The Tigers in 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:17 AM

By Darcy Coffey

With our senior teams bowing out in the last couple of weeks of the year we bring a close to the 2018 season. A blistering start to the reserves preliminary final on Sunday raised hopes of a second grand final appearance in 3 years for our developing Tigers however a powerful Subiaco outfit was able to take control of the game from the mid-way point of the opening quarter and run away victorious. The same fate befell our reserves in 2017 going down to Subiaco in the Preliminary Final at Leederville Oval, and once again the more dogged and determined outfit won through. This comes only a week after the League side were out muscled by a resolute West Perth outfit who have since gone on to beat South Fremantle and claim their own spot in the 2018 WAFL Grand Final.

And whilst a preliminary final appearance was almost expected from the reserves after spending much of the year at the pinnacle of the table, the same could not be said of the League side. After suffering some early losses to competition heavyweights and spending a number of weeks at the wrong end of the premiership ladder, a season defining win over South Fremantle in Round 8 appeared to reset the group on their late season charge to win 6 of their final 8 games and finish the home and away season in 4th spot. Our Elimination final win over East Perth in front of nearly 4000 fans was our first finals victory since the 2012 premiership and despite going down to West Perth the following week in the 1stSemi Final, this marks a new beginning for a group that is both the youngest and possesses the most locally zoned players across the competition.

There is a lot to like about our 2018 Tigers. 14 players made their league debut this season with the likes of Dylan Smallwood, Declan Hardisty & Jack Lewsey taking to league football like a duck to water. Sandover medallist and premiership hero Kane Mitchell returned to the fold seamlessly from his extended break away from the club. Jack Beeck returned from an ACL in 2017 and transformed from a lock down defender into a goal-of-the-year kicking wingman. Jared Hardisty, Ryan Lim, Bailey Rogers & Alex Manual have all taken the next step into outstanding WAFL players. Jye Bolton and Anton Hamp proved again to be among the best in the competition in their respective positions. Oli Eastland is a star in the making and I hope you got a good look at Jordan Clark in a Claremont jumper. The list goes on and on.

Our disappointing end to 2018 will be used wisely going forward. The positive, empowering culture Darren Harris and his coaching team have fostered within the walls of our magnificent new facility has set the club on an exciting new path with imminent success on the horizon. Be sure to get around the Tigers in 2019. They know we’re coming.



Bolton Joins Illustrious Group

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 9:36 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

Brilliant midfielder Jye Bolton has become just the 14th player to have won multiple Sandover medals after winning the WAFL’s most prestigious award at Monday night’s count at Optus Stadium.

Bolton, 26, polled 52 votes to finish five clear of Subiaco captain Kyal Horsley.

In doing so, Bolton, who won the award and the E.B Cook Medal in his first season for the Tigers in 2016, joins Sammy Clarke, who was the first player to win the award in consecutive years (1933-34), as the only two Claremont players to have won the Sandover Medal more than once.

Bolton, a fierce competitor who wills himself to contest after contest through his desire for team success, received votes in 14 games, the most by any player.

Bolton, who is also a dual Simpson medallist, has not missed a game since debuting for the Tigers in round one, 2016, and says that this year was his best since joining the club from Werribee.

“Without looking at stats or anything along those lines, I think that I had a better year this year (than in 2016),” Bolton told 91.3 SportFM’s Sports Drive.

“I think that I’ve grown in a leadership perspective and also with my defensive work around stoppages and in terms of transition as well.

“They’re things that obviously don’t show up on the stats sheet but, I’m really trying to make sure that I’m making my teammates around me better players as well.

“That’s something that I’ve definitely grown my game on and we’ve ended up winning a final as opposed to coming seventh in my first year when I won it.”

Congratulations Jye.

Other Claremont players to poll votes were co-vice-captain Kane Mitchell (32), Jared Hardisty (19), Tom Curren (9), Alex Manuel (7), Haydn Busher (6), captain Ian Richardson, Bailey Rogers and Lachlan Martinis (5), Morgan Davies (3), Tom Lee, co-vice-captain Ryan Lim, Oliver Eastland and Kaiden Gilbert (1).

