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Claremont Football Club
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Names
Full name Claremont Football Club
Nickname(s) Claremont Tigers
Season 2009
Position (after finals) 8th
Home & away season 8th
Top goalkicker Chad Jones
Best & Fairest Ian Richardson
Club Details
Founded 1921
Colours Navy blue and gold
Competition West Australian Football League
Chairman Ken Venables
Coach Simon McPhee
Captain(s) Jaxon Crabb
Ground(s) Claremont Oval (Capacity: 19000)
Other information
Official website http://www.claremontfc.com.au
Guernsey:
Claremont Tigers Jumper.svg

The Claremont Football Club is an Australian rules football club in the West Australian Football League (WAFL). It is nicknamed the "Tigers", and its official colours are navy blue and gold.

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History

It was formed as the amateur Cottesloe Beach Football Club in 1906, and joined the peak amateur competition, the Western Australian Football Association the following year. The club dominated the WAFA from the outset, winning premierships from 1907-1910, and in 1908 it beat WAFL club Subiaco in a challenge match.

Applications by the club to join the WAFL were rejected for many years. In 1919, the Cottesloe Beach club merged with a consortium from Claremont which was also attempting to gain entry to the WAFL and had no contracted players, but claimed to have secured use of the Claremont Showgrounds, as a home ground. In 1921, the club was admitted to the WAFL "B" Grade competition, as Claremont-Cottesloe, using the same blue and gold colours as the local swimming club. It was finally admitted to the senior league in 1926.

The inaugural captain-coach was former South Fremantle and Richmond player Norm McIntosh, who was the only player with senior experience. McIntosh's young squad could only win one game in their first season.

In 1927, the club moved to Claremont Oval, where it has been the club's home ground, with the exception of 1945 and 1946, where, due to the grandstand burning down in 1944, and the condition of the playing surface, the club shared with Subiaco Oval with the Subiaco Football Club.

Between 1926 and 1935 Claremont won just 40 and drew 2 of 183 games for an overall success rate of 22.4%. The nearest they came to qualifying for the finals was in 1929 when, with 8 wins and 10 defeats, they finished just 4 points plus percentage behind 4th placed Subiaco. Even when Swan Districts was admitted to the competition in 1934 Claremont-Cottesloe continued to underachieve, ending up with the wooden spoon for the 7th time in 9 seasons.

In 1935 the club officially dropped 'Cottesloe' from its name, becoming simply 'Claremont', and with the return of George Moloney in 1936 following his five seasons with Geelong Football Club in Australian football's 'big league' the VFL Claremont enjoyed its best WANFL season to date, winning 12 and losing 8 of its home and away matches to qualify for the finals in 2nd place. A 5 point 2nd semi final defeat of minor premier East Fremantle Football Club then earned Claremont premiership favouritism, a state of affairs which intensified still further when it was learned that their grand final opponents would not be Old Easts, but the Royals (East Perth Football Club), which had finished the minor round in 4th place, but had surprisingly overturned East Fremantle in the preliminary final by a solitary point. The 1936 WANFL grand final attracted 20,874 spectators to Subiaco Oval, who witnessed East Perth reaching a 11.5 (71) to 9.6 (60) victory.

Claremont again finished runners-up a year later after raising hopes, first by finishing the home and away rounds with a 13-5-1 record to qualify for the finals as minor premiers, and then by overcoming East Fremantle in the 2nd semi final by 14 points. However, when the stakes were raised a fortnight later against the same opponent Claremont was found lacking, eventually going under by 10 points.

In 1938 the club replaced coach Dick Lawn with Johnny Leonard, a former Sandover Medallist, who had already coached successfully at Ballarat, Geelong and West Perth. The club qualified for the finals in 2nd place and scored a 2nd semi final victory over East Fremantle, winning, 17.19 (121) to 13.18 (96). The grand final, again against East Fremantle however resulted in a draw, only the second time in WA(N)FL history. In the subsequent grand final replay Claremont won by 22 points, 14.17 (111) to 11.13 (79), breaking their premiership drought. 1939 although the club lost the 2nd semi final against East Perth it won the preliminary final against East Perth saw the club win its second premiership, 10.17 (77) to 11.5 (71). In the grand final re-match with East Fremantle, Claremont went on to win 14.11 (95) to 11.10 (76) obtaining its second premiership.

1940 saw Claremont again reach the finals, losing the 2nd semi final against the South Fremantle Football Club before the club prevailed against East Fremantle in the preliminary final. In the grand final Claremont went on to beat South Fremantle obtaining their third premiership. Due to the war making greater and greater inroads into clubs' playing resources (between 1942 and 1944 the WANFL operated on a limited, under age only basis) Claremont's best finish was 4th place in 1941.

Between 1953 and 1963 Claremont never finished higher than 6th, never won more games in a season than it lost, and finished last on three occasions.

In 1964 after claiming the wooden spoon in 1962 and 1963 Claremont appointed a complete outsider as coach, former East Fremantle rover Jim Conway. At the end of the season Claremont scraped into the finals in 4th place. The club went on to beat Subiaco in the 1st semi final, which was then followed by a win against the Demons (Perth Football Club) in the preliminary final, with Claremont winning 14.18 (102) to 15.8 (98) against East Fremantle in the grand final and securing the club's fourth premiership.

