WAFL Round 20 Results

Monday, August 5, 2013 - 11:50 AM

EAST Fremantle scored a crucial Round 20 WAFL victory on Saturday to shoot up to third position on the ladder at the expense of Perth and East Perth who both suffered defeats to help the Sharks make their move.

East Fremantle needed to beat Perth to remain a chance to play finals in 2013 after last year's grand final appearance and the Sharks came from behind to get the job done 16.12 (108) to 12.8 (80) at East Fremantle Oval.

East Perth missed a chance to move into the top-four at the same time with the top-of-the-table Claremont recording a hard fought 19.13 (127) to 14.15 (99) at Claremont Oval.

South Fremantle recorded its fourth win of the season downing Subiaco 16.10 (106) to 14.14 (98) at Leederville's Medibank Stadium and West Perth beat Peel Thunder 17.12 (114) to 9.11 (65) at Arena Joondalup.

Claremont started well against East Perth with five goals to one in the first quarter but the Tigers were unable to shake a Royals team desperate to win and return to the top-four.

East Perth was back within two goals by half-time and then hit the front during the second half, but the Tigers finished strongly to run out 28-point winners in the end.

West Coast's Patrick McGinnity returned for Claremont and finished with 26 possessions and three goals with Nick Winmar and Richardson booting three goals apiece, and Paul Medhurst, Andrew Foster and Chad Jones all two.

Luke Blackwell was outstanding for Claremont with 36 possessions with Jake Murphy racking up 34 disposals, Foster 22, Richardson 21 and returning captain Andrew Browne 21.

Josh Smith booted four goals for East Perth to maintain his lead atop the Bernie Naylor Medal race with West Coast's Cale Morton booting three majors, Craig Wulff two and Dean Cadwallader two.

Brendan Lee racked up 27 possessions for the Royals, Adam Selwood 26, Matt Rosa 22 and Steven Payne 21.

The ruck battle was a fascinating, and in the end even one, with East Perth's Paul Johnson having 13 possessions and 20 hit outs and Claremont's Mark Seaby 15 and 28.

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Claremont 19.13.127 def East Perth 14.15.99

Claremont 15.16.106 def East Perth 6.8.44

Claremont 16.7.103 def East Perth 8.7.55

WAFL Round 20 Preview

Friday, August 2, 2013 - 9:29 PM

ALL four matches of Round 20 of the 2013 WAFL season are on Saturday afternoon highlighted by two massive clashes featuring teams in the top-four or trying to get back in there.

Top-of-the-table Claremont hosts an East Perth team at Claremont Oval looking to break back into the top-four while East Fremantle must beat Perth at East Fremantle Oval to keep its season alive as well.

The other two matches sees Subiaco take on South Fremantle at Leederville's Medibank Stadium and West Perth hosting Peel Thunder at Arena Joondalup. The third-placed Swan Districts has the bye but could finish the weekend out of the four.


Selected teams

Claremont might be well and truly safe atop the WAFL ladder but the Tigers do want to reach their best form ahead of the finals but for East Perth the Royals simply need to win in order to return to the top-four.

Claremont sits on a 14-2 record to be three games on top of the ladder, but it has been some time since the Tigers have been able to field what they would consider anything near their best 22 or play at their best.

The minor premiership is still theirs for the fourth straight season as they hunt out a third successive premiership, but best form heading into the finals is now coach Marc Webb's focus and he will want to see a strong performance against East Perth on Saturday.

East Perth, though, simply just needs to win.

The Royals had won five straight matches heading into last Saturday's derby with West Perth which they went on to lose by 30 points having not scored a goal in the second half.

That saw East Perth slip outside of the top-four behind Swan Districts and Perth so the Royals must win this Saturday to return to the four and avoid potentially slipping a game and percentage behind Perth.

Claremont and East Perth have met just the once this season back in Round 4 at Medibank Stadium in Leederville with the Tigers prevailing that day by 54 points, but the Royals have been a vastly improved side since then.

Claremont might lose key forward Anton Hamp to an ankle injury from last week's win in the mud over Subiaco, but four star players are set to return for the Tigers as they look to gear up for their assault on a third straight WAFL premiership.

