No place like home ground for team

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

AF­TER three years away, the boys at Clare­mont Foot­ball Club can­not wait to be back play­ing on home turf.

De­spite hav­ing re­lo­cated only a cou­ple of hun­dred me­tres away at the Clare­mont Show­ground for the past few sea­sons, new Clare­mont coach Dar­ren Har­ris said his team was ea­ger to play at the new and im­proved Clare­mont Oval.

“We had our first train­ing ses­sion there a few weeks ago and there was such a great level of en­ergy and ex­cite­ment,” Har­ris said.

“It was a real in­di­ca­tor to me just how much the ground means to the boys and it was great to see.

“Play­ing at home doesn’t just mean win­ning but it gives (the team) a good boost, which helps.”

The first game at Clare­mont Oval is sched­uled for late May to al­low the ad­ja­cent grand­stand and club to be com­pleted.

“It’s all com­ing to­gether re­ally well,” the for­mer West Coast and Gee­long as­sis­tant coach said.

“The clu­b­rooms look great; there’ll be a player’s lounge, gym, med­i­cal suites and a cafe. The staff won’t know them­selves. It’s not only great for the club, but for the com­mu­nity as well.”

Town of Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker said the new ground would not only be a great as­set to the WA Foot­ball League but the area as well.

“Ar­chi­tec­turally it looks ter­rific. The grand­stand will seat a lot more peo­ple and a lot more com­fort­ably too,” he said.

“Hope­fully it’ll give (Clare­mont) a good crack at the flag.”

Har­ris, who coached West Perth be­fore tak­ing up AFL as­sis­tant coach­ing roles at the West Coast Ea­gles and Gee­long, said he was pleased with his new team’s 62point win over East Fre­man­tle in round 1.

“We lost both our pre-sea­son games, and East Freo kicked the first four, so it was good to come away with a win,” he said.

“Our de­fence was re­ally good and our pres­sure as well, and we were re­ally happy with the spread of con­trib­u­tors.

“We had this week­end off and now fo­cus on play­ing against Perth, who has won the last four out of six games against us.

“It’s a chal­lenge we’re look­ing for­ward to.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d466891

Clare­mont cap­tain Jake Mur­phy and new coach Dar­ren Har­ris with the new grand­stand in the back­ground.

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