Reserves: Lions Too Strong For Tigers

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:22 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

Claremont’s Reserves suffered a 42-point defeat against Subiaco in the preliminary final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval, with the disappointing performance ending the Tigers’ season.

The Lions’ 11.14 (80) to 5.8 (38) win secures them a spot in the grand final against East Perth, while the Tigers will lick their wounds but be back bigger and better in 2019.

In a tough but scrappy contest played in glorious conditions, the Lions’ strength in the contest and outside run proved too much for the Tigers, who, were indirect and lacked application.

Bullocking utility Isaac Wallace (nine tackles) was Claremont’s best player and won the players’ player award for the second time in seven days after winning his midfield battle with Subiaco’s Adam Cockie, while ruckman Jeremy Goddard (47 hit-outs, four tackles, one goal) continued his outstanding finish to the season.

Rebounding defender Jack Lewsey (team-high 16 disposals) was prominent, while Dylan Smallwood blanketed Subiaco forward Brad Stevenson (one mark, one goal).

Meanwhile, midfielder Morgan Davies laid a game-high 13 tackles.

Ray Daniels kicked a game-high two goals for the Lions, while midfielder Craig Hoskins recorded a game-high 25 disposals.

CLAREMONT 1.2 2.6 3.6 5.8 (38)

SUBIACO 4.5 6.8 8.12 11.14 (80)


CLAREMONT: 1 M. Palfrey, J. Goddard, A. Waterman, B. Wilson, S. Morton.

SUBIACO: 2 R. Daniels, 1 R. Borchet, B. Stevenson, C. Hoskins, M. Braut, S. Bradley, D. Perkins, N. Menegola, M. Lawrence, D. Leach.


CLAREMONT: I. Wallace, J. Goddard, J. Lewsey, D. Smallwood.

SUBIACO: M. Lawrence, C. Hoskins, T. Cleggett, M. Braut.

2018 Club Champions Awards Night

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Be there as we count the votes, round by round, to decide this year’s Fairest & Best Players.

Date: Friday October 5th 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Claremont FC Function Rooms
Dress Code: Jacket & Tie / Cocktail Dress 
Tickets: $80

Key Features:
Three Course Meal
5 hour Beverage Package
Video Highlights 

*Please note*: hard copy tickets will not be issued. Confirmation will be sent via email and purchasers names will be on the door list. 

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Preliminary Final Preview Subiaco vs. Claremont

Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:03 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

Claremont’s Reserves face Subiaco in the preliminary final at Fremantle Community Bank Oval on Sunday, with the winner to face East Perth in the grand final at Optus Stadium seven days later.

The Tigers thumped Swan Districts in the first semifinal at Joondalup Arena last week, while the Lions surrendered a 44-point quarter-time lead in their loss to the Royals.

Just one win separated the Lions and Tigers on the ladder at the end of the home-and-away season, and a fierce contest is set to unfold as both teams aim to keep their seasons alive.

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


Fremantle Community Bank Oval, Sunday, September 16, 11.50am.


Tune in to Footy Radio (WAFL App) for LIVE coverage.

League: Falcons Swoop On Tigers

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 9:08 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

A disappointing performance saw Claremont suffer a 53-point loss against West Perth in glorious conditions in the first semifinal at Joondalup Arena.

A slow start resulted in a 29-point deficit at quarter-time, and despite the Tigers winning the third term, the Falcons were always in control as they prevailed 19.9 (123) to 10.10 (70) to advance to the preliminary final against South Fremantle.

The Falcons’ spread, ability to hit targets and efficiency in front of goal proved too much for the Tigers, who saw their season come to an end but will be back bigger and better in 2019.

The tenacious Keifer Yu (one goal) was applauded from the ground by both teams after his 100th and final League game for the club, with the inspirational Tiger among the visitor’s best players.

Co-vice-captain and midfielder Ryan Lim (27 disposals, one goal) was Claremont’s best player and won the players’ player award, while spearhead Tom Lee (six marks) kicked a team-high four goals.

Rebounding defender Lachlan Martinis (20 disposals) and utility Haydn Busher (team-high six inside 50s) battled manfully, while co-vice-captain and tireless midfielder Kane Mitchell laid a game-high 11 tackles.

