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Flags a way of life for Tigers
Claremont pair Aaron Holt, left, and Brad Nisbett. Pic: Lincoln Baker/WA News

Claremont's Brad Nisbett has only 13 league games to his name but has already tasted more than his fair share of success.

Nisbett is one of three Claremont players who have ended each of the past four seasons with a premiership medal.

His fairytale run began with the colts premiership in 2009 and continued in the past two seasons at reserves level before culminating in league success with victory over East Fremantle in the grand final on Sunday.

The same path to league success was followed by Aaron Holt, while Gerrick Weedon played in last year's league premiership instead of the reserves.

"Initially the colts was probably the best one because we hadn't won a colts premiership in a long time," Nisbett said at the Tigers' Mad Monday celebrations yesterday.

"We had a real strong, tight team and everyone down at the club were real good mates. But that win we had on Sunday was equal to the colts."

Claremont spearhead Chad Jones will require more surgery on his troublesome hamstring as he attempts to win a hat-trick of flags next year. Jones intends to play on but confirmed he needed surgery to remove scar tissue in the hamstring he ripped off his pelvis two years ago.

The WAFL's leading current goal kicker, who took the best part of a year to fully recover from the hamstring tear late in 2010, believes Claremont are ideally placed to win a third straight premiership.

"I'm keen to go around again and I'm sure we can do it again next year," Jones said. "But I need to have a clean-up in the hammy. I've been battling a bit in the past few weeks."

Captain Andrew Browne, who missed Sunday's grand final with hamstring trouble, also intends to play on.

Browne, 28, filled a mentoring role on the interchange bench on Sunday after failing a fitness test on the hamstring he damaged during the second semifinal.

But Simpson Medal winner Paul Medhurst is likely to call an end to a career that also snared him a Bernie Naylor Medal and successful spells at Fremantle and Collingwood.

"That's more than likely going to be it for me so to go out on a high, I don't think you can go out any better way," Medhurst said.

East Fremantle veterans Leith Teakle and Luke Weller played their last games in the grand final after long stints with the club which included some of its darkest days.

Teakle was part of the teams that finished on the bottom for the only times in club history in 2004 and 2006, but remained loyal to the Sharks.

He said the reality of retirement was yet to hit home.

"Probably when pre-season starts and I'm just not a part of it, it will sink in a bit more," Teakle said.

"We certainly didn't make a big deal about it (the retirements). It was business as usual and all about the team.

"I'll probably get a bit emotional at the Lynn Medal count when they send us off."

The West Australian

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