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2018 Qatar Raffle

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 9:10 PM

2018 Claremont Football Club Qatar Raffle

First prize -  WIN 2 x Business Class Tickets to any QATAR destination worldwide on Qatar Airways A380.

Second prize -  $1000 Cash Prize.

Third prize - 1 x Night Stay at Hope Farm Guesthouse. Valued at $250


Tickets can be purchased at the Club.

Draw date Friday 10th August 2018.


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The two (2) return tickets must be issued by 31st December 2018. Tickets will be voided if not redeemed by due date.

·         Travel must be completed by 31 March 2019.
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Prizewinners are fully responsible for their own VISA arrangement and validity of travel documents.
·         This original prize letter must be presented upon prize redemption.
·         Redemption of prize tickets must be made directly with Qatar Airways by email for any queries related to this booking.

Round 7 Preview Claremont vs. Perth

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 4:44 PM

Claremont host Perth in a must-win clash at Claremont Oval on Saturday afternoon, with the Tigers aiming to end a three-game losing streak and record their second win of the season.

Both teams enter the clash with 1-4 records and sit two wins outside the top five, with the Tigers having not played at the venue since defeating East Fremantle in round three.

Keifer Yu and Oliver Eastland will aim to prove their fitness after missing the loss to Peel Thunder through concussion, along with Fraser Gilbert, who has been sidelined since round four with an oblique tear.

The Tigers will wear black armbands in memory of dual premiership player and former captain Tony Beers, and former assistant coach Wayne Orsi, who both passed away recently.

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

There will be a 'Kids Colouring-in Station' and a competition will be running with some exciting prizes to win.

Entry is FREE for children 15 and under.


Claremont Oval, Saturday, May 19, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.30am.

Colts: 9.00am.


Tune in to KIX Digital for LIVE coverage, or you can download the WAFL App and listen via Footy Radio on your phone.


Played: 259.

Claremont: 140.

Perth: 118.

Draws: 1.

By Dan Scamozzi

Bolton Predicts A Brighter Future

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 2:32 PM

By Ken Casellas

Dynamic midfielder Jye Bolton is quietly confident that he and his champion teammate Kane Mitchell will bring the winning feeling out of Western Australia’s superb victory over South Australia in Adelaide last Saturday to the Claremont side which is languishing in eighth position on the WAFL league ladder.

Bolton was awarded the Simpson Medal as WA’s outstanding performer in the 26-point triumph and Mitchell produced a typical powerful four-quarter effort.

“Kane and I waxed a little bit out there --- and you can always hear his voice,” Bolton said. “He was an integral part of the victory.

“We took the opportunity to view the ways that other good players around the league prepare for a match and how they bring their leadership and how they get their teammates involved. Hopefully, we can take some pieces out of that and bring the winning feeling back to Claremont.”

Bolton and Mitchell have recovered well from the tough encounter with South Australia and are looking forward keenly to help the Tigers beat Perth at Claremont Oval on Saturday. Claremont have won only one match (by four points against East Fremantle) from their first five matches this season.

“I’ll be trying my best in a bid to overcome Perth,” Bolton said. “Our start this season is not the brightest in terms of a win-loss record. But I think we have come a long way from where we were last year, even though we won our first three games last year before losing the next six matches.

“This year we have been close in most matches and we’ve come a long way in areas we have focused on. As soon as we can bring it all together and concentrate for a full game we should start seeing results going the other way.

“Making the finals is the goal we’re all working towards. We’re process driven, not outcome driven and so we know the steps we’ve got to take and work on.”

Bolton was a driving force in WA’s win in Adelaide when he took six marks, had 15 kicks and made 19 handpasses. He also kicked a goal, laid three tackles and sent the ball inside his side’s 50m attacking zone four times. Mitchell weighed in with three marks, 15 kicks, ten handpasses, three tackles and three inside 50s.

Bolton now has represented WA in three interstate matches for wins over Tasmania in 2016 and Victoria last year. He also won the Simpson Medal for his brilliant display in the victory over Tasmania.

“It’s awesome playing State footy with a lot of people you respect,” he said. “All you want to do is to try to contribute as well as you can and to show that we’re the best league outside the AFL.

“In terms of history, I relished the victory over Victoria last year, beating them for the first time in Melbourne. However, in terms of the quality of the opposition, this win over South Australia was better than the wins over Tasmania and Victoria.”

Hardisty’s Circuitous Trip To Claremont

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:42 AM

By Ken Casellas

Growing up, Dec Hardisty had dreams of becoming a soccer star or an ice hockey champion.

Less than 12 years ago the 20-year-old Hardisty had never heard of Australian football.

Born in England of Canadian parents and spending seven years of his childhood in Cyprus, Hardisty has travelled a circuitous route to earn his stripes as a league footballer with the Claremont Tigers.

