to 7.7 was a fantastic effort,” Wilson said.

“Our forced turnovers were through the roof again for the game, which is your tackling, spoiling and smothering.

“All of those things when the opposition have the ball and we forced the ball back our way, our numbers were even better this week than last week.”

Wilson was not too concerned that the side failed to convert some early chances.

“The opportunities that we squandered in that first quarter, the boys intent was always there, it just needs a bit of polish and that will come with more games of football. We probably could’ve been ten goals up.” Wilson said.

Wilson was full of praise for Yu and Fong who were omitted from last week’s League team.

“Kiefer got a lot of the ball today.” Wilson said.

“He’s come back and really put the effort in that’s required.

“To have a guy like Sam Fong come back, he was given a little bit of a different role to that of the League side, but he acquitted himself really well.

“His attack and his ferocity at the contest, to me that was amazing.

“His kicking efficiency was fantastic, he was working at 100% with that.

“His attack at the contest, the ball and the opposition were second to none.”

Yeo also earned the praise of his coach.

“He gave himself a chance for his name to be thrown up next week for the League side.” Wilson said.

Adding to Wilson’s delight is the competition for spots.

“Shane McAdam got injured at training on Thursday. He’ll be available for next week.” Wilson said.

“Guys like Mitch Andrews, Mitch McGovern their available.

“We’re going to have fun at selection.

“It’s a good situation to be in.

“Even in the Development squad, you’ve really got to earn your spot.”

The Tigers take on Subiaco at East Fremantle Oval next Saturday.

Bounce down is at the earlier time of 10.05am.

by Dan Scamozzi

CLAREMONT 4.2 6.5 10.8 14.10 (94)

PERTH 1.0 2.2 6.4 7.7 (49)







Taylor Move A Success

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 7:07 PM

Harry Taylor, a key member of Claremont’s 2013 colts premiership side, is making a smooth transition from defence to a wing.

The 17-year-old Taylor excelled on a wing and played a major role in Claremont’s 42-point victory over Perth in a round 1 clash at Lathlain Park on Saturday where he took six marks, had 16 kicks and made eight effective handpasses. He had three clearances from stoppages and sent the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking zone four times.

Jared Hardisty was busy on the other wing and the side received great impetus from a powerful midfield, led by Alec Waterman, Sam Humphry, Ryan Lim and Bailey Rogers.

This midfield ascendancy made life comparatively easy for the Tigers defence which conceded only six goals. Noted forward Sam Bevan relished the change to centre-half-back where he overshadowed Reid Polak. The other defenders were rarely beaten and it was pleasing to watch the spirited efforts of Josh Barty, a newcomer from New South Wales.

The lead changed hands eight times in the first half of the contest. From then on, the Tigers dominated proceedings.

Half-forward flanker Isaac Baum opened Claremont’s goalscoring after ten minutes when Hardisty delivered to full-forward Matt Palfrey, whose pass was marked by Baum. Soon after that Baum was under notice for applying a strong tackle on a Perth opponent.

Centre-half-forward Nick Reid soccered Claremont’s second major after a boundary throw-in in the right pocket. The Demons drew level early in the second quarter when full-forward Lennon Marlin received a free-kick and kicked truly. Claremont hit back with an accurate snap from Lim from a scrimmage. This forward move involved big Jake Jones, Jack Prendiville and Palfrey.

Half-back flanker Harrison Court took a clever one-handed mark in the centre and booted the ball deep into attack where Reid took a tumbling mark before his shot sailed out of bounds on the full.

Claremont regained the lead just before half time when Palfrey handpassed to Harry Wilkinson, whose pass was marked by Hardisty for Claremont’s fourth goal in a low-scoring encounter in warm conditions.

Claremont added 3.4 to Perth’s 1.1 in the third term, with Lim outstanding, Waterman continuing in grand style, Will McSweeney holding sway in the ruck duels, Palfrey dominating at centre-half-forward after switching with Reid, and Baum, Wilkinson, Prendiville and Lawrence Evans also proving dangerous in attack.

Earlier in the quarter it was Court to McSweeney for another attacking sortie which saw the talented Evans soaring high and virtually floating to pull down a spectacular mark. Evans passed to Baum, but the move ended with a snapped behind to Reid.

