Tigers are home at last

Western Suburbs Weekly - - WesternOpinion -

CLARE­MONT chris­tened its re­de­vel­oped home ground with a nar­row vic­tory over East Fre­man­tle on Satur­day.

The Tigers fought hard un­til the fi­nal siren to take down the win­less Sharks in a nail-bit­ing three-point win.

3500 fans piled into the state-of-the-art ground, of­fi­cially opened by Sport and Re­cre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray and Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett, along with Clare­mont Foot­ball Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Graham Moss.

“Out­side some AFL clubs, no foot­ball club in Aus­tralia has fa­cil­i­ties like this,” Mr Bar­nett said to the crowd.

Fire­works and the Scotch Pipe Band were also part of the fam­ily fun day, which marked the first game at Clare­mont Oval since Septem­ber 2013.

The Tigers led nar­rowly at both the first and sec­ond changes be­fore in­creas­ing their mar­gin to 17 points by three quar­ter time.

A late surge from the Sharks sent a warn­ing to the home ground favourites, but they man­aged to get over the line 14.11 (95) to 14.8 (92).

Clare­mont will host Swan Dis­tricts at their new fa­cil­ity on Satur­day in Round 13.

Pic­ture: MM Pho­tog­ra­phy (Murilo Mat­tos)

A big crowd packed the new sta­dium.

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