Tigers on new turf

Sam Fong and Tom Taylor in the Claremont Oval clubrooms. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d407278
Sam Fong and Tom Taylor in the Claremont Oval clubrooms. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d407278

The Tigers, who lost by 63 points, will call the Claremont Showground home for at least the next season-and-a-half.

Claremont FC chief executive Todd Shimmon said the club would lease the facility from the Royal Agricultural Society and use its buildings as clubrooms.

‘It’s about looking after our members, who told us they wanted to stay inside the district,’ Mr Shimmon said.

‘We had a game there in 2005 and got 8000 people there, so it’s (the ground) been part of our history.’

Mr Shimmon said the rebuild at Claremont Oval would take between 15 and 18 months.

RAS chief executive Martin Molony said the club could call the showground home for the next two years.

‘It’s a community gesture, not a commercial deal ” it’s a very good deal for both parties,’ Mr Molony said.

‘It will keep the football near the train line and there’s plenty of parking.’

League player Tom Taylor (21) said it would be sad to say goodbye to Claremont Oval because it held a lot of history.

‘But it will be nice to see some new clubrooms,’ the Claremont resident said.