Reid then scrambled a major from the goalsquare after a move involving Barty, Humphry, Wilkinson and Rogers. A Taylor pass to McSweeney resulted in a behind. Palfrey was roaming far and wide to put his special stamp on the contest and he finally registered his first goal after marking a pass from Barty, who had received a handpass from Waterman.  

Two minutes later and 60 seconds before the three-quarter-time siren the busy Humphry snapped truly after some strong work by Reid against Perth’s Sam McGillivray.

Palfrey was in full flight in the final quarter as he booted Claremont’s first three goals. First it was Taylor to Hardisty to Palfrey, who took a bounce before booting a goal. A Hardisty handball and a rushed kick from defender Logan Stubber enabled Palfrey to get another. And 90 seconds later the left-footed palfrey notched his fourth for the match after he capitalised on some good work from Baum and Harry McCracken.

Claremont’s final two goals came from Jones. First, it was Waterman sending the side into attack where Evans worked hard before cleverly tapping the ball on to Jones, who snapped truly with the left boot. Then a Barty handpass in the centre saw Palfrey boot the ball long into attack where Jones held the mark.

It was an encouraging all-round performance from the Tigers, who now travel to Joondalup to do battle with the Falcons this coming Saturday.

by Ken Casellas


Scorers---CLAREMONT: M. Palfrey 4.3; N. Reid 2.3; J. Jones 2.0; S. Humphry, R. Lim 1.1; I. Baum, J. Hardisty 1.0; W. McSweeney, A. Waterman 0.1; 2pts forced. PERTH: L. Marlin 3.2; R. Polak 1.1; T. Greene, C. Jones 1.0; S. Doncon, T. Phillips 0.1; 1pt forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: H. Taylor, M. Palfrey, A. Waterman, R. Lim, I. Baum, S. Humphry, L. Evans, S. Bevan, H. Court. PERTH: S. Doncon, C. Leggett, L. Marlin, M. Henderson, J. Greene, B. Manuel.

Vale Ken Caporn

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:53 PM

Ken Caporn, the greatest full-back in the history of the Claremont Football Club, died on Wednesday at the age of 86.

As a mark of respect Claremont players in all grades will wear black armbands in matches against West Perth at Joondalup on Saturday.

Caporn made his senior debut in the under-age competition in 1943 and went on to play for the Tigers for 16 seasons, amassing a club record tally of 273 league matches. When he retired in 1958 this was also a WA record. Caporn’s club record was surpassed by Darrell Panizza, who had made 274 league appearances for Claremont when he retired in 1995.

Last October Caporn was named at full-back in Claremont’s Greatest Ever Team.  He began his senior career as a ruckman before being switched to full-back in 1945. He was a member of the West Australian carnival team which played in Adelaide in 1953 when the only other Claremont player in the side was centre-half-forward John Munro, who died last year.

Caporn represented WA 12 times and he was Claremont’s fairest-and-best player in 1951 and 1954. In 1954 he was one of three West Australians named in the Sporting Life’s Australian Team of the Year.

He had the remarkable distinction of chalking up his 100th league match a couple of weeks before his 21st birthday. He was the first Claremont player to notch 200 league appearances and when he played his 256th match it broke the State record for the number of league matches.

Known as Moose because of his powerful physique, Caporn was a tower of strength at full-back and was noted for his prodigious drop-kicking. A fitness fanatic, Caporn also had a distinguished career as a surf lifesaver with the North Cottesloe Club. He was a member of the North Cottesloe team which won the Australian R and R title in 1952  Other members of the eight-man team were also Claremont footballers, the others being Ron Hinchcliffe, Graham Russell and Bill Kidner.

Caporn’s son Garry played 30 league matches for the Tigers between 1973 and 1975.

Ken Caporn will be remembered at Claremont as a champion player, a true legend and a wonderful gentleman.

by Ken Casellas

Round 2 Preview Claremont vs. West Perth

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Claremont will be looking to bounce back from their round one loss to Perth when they take on reigning premiers West Perth at Arena Joondalup this Saturday.

Like the Tigers, the Falcons had a disappointing start to their season when they lost to East Fremantle by three points.

The Tigers will be without vice-captain Trinity Handley after he suffered a hamstring injury in the loss to the Demons, while the Falcons could be without reigning club champion Andrew Strijk after he suffered a shoulder injury in the loss to the Sharks.

