WAFL: depth key for Claremont Tigers in 2019

Claremont’s Declan Mountford in training for this season. Picture: Mochael O’Brien
Claremont’s Declan Mountford in training for this season. Picture: Mochael O’Brien

CLAREMONT Tigers football manager Kepler Bradley says his new midfield is the key to their success in WAFL season 2019.

“I think our mid-field is strong, as we have added to it with new recruits Declan Mountford, Callum England and Harry McCraken,” Bradley said.

Claremont made some waves in the finals last year until the senior team was knocked out of the semi final by West Perth and the reserves were defeated in their preliminary final against eventual premiers Subiaco.

The club has previously won the Western Australian Football league (WAFL) on 12 occasions, in 1938, 1939, 1940, 1964, 1981, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 2011, 2012.

Mr Bradley said keeping the team members as fit as possible would be needed this season.

“We’ve shortened our distance running, and instead of doing kilometres we do short, sharp 150m to 180m sprints,” he said.

He said the side’s greatest strength lay within its ability draw new talent from its own ranks.

“We’ve had a bit of a philosophy, from previous football manager Darcey Coffey, that we recruit home-grown guys back into the football team, so that we can at the end of the year we will raise that competition-winning cup,” he said.

Claremont will kick off their 2019 campaign at home against East Fremantle from 2.15pm April 6.