Fremantle's Alex Silvagni is set to return after being overlooked by the Dockers and he will likely play down back and will be especially welcome with veteran David Crawford to miss another game.

Captain Andrew Browne has likely been in career-best form this season averaging 23 possessions a game and after missing just the one game with a quad injury suffered in the Round 17 loss to Swan Districts, the skipper is set to return to take on the Royals on Saturday.

Premiership half-back Aaron Holt is also due to return to the side after one game in the reserves last week after missing a month with injury while West Coast midfielder Patrick McGinnity is also to return so that is four pretty handy inclusions for the Tigers.

East Perth lost its first match since Round 10 last week against West Perth at Arena Joondalup, but came through the derby with a clean bill of health.

This week to take on the Tigers, only Rowan Brookes is out of the Royals line-up at this stage with West Coast's Matt Rosa set to return with Callum Hart, Julian Locantro and Steven Wityk all pressing a case for selection as well.

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Reserves: Yu Lights The Flame

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 12:01 PM

HEAVY rain was sheeting across Leederville Oval and the surface was a quagmire when Claremont midfielder Keifer Yu won the clearance at the opening bounce of the match against Subiaco on Saturday.

Six minutes later Keegan Knott fired off a short pass to Yu, who took the mark and booted a point, the opening score of the match.

Yu, tough, determined and relishing the challenge of making a mark on the contest in abominable conditions, was the spark that fired the Tigers who bounced back to winning form with a solid 15-point victory in a low-scoring slog.

Yu led from the front throughout and finished with 16 kicks, four effective handpasses and team-high statistics of five tackles, nine clearances from stoppages and six inside 50s. Co-midfielder Tom Curtin returned to his best with a typical tigerish display and his strong work at the stoppages in the first quarter helped to galvanise the Tigers.

Other driving forces in the opening term were Ben Daniher, Jack Richardson and defender Luke Salomone when the Tigers reached quarter time with 2.4 on the board to Subiaco’s solitary behind.

Curtin finished with 15 kicks, four effective handpasses, four clearances and five inside 50s. Other strong contributors at the stoppages were Coleman Cristinelli, Brendan Lim, Richardson and Daniher (who was unable to take the field in the final quarter after receiving a knee injury which will keep him on the sidelines for a few weeks).

The match saw the return to action of quality players Trinity Handley and Aaron Holt, each of whom had missed several matches while recovering from leg injuries. They played in defence, performed serviceably and are sure to derive great benefit from the outing.

It took Claremont eight minutes to score their opening goal, an excellent long shot from Salomone after he had marked an errant Subiaco clearing kick. The next goal was on the just under four minutes later after a couple of strong efforts from Curtin which led to Knott gaining possession at left half-forward and kicking the ball forward where Nick Gajewski snapped truly.

Early in the second term big ruckman Josh Tilley took a mark and handpassed to Yu. The ball finished out of bounds in the left pocket and soon afterwards there was a stoppage at half-forward where Yu, using his body to good effect, gained possession and snapped Claremont’s third major.

It took the Lions until the 19-minute mark of the quarter to notch their first goal. It came after Joe Daye received a free-kick and then was awarded a 50m penalty. The Tigers replied two minutes later after Sam Lamont, Gajewski and Richardson combined to get the ball to Hayden Yarran, who booted the ball to the goalsquare where centre-half-forward Ben Higgs (promoted from the colts) met with interference and was awarded a free-kick which he converted into a goal.

Richardson snapped a goal two minutes after half-time and former Claremont colts player Chris Pocklington replied with a goal to the Maroons. Then it was Claremont’s turn again. A long clearing kick from Tom Bowering sent the Tigers forward where Knott fought hard and helped Higgs to gain possession and kick his second major.

Then a long shot from Christian Bottechia went through for Subiaco’s third goal. There were no further goals in the final 12 minutes of the quarter, during which time Claremont added five behinds, including a shot from Knott which grazed a goalpost and a miss from close range by Higgs.

The final quarter was only 57 seconds old when Richardson sent the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking zone and a kick from Yarran rolled through for full points to stretch Claremont’s lead to 25 points. That was the final goal from the Tigers who went on to record a solid 15-point win.