The midfield battle between the two teams could prove pivotal, with Luke Blackwell, Jake Murphy, Andrew Foster, Matt Orzel and Ryan Neates coming up against the likes of Aaron Black, Shane Nelson, Jay van Berlo, Matt Guadagnin and Ray Bartholomew.

The ruck battle also promises to be fascinating, with former Falcon Mark Seaby coming up against Chris Keunen.

The two teams will look to improve the quality of their ball use, after turnovers and poor skill execution were telling in round one.

With both sides managing a combined tally of 19 goals in the opening round, a fast start could be on the cards as both teams look to move the ball quickly into their forward line.

With no player from either side kicking more than two goals in round one, we may see more of the same as the talent from both midfield groups look to help out the forwards.

The Tigers emerged victorious in both encounters between the two teams last season, including a 21 point victory at Arena Joondalup in round 12, however, the Falcons recorded a four point victory in the 2nd Semi Final on their way to winning the premiership.

The Tigers will be looking to give Broadbridge his first senior win as coach, while the Falcons will have the unfurling of the premiership flag before the game.

by Dan Scamozzi

Tigers Stumble at First Hurdle - Rd1 League Match Report

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 5:44 PM

Nothing lasts for ever. Claremont’s complete dominance over Perth at Lathlain Park came to a shuddering, heart-wrenching end on Saturday afternoon when the Demons demolished an under-achieving and extremely disappointing Tigers combination.

A slick-moving and relentless Perth simply destroyed a feeble rival and romped to a highly-impressive 65-point victory, leaving the Tigers to lick their wounds and to regroup for the round 2 clash against reigning premiers West Perth at Joondalup next Saturday afternoon.

This ended a 12-year drought for Perth against Claremont at their home ground. The Tigers had won the previous 12 matches against Perth at Lathlain Park. Perth’s previous home win against Claremont was when they triumphed by 34 points, 12.13 to 7.9, in round nine 2002. Since then Claremont have enjoyed a remarkable superiority over the Demons at Lathlain Park.

Saturday’s result was in stark contrast to many of the previous 12 games between the clubs at Lathlain Park, with the Tigers winning some of those contests by huge margins, including the 158-point rout in round 16, 2004, with a scoreline of 28.18 to 4.4. Other commanding victories included a 22.9 to 12.10 result in 2010 and a 149-point victory in round 22, 2012 (29.13 to 5.8).

It all goes to show that nothing in sport, or in life, can be taken for granted. History is important. But it certainly has little or no influence on determining the outcome of future contests.

Claremont went into Saturday’s match with plenty of confidence after a strong performance and easy win in a scratch match against Swan Districts the previous weekend. However, Perth ambushed the Tigers with their greater resolve, a more ferocious commitment and a superior and more skilful brand of football.

Now, after a couple of days of soul-searching, it is time to consign that match to history and to plan for the future.

It was an extremely hot, muggy day and a scorching, energy-sapping wind from the east was far from ideal. But this cannot be presented as any sort of excuse. Players from both sides had to contend with the same conditions.

There was nothing early to suggest that the Tigers were going to be steamrolled. Ruckman Mark Seaby met with interference at the opening bounce and his free-kick was marked at centre-half-forward by Anton Hamp, who notched a goal with just 39 seconds on the digital clock.

For the next 15 minutes Perth attacked relentlessly, but managed only two behinds. The Tigers were showing tremendous spirit and the defence stood up in grand style, with many attacking moves foundering.

Matthew Moody looked set to score Perth’s opening goal as he was running forward at centre-half-forward into open space with not a single player ahead of him. Keifer Yu chased hard, caught up with Moody and applied a powerful tackle to earn a well-merited free-kick.

Soon after that the Demons were thwarted again when full-back Brandon Franz was awarded a free-kick for his tackle on Moody in the goalsquare.  Then, at the 12-minute mark the dangerous Brennan Stack was lining up for a shot from 15m out, only to be halted by a grand Aaron Holt tackle. And another Perth attack was nipped in the bud when Seaby pulled down a strong mark deep in defence.

Claremont captain Jake Murphy got into the act with a strong tackle on Matthew Boyle to earn a free-kick before, finally, Moody snapped Perth’s first major at the 20-minute mark. Ninety seconds later Moody repeated the dose after receiving a free-kick to give the home side a nine-point advantage.