Meanwhile, hardworking forward Alex Manuel (six marks) kicked three goals.

Spearhead Tyler Keitel kicked a team-high four goals for the Falcons, who were well served by captain Aaron Black (31 disposals, three goals) and former Tiger Keegan Knott (three goals).

CLAREMONT 2.3 3.5 7.9 10.10 (70)

WEST PERTH 7.2 11.3 13.5 19.9 (123)


CLAREMONT: 4 T. Lee, 3 A. Manuel, 1 K. Yu, I. Richardson, R. Lim.

WEST PERTH: 4 T. Keitel, 3 A. Black, K. Knott, 2 A. Strijk, C. Chalmers, S, Nelson, 1 J. van Berlo, K. Shannon, M. Peirce.


CLAREMONT: R. Lim, K. Yu, T. Lee, L. Martinis, H. Busher.

WEST PERTH: A. Black, S. Nelson, D. Munns, L. Meadows, K. Knott.

Reserves: Tigers Bury Swans

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 9:06 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

A ruthless, dominant and clinical performance from Claremont’s Reserves saw the Tigers crush Swan Districts by 68 points in glorious conditions in the first semifinal at Joondalup Arena.

The 22.3 (135) to 10.7 (67) mauling is the Tigers’ highest score of the season and sets up a preliminary final showdown with Subiaco at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

A blistering, 13-goals-to-two first half set up an enormous 67-point lead at half-time, and despite Swans responding in the third term, the Tigers slammed on six more goals in the final term to record an emphatic victory.

The Tigers took 18 more marks, laid 19 more tackles and recorded eight more scoring shots than their beaten opponents, and kicked 16.0 after quarter-time.

11 goal-kickers also highlighted the team’s evenness and many avenues to goal.

Tough-as-nails defender Isaac Wallace set the tone with his unwavering attack on the ball and blanketed Swans’ Taryce Stewart (two disposals, one goal) to finish as Claremont’s best player and deservedly win the players’ player award, while Shaquille Morton laid six tackles and kicked two goals in a starring role across the half-forward line.

The high-leaping Matt Palfrey returned from concussion to kick a game-high five goals, including four in the Tigers’ first-half blitz, while ruckman Jeremy Goddard (37 hit-outs) continued his great form and regularly gave the midfield first use.

Midfielder Tom Curren (28 disposals) laid six tackles for the second week running, while Alec Waterman and Brett Wilson each kicked three goals.

Meanwhile, clearance and tackling machine Rylie Morgan laid a game-high nine tackles.

Steven Wityk kicked a team-high four goals for Swans, however, the black-and-whites had no answers to the Tigers’ early onslaught and saw their season come to an end.

Ryan Murphy, Palfrey, Cameron Quenby and James Egan came into the team as the Tigers kicked to the southern end of the ground in the opening term, with a booming pass from Waterman setting up Palfrey for the opening goal of the game.

The dangerous forward quickly doubled his and the team’s tally after some outstanding composure from Jacob Orr at full-back, before goals from Morgan Davies and Morgan saw the Tigers race to a 24-point lead at the midway point of the opening term.

Chad Daniels then kicked Swans’ first major before Egan added the Tigers’ fifth.

A smother from Josh Bennett and a great tackle and pass from Morton set up Waterman for the Tigers’ sixth goal and a 32-point lead at quarter-time, with the team recording seven more contested disposals, four more clearances and 14 more handball receives than Swans.

Coach Steven Armstrong paid tribute to the fantastic work from the midfield and lauded the team’s spread and pressing, before a ferocious tackle from Wilson at half-back earned the Tiger a free kick in the early stages of the second term and reiterated the team’s appetite for the contest.

Ben Rushforth then extended the lead to 38 points after kicking the Tigers’ seventh goal, before big man Eddie Simpson made Swans pay from a 50m penalty.

A third goal to Palfrey gave the Tigers five consecutive goals and stretched the advantage to 50 points, before Wityk kicked the first of his four majors for Swans.

However, a second goal from Waterman and major to Wilson, with the latter resulting from repeat efforts from Murphy in midfield, regained control for the Tigers, before Waterman added his third and Palfrey his fourth after some sweeping play from defence.

