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Angove’s link with the past

Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 4:38 PM

Angove’s link with the past

By Ken Casellas

Ninety-seven years ago Tom Angove snapped a goal for Claremont-Cottesloe against East Perth at the Claremont Showgrounds in the second quarter of the club’s first WAFL league match to earn the distinction of scoring the club’s first major.

There will be a direct link to that historic goal when the Claremont colts side clashes with Perth in the colts grand final at Optus Stadium on Sunday when 17-year-old Cody Angove will be looking forward to kicking goals.

Cody Angove’s grandfather John Angove’s uncle was Tom Angove, who came up from Albany in 1926 to become a member of Claremont’s first league side (known in the first nine years as Claremont-Cottesloe). He retired at the end of the 1927 season after playing 22 matches and scoring 15 goals.

The lightly-built Cody Angove made an excellent start in colts football in the round one fixture against West Perth at Joondalup in April this year when he scored two goals, including the WAFL goal of the round, a clever snap from the right pocket.

He has scored 17 goals from his 17 colts matches when he has excelled as a skillful wingman, as well as being used in a forward pocket. Weighing a mere 62kg, he has come under notice with his fierce tackling, as well as his precise footpassing.

The Claremont side, which will be led by Dan Curtin, has met Perth three times this season, with Perth winning the round eight match at Lathlain Park by eight points and the round 20 fixture at Revo Fitness Stadium ending in a draw before the Tigers won the second semi-final by five goals at Leederville Oval. Sunday’s match starts at 12.10 pm.