The Claremont Women’s Football Club has had an incredible transformation this season set up by the tireless efforts of those that have been involved in the club throughout its 30 year history. This year marks the inaugural year as the Tigers, resting the much loved Piranha after 29 outstanding years. This year also marks 30 years of the Western Australian Women’s Football League with the CWFC fielding an inaugural team in all three divisions.
Patrick Litherland took on the role as Head Coach with the support of Charmaine Rogers, Bryan Bennington, Edward Beck for the senior teams and Emily Johnston and Bronte Ryan working together with the Rogers Cup team.
The 2017 pre season started in November 2016 and saw many familiar faces as well as a remarkable increase of fresh new ones attending the sessions. After many years of fluctuating player numbers and struggling to outfit two senior teams, the exposure of this year’s first AFLW season coupled with the increased support of women’s sport in general has helped raise the profile of the CWFC and women’s football as a whole.
In June 2017 the Tigers played a home game at the brand new Claremont Football Club Facility for the first time since 2013. This was a momentous occasion for all current players, coaches and support staff as well as all past members as it cemented a permanent home for the club.
New sponsors Maxima, Chandler Macleod, Oceaneer Marine Brokers, The Game Sports Bar and Surf Online Safe came on board and generously supported the club this season as we went from strength to strength. The league team made it’s first finals appearance in 13 years and the Rogers Cup side continued their strong presence in the finals.
For the first time, the club had a team of sports trainers with Chris Goonewardene from Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont and Rebecca Yip from Aubin Grove Physiotherapy working closely with Aisling Dempsey, our Head Trainer, to provide much needed support to all players on and off the field. All three teams also had wonderful managers who tirelessly worked behind the scenes to ensure every game day ran smoothly.
This year the club had 13 WA State Representatives in the U15s, U18s and U23s squads as well as a number of coaches working at Talent Academy and State levels. The future of the club is looking bright as Claremont players are stamping their position in the competition.
The contribution of our volunteers ranging from the committee members, physiotherapists, coaching staff, trainers and managers has enabled the 2017 season to run extremely smoothly ensuring that all members have the best support. It has certainly been an extremely successful year for the Claremont Women’s Football Club both on and off the field and we are looking forward to carrying on our proud history into 2018 and beyond.