The result was a 67-point lead to the Tigers at half-time following a breathtaking first half that included eight goal-kickers.

Goals from Freddie Clutterbuck and Josh Cipro gave Swans consecutive goals for the first time and trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 53 points early in the second half, before a penetrating finish from 50m gave Wilson his second goal.

The previously unsighted Stewart then kicked Swans’ fifth goal, before the dashing Nic Bucknall and Wilson (third) replied for the Tigers.

A second to Wityk saw Swans win the term and trim the Tigers’ lead to 58 points at the final change, with Armstrong imploring the team to kick the ball long to the forwards.

A third to Wityk gave Swans the first goal of the final term, before Palfrey kicked his fifth and Bucknall his second.

Wityk then hit back with his fourth for Swans, before a strong tackle from Rushforth resulted in a free kick and Morton kicking the Tigers’ 19th major.

Nicholas Allan was next to get in on the act after splitting the middle from a tight angle, before Morton wobbled through his second goal from a similar position to his first.

Two of the last three goals, either side of a second to Davies, from Swans proved little more than consolation on a day that belonged to the Tigers and saw the team move one step closer to the grand final.

CLAREMONT 6.3 13.3 16.3 22.3 (135)

SWAN DISTRICTS 1.1 2.2 6.5 10.7 (67)


CLAREMONT: 5 M. Palfrey, 3 A. Waterman, B. Wilson, 2 M. Davies, S. Morton, N. Bucknall, 1 E. Simpson, B. Rushforth, R. Morgan, N. Allan, J. Egan.

SWAN DISTRICTS: 4 S. Wityk, 2 F. Clutterbuck, 1 T. Stewart, J. Cipro, B. Erceg, C. Daniels.


CLAREMONT: I. Wallace, S. Morton, M. Palfrey, J. Goddard, T. Curren.

SWAN DISTRICTS: J. Cipro, J. O'Sullivan, S. Wityk, F. Clutterbuck.

Semifinal Preview West Perth vs. Claremont

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 9:17 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi

Claremont face West Perth in the first semifinal at Joondalup Arena in week two of the 2018 TABtouch WAFL Finals Series on Sunday afternoon, with the Tigers aiming to continue their strong momentum and secure a place in the preliminary final.

The Tigers defeated East Perth in the elimination final, while the Falcons were comprehensively beaten by South Fremantle in the qualifying final.

Fan favourite Jack Beeck will play his 50th game as the Tigers aim for their fifth consecutive win.

Meanwhile, Claremont’s Reserves face Swan Districts in the first semifinal at Joondalup Arena.

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



Joondalup Arena, Sunday, September 9, 2.15pm.

Reserves: 11.25am.


Tune in to SportFM (91.3) from 1.45pm, or Footy Radio for LIVE coverage.


Played: 268.

West Perth: 157.

Claremont: 110.

Draws: 1.

League: Ferocious Tigers Roar Past Royals

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Photo by Gary Day

Article by Daniel Scamozzi

An outstanding team performance from Claremont resulted in a commanding 28-point win against East Perth in glorious conditions in the elimination final at a packed Claremont Oval in week one of the 2018 TABtouch WAFL Finals Series.

A determined mindset, terrific intensity, fierce and relentless pressure, ferocious tackling and a buy-in from the whole team epitomised the 12.11 (83) to 8.7 (55) triumph, with the Tigers now set to face West Perth in the first semifinal at Joondalup Arena on Sunday.

The Tigers’ fourth consecutive win, third against the Royals this season and first in the finals since 2012 was built on the back of a dominant three-goals-to-nil opening term, including 15 more contested disposals, 17 more inside 50s and eight more scoring shots.

Despite momentum changing several times after quarter-time, the Tigers were always in control of the contest and ended up recording 57 more disposals, 22 more marks, 12 more tackles, 23 more inside 50s and eight more scoring shots as they ended the Royals’ season.

Co-vice-captain and outstanding midfielder Kane Mitchell (25 disposals) celebrated his 100th game with a typically inspirational performance, shrugging off a shoulder concern to lay a game-high 13 tackles and finish as Claremont’s best player and deservedly win the players’ player award.