Now Hardisty is fully committed to making his mark in football. He became Claremont’s fourth league debutant this season when he played in a back pocket and excelled in beating experienced South Fremantle forward Blaine Johnson in the round-five match in Albany before he gave another outstanding performance in defence against Peel at Rushton Park last Saturday week.

“I’m really enjoying football,” he said. “It’s really fast and a lot more interesting than games like rugby; it’s multi-directional; it’s fantastic. My aim now is to play as many league games as I can and see where it takes me.

”I’m just doing my role for the team --- shutting down my opponent. That’s one of my biggest strengths, locking down my opponent and keeping him off the score sheet.”

Hardisty is also enjoying his time as a full-time student at the University of WA where he is a first-year architecture student after switching from an engineering course the previous year.

His father Paul was born in Toronto and his mother Heidi was from Winnipeg. “Dad had an environmental consulting agency and they moved to England more than 20 years ago,” Hardisty said.

Hardisty was born in Shepton Mallet, a small town south of Bristol, in January 1998 and ten months later the family moved to Cyprus and lived there for seven years. Dec and his elder brother Zac played soccer there and also went to ice hockey camps with the intention of playing ice hockey seriously when the family returned to Canada.

“The original plan was leave Cyprus and move back to Canada with Dad’s work,” said Dec. “But at the last minute, Dad sold his business to an engineering firm in Perth and we came to live in Western Australia --- and we’ve been here for almost 12 years.”

The family settled in Swanbourne where neighbours introduced the Hardistys to the great Australian game of football. Dec fell in love with the game and for several years played in under-age sides, mainly as a midfielder, for the Swanny Tigers and other junior clubs in Cottesloe and Claremont.

Dec also made his mark as a footballer and cricketer at Scotch College, even though he gave soccer another try in Year ten. He was a member of Scotch’s Darlot Cup winning side in Year 11 and was the side’s opening batsman and co-captain in his final year at school.

He played for the Scotch first 18 in the Alcock Cup competition as a defender in his final two years --- even though he excelled as a goalscoring striker in the soccer team in Year ten. A torn meniscus in his left knee required surgery and kept him out of action for much of the 2015 season before he joined the Claremont colts side the following year.

It was a great start to his career at Claremont. He finished sixth in the club’s fairest-and-best award and was a member of the side which came from behind to win the colts premiership, beating East Perth by 18 points.

Hardisty was chosen in the WAFL colts Team of the Year, but a meniscus tear in his right knee which required surgery halted his progress the following season. “I missed the first ten or 11 rounds and had to come back through the West Coast amateurs before resuming with the Claremont reserves,” he said.

The young man with three passports --- British, Canadian and Australian --- started this season in fine form with the reserves and gained an opportunity to break into the league side for the match against South Fremantle when in-form defender Fraser Gilbert was laid low with a hip injury.

He became the second Hardisty in the side, joining dynamic 22-year-old midfielder Jared Hardisty. “He’s pretty tough and gets in an under,” said Dec Hardisty. “He’s a really good guy, a real beauty.”



Egan Shines On Debut

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:29 AM

By Ken Casellas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Player Quiz - Beau Maister

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:13 AM









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

Q1 Name: Beau Maister

Q2 Nickname: Chief

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: Wce

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

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Tom Brady

Q6 Favourite food: Mexican

Q7 Favourite movie: Jim Carey’s early stuff!

Q8 Favourite TV show: Entourage

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

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

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

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

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

1. Leonardo DiCaprio

2. Roger Federer

3. Barack Obama

Q14 Your most treasured possession: Wedding ring

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

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

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

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

Lurker (Tom Ledger)

Q19 Before a game I always: Have a long macchiato

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

Tigers Star for Black Swans

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 10:08 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 0.4 8.6 10.9 15.12 (102)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA 4.2 4.6 9.7 11.10 (76)


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

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


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

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



By Dan Scamozzi


2018 Player Quiz - Kane Mitchell

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 2:44 PM










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

Q1 Name: Kane Sydney Mitchell

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

Q3 AFL club supported as a kid: West Coast

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

Q5 Favourite sporting hero: Ben Cousins

Q6 Favourite food: Fish tacos

Q7 Favourite movie: The Sandlot Kids

Q8 Favourite TV show: Avatar: The Last Airbender

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

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

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

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

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

      1. Gandalf the Grey

      2. Buddha

      3. Tyrion Lannister

Q14 Your most treasured possession: Hard drive

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

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

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

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

Q19 Before a game I always: Tape my toes

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


Round 6 Match Report: League

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Patchy Tigers Fall to Peel

Stronger for longer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLAREMONT 2.2 6.7 9.9 11.12 (78)

PEEL THUNDER 5.2 6.5 11.10 14.14 (98)


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

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


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

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

By Dan Scamozzi

Round 6 Match Report: Reserves

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Tigers Record Consecutive Wins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLAREMONT 3.0 7.1 11.1 14.4 (88)

PEEL THUNDER 3.2 3.3 5.6 7.7 (49)


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

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


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

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

By Dan Scamozzi