New fa­cil­i­ties trans­late on field

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stadiums In The Spotlight - Claremont Oval - By KRISTIE LIM

CLARE­MONT Foot­ball Club’s new clu­b­rooms at its $15.5 mil­lion re­de­vel­oped home ground at Clare­mont Oval have im­proved the play­ers’ per­for­mances on field, ac­cord­ing to chief ex­ec­u­tive Gra­ham Moss.

More than 3500 fans watched the Tigers re­turn to their tra­di­tional home ground on June 10 af­ter spend­ing four years at Clare­mont Show­grounds.

Clare­mont Oval has a 600seat grand­stand with stand­ing and view­ing ar­eas for an­other 600 peo­ple, func­tion fa­cil­i­ties and home and away chang­e­rooms.

The Tigers sit just out­side of the top five in sixth place on the WA Foot­ball League (WAFL) lad­der and have won three out of four games played at Clare­mont Oval.

Moss said the large warm-up area and a ded­i­cated strength and con­di­tion­ing fa­cil­ity helped the play­ers build their phys­i­cal­ity.

“There is no doubt that the new fa­cil­i­ties have had a ma­jor in­flu­ence on the per­for­mance of the play­ers be­ing in a home and true club en­vi­ron­ment which they have not ex­pe­ri­enced in the last three years,” he said.

“I think they have suf­fered, par­tic­u­larly this year, by be­ing prob­a­bly not as phys­i­cally strong as some of the op­po­si­tion be­cause of the fact that the op­po­si­tion have their own ded­i­cated strength and train­ing fa­cil­ity.

“Our goal is to ob­vi­ously win more games of foot­ball to ob­vi­ously qual­ify for fi­nals and go on to even­tu­ally win pre­mier­ships, so hav­ing our own fa­cil­ity helps in that re­gard.”

Moss said the club was 91 years old and hoped to stay at Clare­mont Oval for an­other 90 years.

Tigers mid­fielder and San­dover medal­list Jye Bolton said the fa­cil­i­ties felt like “home” to the play­ers.

“We have ob­vi­ously pulled in a few more fans at games so it gives us a lit­tle bit more of a club feel, es­pe­cially af­ter games where we go up and see mem­bers,” he said.

Clare­mont Mayor Jock Barker said the new clu­b­rooms were a wel­come ad­di­tion to the recre­ational precinct of Clare­mont.

“I know I speak for many lo­cal fans when I say we look for­ward to watch­ing plenty of win­ning matches from the im­pres­sive new grand­stand,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d471743

Clare­mont Foot­ball Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Gra­ham Moss with play­ers Ryan Lim, Jye Bolton and Bai­ley Ban­field in the new chang­e­rooms.

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