The tireless Tiger was then chaired from the ground by captain Ian Richardson and the dashing Jack Beeck before the Tigers belted out the club song with him in the middle.

Forward Tom Lee provided an imposing focal point and hauled in eight marks and kicked a game-high five goals as he tore the Royals’ defence to shreds, while teenager Jordan Clark took a game-high 10 marks in a typically composed and brilliant performance across half-back.

Ruckman Oliver Eastland (18 disposals, 31 hit-outs) gave the Tigers tremendous service and won a game-high six free kicks, while utility Haydn Busher (22 disposals, two goals) was prominent and kicked the goal of the day in the third term.

The Royals were well served by former Tigers Pat McGinnity and Francis Watson, but couldn’t match the hosts’ endeavour and commitment.

Hardworking forward Jordan Law replaced midfielder Tom Curren (omitted) in the team that defeated Swan Districts in round 21, as the Tigers elected to kick to the southern end of the ground in the opening term.

The first of five goals to Lee came in the eighth minute and was the result of the Tigers locking the ball in their front half through relentless pressing and pressure, before repeat efforts at half-back from Clark epitomised the team’s appetite for the contest.

Tyron Smallwood then bounced through a miraculous snap from the pocket, before more fierce tackling and pressure suffocated the Royals.

Co-vice-captain Ryan Lim then banged through the Tigers’ third major, giving the hosts a 23-point lead at quarter-time.

3.6 to 0.1 was an indication that the Tigers should have been further ahead, though the significant advantage in contested disposals and inside 50s delighted coach Darren Harris.

A spearing pass from midfielder Jye Bolton resulted in a second goal to Lee and gave the Tigers a great start to the second term and extended the lead to 29 points, before West Coast’s Oscar Allen got the Royals on the board.

A 50m penalty then allowed ruckman Ajang Ajang to give the Royals consecutive majors and trimmed the Tigers’ lead to 16 points at half-time, with the hosts now +20 in inside 50s.

Goals to Nathan Blee and Ajang (second) gave the Royals four in a row and pulled them to within four points early in the second half, before forward Alex Manuel kicked a timely major for the Tigers after a courageous mark and great pass from Keifer Yu.

Richardson then made the most of a squaring pass from Bolton, before Busher evaded an opponent and brilliantly split the middle from a tight angle to give the Tigers three consecutive goals and a 23-point lead.

Lee soon made it 29 with his third major after a spearing left-footed pass from Tom Ledger, before late goals from Matt Allen and Brendon Ah Chee pulled the Royals to within 16 points at the final change.

Harris implored the Tigers to improve their efforts in contested disposal, before a second major from Oscar Allen gave the Royals three consecutive goals and pulled them to within nine points early in the final term.

A swift transition from defence ended with another strong mark from Lee, who selflessly handballed to Yu, allowing the tenacious Tiger to kick the team’s ninth goal before Busher made the Royals pay from a 50m penalty with his second major.

Lee then kicked his fourth and fifth goals to give the Tigers a game-high 34-point lead, before a goal from West Coast’s Jack Petruccelle after the siren mattered little to the result as the Tigers recorded a memorable win in front of an adoring Tiger Army.

CLAREMONT 3.6 4.7 8.8 12.11 (83)

EAST PERTH 0.1 2.3 6.4 8.7 (55)


CLAREMONT: 5 T. Lee, 2 H. Busher, 1 K. Yu, I. Richardson, R. Lim, A. Manuel, T. Smallwood.

EAST PERTH: 2 A. Ajang, O. Allen, 1 N. Blee, M. Allen, J. Petruccelle, B. Ah Chee.


CLAREMONT: K. Mitchell, T. Lee, J. Clark, O. Eastland, H. Busher.

EAST PERTH: P. McGinnity, B. Ah Chee, F. Watson, O. Allen.

CROWD: 3, 669 at Claremont Oval.

Reserves: Royals Edge Tigers

Monday, September 3, 2018 - 10:50 AM

By Daniel Scamozzi. 

Claremont’s Reserves suffered a 16-point defeat against East Perth in glorious conditions in the qualifying final at Claremont Oval.