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2007 season

Claremont ended the season strongly, claiming the minor premiership, but lost to Subiaco in the WAFL Grand Final on 23 September 2007. Coach Ashley Prescott left the club at the end of the season to take up an assistant coaching role with Essendon. Prescott's replacement is former assistant coach, Roger Kerr (former East Fremantle player and father of West Coast Eagles player, Daniel Kerr), who was been given a two year contract.[1] Claremont also won the 2007 Rodriquez Shield (the team which has the best League, Reserves and Colts record combined).[2]

2008 season

Claremont's 2008 campaign kicked off on 22 March against West Perth at Claremont Oval, which Claremont won by 14 points. [3] It was Roger Kerr's first game in charge of the club. He took the reins of the club, following the loss of experienced players such as Daniel Bandy (retired), Rowan Jones (retired), Luke Toia (retired), as well as Mitch Morton (Richmond) and Cale Morton (Melbourne). Other less notable losses include Luke Dwyer (retired), Darren Harper (retired), Aaron Jarvis (retired), Trent Martin (East Perth), Tim Nelli (East Fremantle), Tom Matson (overseas) and Rory Walton (overseas). The Tiger's only gain this year was former-Brisbane Lions midfielder Marcus Allan.

The Tigers finished the season second last, saving themselves from the wooden spoon with a victory on the last day of the competition.

2009 season

Claremont lost their first match of 2009 and things were starting to look a bit wobbly, after they lost their second match. The losing streak continued, to which they had lost nine games in a row. At the end of April the club decided to cut short Kerr's two year coaching contract. Claremont appointed Simon McPhee as a caretaker coach, becoming the club's 30th league coach.[4] McPhee had been the coach of Claremont's Colts team for the last three seasons. Under the new coach the Tigers started to win a couple of games. They finished in eighth place on the ladder, with seven wins from twenty matches.

But the Claremont Colts side showed a great future for the league side, by defeating Peel Thunder in the Colts Grand Final, by over 8 goals.

Another positive, was that Chad Jones, won the Bernie Naylor Medal, kicking 77 goals.[5]

Club Song

Tigerland is the official club song of the Claremont Football Club.

Lyrics

Oh! We're from Tigerland
A fighting fury, we're from Tigerland
In any weather you will see us with a grin
Risking head and shin
If we're behind then never mind
We'll fight and fight and win
For we're from Tigerland
We never weaken 'til the final siren's gone
Like the Tigers of old, we're strong and we're bold
For we're the Tigers, the old gold and blues
We're from Tigerland

Club Song

Achievements

WAFL Premierships': 10; 1938-40, 1964, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996

Sandover Medalists: 1932: Keith Hough, 1933-34: Sammy Clarke, 1936: George Moloney, 1949: Gordon Maffina, 1967: John Parkinson, 1984: Michael Mitchell/Steve Malaxos, 2005: Jaxon Crabb, 2007: Anthony Jones

All Australians: 1966 & 1969: John McIntosh, 1979 & 1980: Ken Hunter, 1986: Steve Malaxos, 1986; 1985 & 1986: Michael Mitchell

AFL Draftees: 64 (not including rookies)

League Top Goalkickers: 1940: George Moloney (129), 1943: R. Farmer (97), 1976: N. Uncle (91), 1981: Warren Ralph (127), 1982: Warren Ralph (115), 1983: Warren Ralph (128), 1991: J. Hutton (100), 2001: Paul Medhurst (78)

Highest Score: 39.20 (254) vs. Perth at Claremont Oval in round 17 1981

Most Games: 1979 to 1995: Darrell Panizza (274)

Record home attendance: 18,268; May 7, 1983; v. South Fremantle.

Current squad

As of 19 March 2008:

  •   1 Matt De Boer
  •   2 Clancy Rudeforth
  •   3 Marcus Allan
  •   4 Ian Richardson
  •   5 Michael Cousens (vc)
  •   6 Matthew Orzel
  •   7 Ian Rowe
  •   8 Jaxon Crabb
  •   9 Ben Colreavy
  • 12 Anthony Jones (c)
  • 14 Paul Arias
  • 15 Simon Starling
  • 16 Eric MacKenzie (WCE listed)
  • 17 Trinity Handley
  • 18 Andrew Ruck
  • 19 David Crawford
  • 20 Chad Jones (WCE listed)
  • 21 Ryan Gale
  • 22 Troy Carlon
  • 23 Nick Derickx
  • 24 Brandon Franz
 
  • 26 Andrew Browne (FFC listed)
  • 28 Matt Sofoulis
  • 29 Simon Nimmo
  • 31 James Thomson (WCE listed)
  • 32 Nic Chidgzey
  • 34 Lewis Stevenson (WCE rookie listed)
  • 33 Preston O'Keefe
  • 35 Patrick McGinnity (WCE listed)
  • 36 James Staples
  • 38 Henry Roberts
  • 37 Matt Clarke
  • 39 Michael Warren
  • 40 Kane Mitchell
  • 41 Tom Nelson
  • 42 Beau Wilkes (WCE rookie listed)
  • 43 Guy Boudville
  • 44 James Reagan
  • 45 Michael Pracilio
  • 46 Michael Bartley
  • 47 Gabe Orr
  • 48 Tom Willett
 
  • 49 Tom Morrison
  • 52 Justin Wood
  • 53 Jeremy Kennedy
  • 54 James Read
  • 55 Ben Woodall
  • 56 Tim Whyte
  • 57 Todd Nisbett
  • 59 Brett Eades
  • 60 Michael Taylor
  • 61 Scott Walker
  • 62 Tom Ayton
  • 63 Bernard Wearden
  • 64 Tom Kineen
  • 65 Zaphine Skinner
  • 67 David Wright
  • 68 Hudson Wheeler
  • 69 Trent Bennell
  • 70 Darren Slater
  • - Adrian Curley
  • - Byron Schammer (FFC listed)
  • - Brett Jones (WCE listed)
  • - Beau Waters (WCE listed)

Roster Changes for 2009 season

In:

Player From League Date
Australia Luke Blackwell Carlton AFL November 2008

Out:

Player To League Date
Australia Michael Cousens Retired N/A September 2008

See also

References

External links


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