By Ken Casellas



Claremont 7.13 (55) beat Subiaco 5.10 (40).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: B. Higgs 2.2; N. Gajewski, L. Salomone, K. Yu 1.1; J. Richardson, H. Yarran 1.0; T. Bowering, L. Davey, K. Knott, S. Lamont, J. Tilley 0.1; 3pts forced. SUBIACO: C. Bottechia 2.0; C. Pocklington 1.2; J. Daye, R. Herring 1.0; A. Pickett 0.2; J. Sells, N. Stewart, A. Vawser, C. Wohling 0.1; 2pts forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: K. Yu, T. Curtin, C. Christinelli, B. Higgs, L. Salomone, E. Panizza, J. Richardson, B. Taylor. SUBIACO: L. Symonds, N. Hay, N. Stewart, K. Somers, C. Fabian, R. Herring.

Colts: Whitehead Excels In New Role

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 6:33 PM

LAST season and this year after resuming following an injury-enforced absence, Mason Whitehead showed excellent promise as a wingman for Claremont. But in the past couple of matches he has shone in his new role as a back-pocket specialist.

Whitehead was assigned the task of guarding Subiaco’s dangerous Rhys McAlister in the match at Leederville Oval on Saturday morning and his spirited effort in keeping the accomplished small forward under wraps played a significant part in Claremont’s 28-point victory.

Whitehead restricted McAlister to just two ineffective kicks in the first three quarters and he was on the bench for a short while early in the final term when McAlister had another kick and made a handpass. McAlister finished the contest with five kicks, due mainly to Whitehead’s close attention. Whitehead also played with a good deal of flair and many of his 13 kicks set up promising attacking moves from deep in defence.

Whitehead was a member of a wonderful defensive unit, with Jared Hardisty outstanding on a half-back flank until he was moved on to the ball in the final quarter. Rowen Powell was a tower of strength at centre-half-back, Harry Taylor was cool and calculating in a pocket alongside dependable full-back Luke Rosher and 16-year-old Bailey Rogers performed strongly on a flank, particularly in the third quarter.   

And the good news is that the side’s defence will be strengthened when Tom Barrass recovers from a damaged finger.

The ground was waterlogged and extremely muddy and each side managed just one goal in the first quarter, with Claremont’s coming after 20 minutes when Sam Humphry passed to Patrick Wilson, whose kick was marked by Jyrin Woods for the first major.

Hardisty relished the heavy conditions and he set a splendid example right from the outset with his fierce tackling and his uncompromising attack on the ball. Darcy Cameron was dominating the ruck duels and lively forward Francis Watson delighted the small band of spectators with the assurance with which he handled the wet ball.

After a quiet first quarter, wingman Ryan Lim exploded into action and it was a deft Lim handpass which enabled Harry McCracken to kick the only goal posted in the second term, which ended with the Tigers leading, 2.3 to 1.6.

Powell was a dominant force in the second quarter and he revealed great discipline with a couple of perfectly-executed spoils against his opponent, Jordan Bestry.

The Tigers missed a valuable opportunity to increase their lead late in the quarter when Alec Waterman earned a free-kick dead in front and about 15m out from goal. But his deliberate shot slewed to the right to register a behind. This simply illustrated the treacherous conditions.

Scoring continued to be very difficult in the third quarter, during which Claremont small forward Jordan Law stood out with four strong tackles and Rogers shone on a half-back flank where he restricted Chris Wrigley to one kick.

Twelve minutes into the quarter Powell sent an accurate pass to McCracken, who got the ball on to the busy Joel Fiegert. But Fiegert’s shot was touched on the line. Approaching the 15-minute mark Harrison Court, working strongly on the ball, Passed to Max Bentley, who booted the ball into the goalsquare where Watson was one of several in a milling pack who attempted to take the mark. Watson then cleverly grabbed the spilt ball and snapped a goal.

Subiaco replied within 90 seconds with a goal to Connor Wilkinson. Six minutes later Humphry gained possession at a boundary throw-in in the right pocket and his snapped goal extended Claremont’s lead to 12 points. But this was reduced to six points moments later after the Maroons were awarded a free-kick at the centre bounce down. Joseph Scafidi took the advantage free-kick and booted a goal from long range.     

The Tigers asserted their authority in the final quarter in which they added 3.6 and held Subiaco to two behinds.

