Polo player (15) plays for the na­tion

Fremantle Gazette - - SPORT -

SOUTH Fre­man­tle’s Mar­lion Pick­ett and East Fre­man­tle’s Ge­orge Hamp­son have claimed their club’s cov­eted 2018 best and fairest medals.

Hamp­son took out East Fre­man­tle’s Lynn Medal with 60 votes ahead of a late-surg­ing Jonathon Marsh, who fin­ished sec­ond on 47 votes and third­placed Dy­lan Win­ton.

Cameron Lo­er­sch was a dual win­ner, claim­ing both the ris­ing star and lead­ing goal­kicker awards, while Lachy Bai­ley’s com­mit­ment to the club and com­mu­nity saw him take home both the club­man and com­mu­nity awards.

In the re­serves, Zach Jack­son won the Henry Jef­frey Medal on 41 votes, while colt Corey Robin­son took out the Len An­der­son Medal with a huge 127 votes.

Across town, South Fre­man­tle’s Pick­ett capped off a suc­cess­ful move into the mid­field by win­ning the WJ Hughes Medal.

Pick­ett took out the award ahead of last year’s win­ner Haiden Schloithe and for­mer Fre­man­tle Docker Nick Suban.

In other awards, Adam McIn­tosh won best club­man, Shaun Bewick was named player of the fi­nals and Ma­son Shaw took out the lead­ing goal­kicker award .

Noah Strom was named best first-year player.

Re­serves player Trent Reed won the Roy McGuin­ness Medal, while colt En­rique Aiken-Feather­stone re­ceived the Dave In­gra­ham Memo­rial Medal.

East Fre­man­tle also an­nounced Bill Mon­aghan had signed as the se­nior coach for the next three sea­sons. He said he was look­ing for­ward to get­ting started with the team.

“It will be im­por­tant that we con­tin­u­ously strive for im­prove­ment in all ar­eas as to push our way back up the lad­der,” he said. “This will only be achieved with a united and com­mit­ted group of play­ers and coaches bound by strong val­ues and be­hav­iours.

“As we look for­ward, there will be many op­por­tu­ni­ties for the group, but suc­cess will only be achieved through hard work and sac­ri­fice.

“I be­lieve that ev­ery mem­ber, sup­porter, spon­sor and fam­ily mem­ber should come to games be­liev­ing we can win.” Carder, Jar­ryd McPhee and Zach Fer­ris took two apiece.

Fre­man­tle needed only four bats­men and 35 overs to chase down the to­tal, Carder top scor­ing with 58.

Sun­day’s game against Wil­let­ton wasn’t quite as suc­cess­ful as Fre­man­tle fell 14 runs short of vic­tory.

Wil­let­ton chose to bat first and steadily worked the ball around the field to fin­ish their overs at a healthy 9-191. THE Fre­man­tle Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is re­ceiv­ing a makeover with the an­nounce­ment of a new pavil­ion.

The $1.8 mil­lion project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by April next year.

Bic­ton MLA Lisa O’Mal­ley said she was look­ing for­ward to see­ing the new fa­cil­i­ties.

“The fa­cil­i­ties were built over 60 years ago, so it’s high time for an up­grade,” she said.

“These up­grades will en­sure our com­mu­nity is able to at­tend matches more com­fort­ably, with bet­ter

Banned Aus­tralian crick­eter Cameron Ban­croft top scored for Wil­let­ton with 44 runs, while Fre­man­tle’s Ben­jamin Moore did most of the dam­age with the ball, tak­ing 4-25.

Fre­man­tle’s chase started poorly with the loss of Sam White­man for just two runs, but a mid­dle or­der fight back led by Matthew Mi­cale (31 runs) Carder (28) and Bray­den Sut­ton (27) helped drag them back into the game. park­ing, bet­ter seat­ing for spec­ta­tors and bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties for play­ers.

“Ac­cess to se­cure

Fre­man­tle needed 14 runs off the last four balls of the match when they lost their fi­nal wicket and handed Wil­let­ton the win.

The dou­ble header one­day games con­tinue for Fre­man­tle this week­end with matches against Clare­mont Ned­lands at Stevens Re­serve on Oc­to­ber 13 and Joon­dalup at Iluka Sport Com­plex on Oc­to­ber 14.

In the SMCA’s open­ing round one-day matches, a half-cen­tury to Phoenix’s change rooms and toi­lets is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for fe­male play­ers, so I’m pleased lo­cal play­ers will be well Ja­cob John­son helped his team de­feat the SJ Blues by 22 runs, while a huge 89-run in­nings from Cock­burn’s Luke Smith was the stand­out in their 112 run win over Hilton-Palmyra.

East Fre­man­tle also notched up a win, beat­ing Bic­ton At­tadale by 90 runs.

Round 2 SMCA ac­tion on Oc­to­ber 13 has East Fre­man­tle host­ing Phoenix and Cock­burn play­ing away against Leem­ing Spar­tan. AGE is no ob­sta­cle for Olivia Bol­ing­broke, who at 15 years old is trav­el­ling to the other side of the world to show off her polo skills.

The Ser­pen­tine Polo Club mem­ber was one of just a hand­ful of young play­ers se­lected to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in a polo ex­hi­bi­tion match at this year’s Youth Olympics in Buenos Aries, Ar­gentina.

De­spite rid­ing horses her whole life, Olivia said she only be­gan play­ing polo two years ago.

“I have grown up with my par­ents play­ing polo and from a young age I have helped with horses and groomed at polo,” she said.

“I en­joy it so much be­cause of the horses, you get to change horses each chukka (pe­riod) and once you start hit­ting the lit­tle white ball, it is very ad­dic­tive.”

She said she was look­ing for­ward to play­ing in a coun­try fa­mous for the sport.

“Ar­gentina is the num­ber one cap­i­tal of polo, it is where the best of the best play and where 40 goal polo is played,” she said.

“I was lucky to be cho­sen from WA to rep­re­sent the youths in polo and I think I will get a lot out of this ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I want to thank the Western Aus­tralia Polo As­so­ci­a­tion for their sup­port; I feel very priv­i­leged to have this op­por­tu­nity.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion match will be held on Oc­to­ber 10. catered to.”

Fre­man­tle MLA Si­mone McGurk said more than 5000 girls play at Gib­son Park ev­ery Satur­day.

“These up­grades are an in­vest­ment in cre­at­ing strong, con­fi­dent and healthy young women in our com­mu­nity,” she said.

Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray said the new pavil­ion will pro­vide huge ben­e­fits to grass­roots net­ball.

“What bet­ter club to demon­strate the ben­e­fits of pro­vid­ing qual­ity lo­cal fa­cil­i­ties than the Fre­man­tle Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion.”

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