Three late goals from the Royals saw them prevail 12.11 (83) to 10.7 (67), meaning the Tigers now face Swan Districts in the first semifinal at Joondalup Arena on Sunday.

Despite holding narrow leads at the first two changes and a one-point advantage in the 17th minute of the final term, the Tigers couldn’t hold off the speedy Royals, and will now regroup as they aim to keep their season alive.

Ruckman Jeremy Goddard (14 disposals, five marks, 39 hit-outs) starred with his tap work, efforts around the ground and strong marking to finish as Claremont’s best player and win the players’ player award, with fellow big man Eddie Simpson (10 marks, two goals) also giving the Tigers tremendous service.

Midfielder Tom Curren (29 disposals) laid a team-high six tackles in a strong response to his League omission, with fellow midfielder Rylie Morgan continuing his strong form and recording game-high totals of 32 disposals and nine inside 50s.

Brett Wilson kicked a team-high three goals, including two outstanding finishes from the right-forward pocket at the southern end of the ground in the final term, while Morgan Davies (27 disposals, 10 marks, five tackles, five inside 50s) was also influential.

Meanwhile, Braydn Furmark kicked a game-high four goals for the Royals as the visitors booked a date with co-tenants Subiaco in the second semifinal.

Curren, Isaac Wallace and Shaquille Morton came into the team that lost to Swans in round 21, as the Tigers kicked to the northern end of the ground in the opening term with defender Jesse Laurie captaining the team.

A smother from defender Jacob Orr at half-back, which hit him in the face, ended the Tiger’s game through concussion and was an early blow for the team, though the hosts did kick a goal from the team-lifting act after Alec Waterman converted a kick-to-advantage from Nic Bucknall.

Nick Winmar then split the middle from a tight angle to give the Tigers consecutive goals and a great start, before Stan Wright replied for the Royals.

A ferocious tackle from Goddard on East Perth’s Shayne Hille in midfield earned the Tiger a free kick and was a sign of his appetite for the contest, before the first of Furmark’s four goals levelled the scores in the 21st minute.

Wilson then made the most of some nifty work from the speedy Bailey Bennett to restore the Tigers’ lead, before a strong mark at full-back from Simpson denied the Royals and saw the hosts take a seven-point lead at quarter-time.

Coach Steven Armstrong praised the “great start”, though a goal to Dwayne Bolton in the third minute of the second term pulled the Royals to within one point.

A goal to Simpson resulted from a smother and handball from Cooper Nitschke, before the latter went from goal provider to scorer after a searching pass from Winmar and a 50m penalty.

The busy Davies then gave the Tigers three consecutive goals and a 14-point lead, with the Royals guilty of missing several gettable shots at goal.

However, late majors to Mitchell Dobson and Austin Watson gave the visitors a strong finish to the term and trimmed the Tigers’ lead to two points at half-time.

A second goal to Furmark gave the Royals three consecutive majors, a fast start to the second half and a five-point lead, before Simpson replied with his second after a squaring pass from Curren.

Nathan Arbon then made the Tigers pay for a turnover in defence, giving the Royals a five-point lead at the final change.

Armstrong implored the Tigers to win territory and relish the occasion, though a goal from Nathan Eaton gave the Royals a fast start to the final term and extended their lead to 11 points.

Second goals to Wilson and Nitschke restored the lead for the Tigers, before Furmark bobbed up with his third to reclaim it for the Royals.

Another outstanding finish from Wilson restored it for the Tigers, before the Royals kicked the last three goals of the game.

CLAREMONT 3.2 6.2 7.4 10.7 (67)

EAST PERTH 2.1 5.6 7.9 12.11 (83)


CLAREMONT: 3 B. Wilson, 2 E. Simpson, C. Nitschke, 1 M. Davies, N. Winmar, A. Waterman.

EAST PERTH: 4 B. Furmark, 2 C. England, 1 S. Wright, M. Dobson, N. Eaton, D. Bolton, N. Arbon, A. Watson.


CLAREMONT: J. Goddard, E. Simpson, T. Curren, R. Morgan, B. Wilson.

EAST PERTH: H. Stack, D. Bolton, B. Furmark, A. Redhead.