Early in the quarter ruckman Eddie Simpson took a shot from the left pocket. The ball slewed across to the right pocket where Lim took the mark and promptly booted a point. McCracken, maintaining his excellent form, took a mark at left half-forward and his kick was marked in the right pocket by Sam Bevan, whose screw kick registered another behind.

Six minutes later Woods chased hard and tackled Subiaco’s Adam Swain to earn a free-kick. The Woods shot on goal was marked in the left pocket by Bevan, who slotted home a low shot for the side’s fifth major.

Then a low pass from Hardisty to Waterman resulted in yet another behind. Court was rewarded for a strong tackle on the right wing with a free-kick, but the attacking move fell down. Jack Carruthers finished the match full of running and at the 19-minute mark he handpassed to waterman for a goal from long range. This attacking sortie involved a cohesive movement involving Taylor, Whitehead, Carruthers, Watson, Hardisty and Carruthers (again).

Two minutes later Carruthers snapped a point and in the final moments Carruthers drove the ball forward where Watson took the mark and kicked truly.

Claremont have won 14 of their 16 matches and head the premiership table with 56 points. They are followed by South Fremantle (44), Perth (40) and Subiaco and East Fremantle (each on 36 points).

By Ken Casellas



Claremont 7.13 (55) beat Subiaco 3.9 (27).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: F. Watson 2.0; A. Waterman 1.3; S. Bevan 1.2; S. Humphry, H. McCracken 1.1; J. Woods 1.0; R. Lim 0.2; J. Carruthers, J. Fiegert 0.1; 2pts forced. SUBIACO: T. Hooper, J. Scafidi, C. Wilkinson 1.0; R. McAlister, C. Wrigley 0.2; J. Bestry, J. Deluca, L. Ellis, J. Webster 0.1; 1pt forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: J. Hardisty, R. Lim, H. McCracken, M. Whitehead, A. Waterman, H. Court, D. Cameron, R. Powell, H. Taylor, F. Watson, J. Carruthers. SUBIACO:  A. Summers, D. Jackson, A. Swain, L. Ellis, C. Wilkinson, J. Bestry, R. Vermeersch.

Tigers Triumph In Mudbath

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 5:36 PM

It was tough, hard slog at Leederville Oval on Saturday in the mud and slush and deep puddles of water when robust half-forward flanker Matt Davies set the standard for Claremont by applying a fierce tackle on Subiaco’s Tristan Gum just past the five-minute mark of the opening quarter.

Davies was rewarded with a free-kick which he converted into a goal. Claremont led for the rest of the contest, apart from 90 seconds in the second term, and the side’s great endeavour and a willingness to tackle and consistently place the opposition under pressure was a heartening feature of the side’s hard-fought 19-point victory.

All the Claremont players followed the lead of Davies, with midfielder Andrew Foster outstanding in his determination and his tackling.

Subiaco employed Gum to tag Claremont star Luke Blackwell, with Joel Ashman being used in a bid to negate the efficiency of Blackwell at the stoppages. But Blackwell showed his class by producing a superb four-quarter effort of polished, constructive football in the quagmire.

Blackwell finished with team-high tallies of 22 kicks, eight effective handpasses, 12 clearances at stoppages and six inside 50s. His was a tremendous performance at his second league appearance following an 11-week absence as he recovered from a serious ankle injury.

Saturday’s win enabled the Tigers to retain three-game lead over West Perth at the head of the premiership table and the club now has high hopes of appearing in the second semi-final at home, at Claremont Oval, early in September.  But there is still a lot of hard work ahead, starting with what should be a stern test against East Perth at Claremont Oval next Saturday.

The Tigers will then have a bye, followed by matches against Swan Districts (at Claremont Oval), Perth (at Lathlain Park) and East Fremantle (at East Fremantle Oval).

Once again, Claremont came out of a match with injury concerns. Key forward Anton Hamp damaged an ankle in the first quarter and was unable to continue. And hard-working midfielder Ben Daniher hurt a knee in the reserves match and is likely to be out of action for a month.