But Claremont’s Matt Davies replied within a minute with a goal on the run and four minutes later full-forward John Williams booted an inspirational goal after outpacing Matthew Welburn and shrugging off a tackle, bursting forward and taking two bounces before bring up full points.

Claremont led by two points at quarter time and few Tigers supporters were prepared for the rout that was to follow. Perth assumed total control and ran the opposition ragged as they spread astutely and carried the ball downfield in waves. The Perth midfield was in command, with nifty wingers Cameron Manuel and Michael Florio continuing to run riot.

Perth added 4.2 in the second quarter during which Claremont’s only score was a forced behind. Rare highlights for Claremont in this term were two excellent smothers off the boot of an opponent by Sam Fong (against Joel Leeson) and Ryan Neates (against Brent Edmonds).      

Amazingly, that forced behind was Claremont’s only score in 55 minutes, during which time Perth piled on ten goals and four behinds.   

The Demons simply dominated the midfield battles and they nonplussed the Tigers with their swift ball movement, superb handpassing and precise kicking to leading forwards. Claremont’s solitary goal in the second and third terms came at the 21-minute mark of the third quarter when debutant Max Bentley gained the clearance at a centre bounce and passed accurately to Davies, whose kick was marked by a leading Williams for his second major.

Perth led 13.8 to 4.3 at three-quarter time before goals flowed in the final quarter, with Perth adding six and Claremont five. Luke Blackwell gained the clearance at the opening bounce and he passed to  Neates, who found Matt Orzel 55m out for a goal with only 50 seconds on the clock.

Claremont’s other final-term goals came from the hard-working Andrew Foster, Hamp, Davies and Seaby.

Foster’s goal came after receiving a free-kick in the right pocket; Hamp took a mark in the right pocket for his second goal; Davies got his second with a clever snap and it was Edwards (switched from defence to attack) who got the ball on to Seaby for Claremont’s ninth and final goal on a miserable afternoon at Lathlain Park.

The Tigers had few winners. The 18-year-old Bentley made a sound debut and showed flashes of class in his 11-kick, two effective-handpass performance on a wing, which h included three clearances and three inside 50s. Fellow-18-year-olds Edwards and ruckman Darcy Cameron had their moments and will develop into good league footballers. Recruit Bernard Sneeuwjagt played on the ball and in defence and weighed in with seven kicks and eight effective handpasses.

Winger Tom Ledger, a star for the Claremont colts in 2010, made his league debut for the Tigers after three seasons with St Kilda. He was suffering from a viral complaint and was relatively quiet.

Without offering any excuses for the drubbing, it must be pointed out that the Tigers felt the loss of centre-half-back Trinity Handley, who was forced out of action in the second half, suffering from, a hamstring strain. And  Yu was playing in pain after receiving a nasty blow high in his spine.

Handley had been outstanding before he hurt his leg, keeping a tight rein on Perth star Paul Bevan and restricting him to just three first-half kicks. Holt and Franz had turns in guarding Bevan in the second half and performed the task in splendid style.

The pacy Neates was Claremont’s best performer, playing on a wing, on the ball and on a half-forward flank. He finished a good day with five marks, 19 kicks and five effective handpasses. Foster also made a strong contribution with 15 kicks, seven effective handpasses and six inside 50s.

by Ken Casellas


Perth 19.10 (124) beat Claremont 9.5 (59).

Scorers---PERTH: M. Moody 4.0; B. Stack 2.2; J. Leeson, M. Leyendekkers 2.1; C. Collard 2.0; M. Boyle 1.1; J. Houghton, J. Irons, C. Manuel, D. O’Sullivan,  R. Richardson; G. Ugle 1.0; P. Bevan 0.2; 3pts forced. CLAREMONT: M. Davies, A. Hamp, J. Williams 2.0; A. Foster 1.2; M. Orzel, M. Seaby 1.0; D. Cameron 0.1; 2pts forced.

Best---PERTH: C. Manuel, M. Florio, B. Keast, D. White, G. Ugle, C. Collard, J. Morton, D. O’Sullivan, M. Moody. CLAREMONT: R. Neates, B. Franz, A. Foster, A. Holt, M. Davies.