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