Congratulations go to Richard Cronin and Steven Edwards on making their debut in league football. Both are from the Royals Club in Albany, in the heart of Claremont’s Great Southern zone. Cronin worked strongly at centre-half-back and did well to keep Brad Stevenson under control, while the skilful 18-year-old Edwards, playing in a back pocket, improved as the game went on and should develop into a fine player.

Ian Richardson and Chad Jones stood out in attack, with both players frequently venturing downfield to lend a hand. Their forward pressure was excellent and each kicked two goals on an afternoon when scoring was extremely difficult.

Claremont had the first use of the breeze and less than two minutes after the opening goal from Davies, winger Nick Winmar drove the ball forward and defender John Williams assisted Jones to gain possession and  boot the side’s second major. The defence was holding up well and Blackwell, Foster and Ryan Neates were driving forces in the midfield. However, a couple of comparatively easy shots at goal went astray and the Tigers led by only 13 points at quarter time after each side had gone inside their attacking 50m zone 13 times. 

Ruckman Mitch Andrews earned a free-kick two minutes into the second term and his goal stretched the Claremont advantage to 19 points. However, Subiaco fought back with goals to Rhys Waters and Rhett Kerr. Neates was working hard and applying plenty of forward pressure and then he bobbed up with a strong mark deep in defence.

A free-kick to Charles Le Fanu enabled him to kick a goal which gave the Lions a one-point lead 19 minutes into the quarter. It took the Tigers 90 seconds to regain the lead with Winmar driving his side into attack and Richardson snapping truly around his body.

Points to Richardson and Jess Laurie gave Claremont a slender one-goal half-time advantage. Great persistence by several Claremont players locked the ball in deep in the forward line until, finally, Jones grabbed the ball in heavy congestion to snap a fine goal.

Subiaco replied with a goal to Brad Stevenson. Andrews gained the clearance at the resultant centre bounce and Jack Bradshaw took the mark before receiving a 50m penalty. His goal stretched the lead to 13 points.

Richardson was continuing to shine and he deserved the plaudits for his spirited chase and strong tackle on Brett Mahoney late in the quarter. 

Almost 16 minutes passed before the first goal in the final quarter. It was scored by Raymond Daniels and gave the Maroons some hope. Three minutes later Jones sent the ball forward and Bradshaw held a diving mark in the mud. But only a point resulted.

At the 27-minute mark Williams produced a great effort to spoil an attempted mark by Mahoney after the Subiaco player had appeared set to take a mark. Moments later Davies gained possession and surged forward, taking three bounces before shooting at goal. But the ball veered to the right to register his side’s 16th behind.

With 30 minutes on the clock the indefatigable Blackwell sent a short pass to Richardson, who took the mark and shot truly to bring to an end a solid, but unspectacular victory in the miserable wintry conditions.

By Ken Casellas


Claremont 7.16 (58) beat Subiaco 5.9 (39).

Scorers---CLAREMONT: I. Richardson 2.4; C. Jones 2.0; J. Bradshaw, M. Davies 1.2; M. Andrews 1.0; A. Foster 0.2; J. Laurie, P. Medhurst, N. Winmar 0.1; 3pts forced. SUBIACO: B. Stevenson, R. Waters 1.1; R. Daniels, R. Kerr, C. Le Fanu 1.0; G. Hampson 0.3; J. Ashman 0.1; 3pts forced.

Best---CLAREMONT: L. Blackwell, A. Foster, I. Richardson, M. Seaby, J. Williams, C. Jones, T. Taylor. SUBIACO: G. Hampson, R. Waters, A. McDougall, J. Kayler-Thomson, J. Ashman, A. Parker.

WAFL Round 19 Results

Monday, July 29, 2013 - 12:56 PM

ROUND 19 of the WAFL season was played in some terrible conditions across Perth but the results saw West Perth and East Fremantle score big derby wins, Swan Districts move back up to third position and Claremont return to the winner's list.

West Perth further consolidated second place with a 10.14 (74) to 6.8 (44) win over East Perth at Arena Joondalup while East Fremantle thumped South Fremantle 20.18 (138) to 8.7 (55) at Fremantle Oval.

Claremont then won over Subiaco 7.16 (58) to 5.9 (39) at a mud-covered Medibank Stadium in Leederville while Swan Districts shook off Peel Thunder to win 12.9 (81) to 10.10 (70) at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval.

The results mean that Claremont (14-2) remains clear on top of the ladder and West Perth (11-5) is secure in second. Swan Districts (9-7) is third and Perth (9-6) fourth followed by East Perth (9-6) and East Fremantle (8-8).

Subiaco (5-11), South Fremantle (3-13) and Peel Thunder (3-13) are making up the numbers in 2013.

Claremont kicked the only two goals of the first quarter against Subiaco against a Medibank Stadium filled with mud, and the Tigers maintained that two-goal advantage virtually all afternoon before winning by 19 points.

Chad Jones and Ian Richardson both worked hard up forward for the Tigers and kicked two goals apiece while in the middle Luke Blackwell was outstanding with 31 possessions.

Ruckman Mark Seaby defied the conditions to finish with 19 touches, nine marks and 33 hit outs while Andrew Foster racked up 21 possessions, Hugo Breakey 17 and Ryan Neates 17.

Jarrod Kayler-Thomson racked up 34 possessions for Subiaco with George Hampson finishing with 26 and Andrew McDougall 18 to go with 17 hit outs. Aidan Parker also finished with 14 touches and 26 hit outs while Daniel Leishman did well in defence holding Paul Medhurst goalless.

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WAFL Round 19 Preview

Friday, July 26, 2013 - 7:49 PM

WAFL Round 19 consists of the final two derbies of 2013 with plenty riding on the results while in the other two games Swan Districts and Claremont are looking to return to the winner's list against out of contention sides.

West Perth takes on East Perth at Arena Joondalup, South Fremantle hosts East Fremantle at Fremantle Oval, Swan Districts battles Peel Thunder at Bassendean's Steel Blue Oval and Subiaco faces Claremont at Leederville's Medibank Stadium.

All four matches are on Saturday afternoon with a bounce down time of 2.05pm.


Selected teams

Subiaco might have upset Claremont earlier in the season to hand the Tigers their first loss of 2013 but it would be a brave human to suggest that the now struggling Lions can repeat that against a Claremont outfit looking to return to the winner's list.

Subiaco was impressive back in Round 11 beating Claremont by 10 points at Claremont Oval and that was in the middle of a three-game winning run for the Lions.

Things were looking good for Jarrod Schofield's team at that point, but Subiaco has failed to win a game since then with losses to Swan Districts, West Perth, East Fremantle, Perth and the Sharks again to now slip to a 5-10 record on the season to be in seventh position and out of the finals mix.

Claremont remains clear on top of the WAFL ladder and set to claim its fourth straight minor premiership on the hunt for a third consecutive premiership, but the Tigers do have to return to the winner's list first.

The Tigers had just scraped over the line in a three-point win over East Fremantle and then four-point victory against South Fremantle before the Round 17 clash with Swan Districts they lost by 39 points at Claremont Oval.

Claremont then went on to lose its Foxtel Cup semi-final against West Adelaide so it is coming off two straight losses heading into this week's clash with Subiaco.

Three key players go out injured making Subiaco's job of upsetting Claremont for the second time this season all the harder.

Former Fremantle veteran defender Antoni Grover has gone forward in the games he's played this season with Subiaco and kicked four majors last week against East Fremantle, but again has not been able to back up and play this week against the Tigers.

Experienced premiership midfielder Rob Forrest also goes out after suffering another knee injury during last Saturday's loss to East Fremantle while young small forward Michael Wood is also out so the Lions are going to be hard pressed to find some avenues to goal against Claremont.

Ryan Herring and Brad Stevenson are the most likely inclusions to offer Subiaco some targets in attack while Michael Genovese, Kyle Halligan, Daniel Leishman and Ryan Wade are all pressing for inclusion as well for the Lions.

Claremont had the bye last weekend after losing to Swan Districts and also going down in a Foxtel Cup clash just four days later against West Adelaide, and has some key players out of their side to face Subiaco.

Captain Andrew Browne injured a quad muscle in the loss to Swan Districts a fortnight ago and goes out of team as does experienced dual premiership key position player David Crawford. Small forward Liam Smith is also out of the side.

Midfielder Ryan Neates returned in the Foxtel Cup game in Adelaide and now returns to Claremont's league line-up with Fremantle's Alex Silvagni also likely to return.

Hugo Breakey, Richard Cronin, Steven Edwards, Matthew Goyder and Jack Richardson are also pressing to come into the Tigers' league side.

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Round 17 "TIGER TALK" - with Tom Taylor

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 6:29 PM
Round 17 vs. Swan Districts / Foxtel Cup Semi Final vs. West Adelaide

After a nail-biting win over South Fremantle in Round 16 the boys were keen to improve and get a big win over one of the form sides in the comp, being Swan Districts. Both sides went in boasting near full strength sides with the inclusions of Sandover medallist Luke Blackwell and gun midfielder Andrew Foster sure to boost the tigers on-ball brigade.

Unfortunately we could not hold off a rampaging Swans outfit in the first half, giving away cheap goals and too many 50m penalties. This all changed in the 3rd quarter however, with the midfielders making the most of Mark Seaby’s dominance in the ruck. We fought back to get within a goal at the last change with some grand ball movement and hard attack on the ball.

But once again we found a way to drop off in the last and let the Swans run all over us to lose by 40 points. A very disappointing result and one which will no doubt stick in the minds of all players and coaches as the season nears the end.

There was a very limited break after the game with many of the boys having to back up and play on the Tuesday night in Adelaide in the Foxtel cup semi-final against West Adelaide.

The ice baths and recovery techniques were used thoroughly by many players over Sunday and Monday to give the body the greatest opportunity for recovery.

These trips are a fantastic opportunity for many of the players to gain stronger relationships with one another and spend a decent amount of time catching up on whatever is happening in everyone’s lives.

We took a relatively young team over with Darcy Cameron, Steven Edwards, Sam Lamont and my brother Ben making their debuts for the footy club. This was a very proud moment for not only my family but also the families of the boys and they can all be congratulated on handling themselves with aplomb. Hopefully Ben and I can play a few more games together in the future.

Unfortunately the result didn’t go our way on a slippery AAMI stadium surface, but the boys really dug in and had a red-hot crack and if it weren’t for some errant kicking in front of goal the result could have looked a whole lot different.

After the disappointment of losing the game the boys tried to get into a relaxed mood and enjoy each other company in the final hours in Adelaide before our flight home the next morning. Lets just say the flight home the next day was a bit quieter than usual. Nevertheless the boys all had a great time and could look forward to the weekend off with a bye coming up for Round 18.

From now on it’s all footy, footy, footy with a lot to work on over the next few weeks leading into the finals. We start off with Subiaco at Medibank this weekend and would love it if as many supporters could get down to cheer on the mighty tigers as we ramp it up leading into September.

by Tom Taylor

The Kimberley Experience - with Trinity Handley

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 6:28 PM

In the lead up to our Round 15 clash with East Fremantle in Kununurra, a few lucky Claremont Football Club representatives took the opportunity to travel throughout the Kimberley region, visiting schools and communities to run football clinics and deliver various presentations, all while learning a little bit about the local ways of life.

The travelling party consisted of Claremont Football Club Players Andrew Browne, Trinity Handley and Jake Murphy, Football Operations Manager Dean Horsington, League Assistant Coach Wayne Orsi and Football Operations Assistant Warren Parker who all travelled to Kununurra a few days before the rest of the playing squad.

The party broke up and travelled in different directions to cover as much ground as possible.

Trinity Handley was kind enough to share some of his experience with us.


WHEN the possibility of travelling up to the Kimberly to represent the Claremont Football Club on some community visits was put to me, I was genuinely excited to put my hand up. I knew I wouldn’t regret it.

After arriving in Kununurra, a small travelling party consisting of Warren Parker (CFC), Ryan and Scott from Garnduwa, (an organization based in the Kimberly to develop sport and recreation in remote Kimberly communities) and myself paid visits to Warman, Red Hill, Doon Doon, Kununurra Senior High School and Halls Creek Senior High School where we had the opportunity to meet the locals and have a kick with the kids.

Thanks to the Claremont Football Club for the opportunity and to all staff involved including those from Garnduwa, the Community Teachers and the Clontarf staff and volunteers.

The following is a short diary entry describing one of our early morning training sessions.

“Driving through the Kimberly on the Great Northern Highway you can’t help but feel another world away from the endless urban sprawl of our state’s southern capital. The weather is about as warm as the people and there is a relaxed way of doing things. Perhaps the most obvious point of difference is the abundance of uncompromised natural beauty. Burnt red rock regularly juts out of an otherwise surprisingly green landscape while overhead, the blue half dome sky ensures that the temperature remains somewhere between pleasant and unpleasantly hot. It’s rugged and quite handsome.

Then there’s the footy…

Warm up starts at 6:30am. I love a sleep in, but if 7 year olds are capable of getting themselves to school at that hour then the surely so can I. Truth is, it’s the best part of the day. Light, crisp, a real sense of achievement.

20 odd bleary eyed kids greet us as we arrive and perhaps a dozen more filter through during a fairly typical warm up. A few skill drills follow but let’s not kid ourselves - the scratch match is always the main event. The group is divided into roughly two equal teams and the excitement of playing a game gets the better of me too as I find a patch of grass on the half back flank in the hope of getting a kick or two.

Ages range from 7 to 16 and despite their on-field dominance, older kids know to look after their younger counterparts. Few umpiring decisions are made and there is no clearly defined boundary line either however there is order in the apparent disorder. Everything works just fine.

The beautiful part of it is the amount of enjoyment the kids get out of just playing the game. Without fear, unrestrained by the team rules and structures that dominate senior football. Some actually giggle as they run away with the ball. It takes me back to my own earliest memories of the game”

- Trinity Handley

Round 16 "Tiger Talk" - with Jake Murphy

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 6:26 PM
Round 16 Vs. South Fremantle

After a come from behind win in the sweltering heat of Kunnarra, the tigers boys were back to the cold reality that was Perth. The task this week was the ever-improving South Fremantle. A team who despite being positioned on the bottom of the WAFL ladder, were in good form of late and we only have to rewind 4 weeks to their 12-goal domination against East Fremantle to remind our selves of what they can do.

The reserves team was in desperate need of a victory and they were buoyed by the inclusions of Ryan Neates and Sharrod Wellingham, while Luke Blackwell was given the green light to run out the whole game. Unfortunately despite the strong midfield dominance, they boys squandered a half time lead to lose the game by 21 points. Leaving them 2 and a half wins outside the top 4. This left it up to the League team to make sure the club came home with a win as both the colts and now reserves had gone down.

After a strong first half, we were in complete control and if it wasn’t for some poor shots on goal, we could have had the game sown up. This poor accuracy in front of goals would come back to bite us, as South got an early jump in the 3rd quarter and ended up kicking 6 unanswered goals to have the game tied up at 3 quarter time.  

The last quarter was neck and neck and went for a physically demanding 38 minutes. The boys were out on their feet, there was stoppage after stoppage in South Fremantle’s forward line as we were trying to hold onto a 4 point lead. They had several chances late in the game but their best chance came with less than 30 seconds to go and if it wasn’t for a lunging tackle from Nick Winmar we could have been on the wrong side of a tight game.

Although it wasn’t our best performance there is no denying that good sides find a way to win, no matter the situation, and this was a classic example of that.

Round 16 was also the Naidoc round, were every club wore a specially designed jumper and celebrates the Aboriginal and Torres straight islander cultures and recognizes the contributions of indigenous Australians in various fields. Claremont has always had a strong history of indigenous players and had non greater than the 1981 Claremont premiership pair and brothers Jimmy and Phil Krakouer.

This week also saw the boys hold their annual Ladies night upstairs in the members lounge at Claremont Oval. Now ladies night is a lot of hard work. The Boys have to set themselves for a big couple of weeks in the gym and their diet is strictly tuna and almonds. After the match, the boys quickly shoot off to the nearest pharmacist and purchase enough fake tan to make Victoria Beckham proud. The once milky white Richard Cronin transforms to tall tanned rooster!

Throughout the night some select players perform skits, amongst other things, onstage to provide some quality entertainment for the female guests. There were a lot of strong performances but it’s very hard to go past Ethan Panizza, whose sharp dance moves and muscular frame had the girls begging for more.

This week presents another huge challenge as we host Swan Districts at Claremont Oval. Swans had a big win against Perth last week and will no doubt come to play!

by Jake Murphy