TOP TEAMS TO CLASH Top guns share hon­ours


Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT - Neale Har­vey

Star golfer Con­nor Fewkes and clay-tar­get cham­pion Royce Norm­ing­ton were last night named joint se­nior win­ners at the an­nual Hahn Elec­tri­cal Gold­fields Sports Star of the Year Awards.

It was the first time since the awards were res­ur­rected in 2002 that two ath­letes had shared the hon­our.

In Septem­ber, Fewkes cruised to an 11-shot vic­tory in the Gold­fields Ju­nior Desert Open.

It oc­curred just weeks af­ter the State team mem­ber eas­ily de­fended his Gold­fields Golf Club cham­pi­onship.

Fewkes’ win at the Aus­tralian Boys’ Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships in April guar­an­teed him a place along­side the elite play­ers con­test­ing this year’s Aus­tralian Open.

The left-han­der fin­ished that event two shots clear at the top of the leader­board and he also cap­tained the State boys’ team at the Aus­tralian Ju­nior In­ter­state Se­ries.

Norm­ing­ton is a 16-year vet­eran in his sport who in April of­fi­cially be­com­ing the fourth-best trap shooter in the world.

He emerged from the world cham­pi­onships in Wagga Wagga equal third with Vic­to­rian Steve Atkins, which forced a shoot-off.

The shoot-off fea­tured 25-tar­get rounds un­til some­one missed.

In an epic bat­tle, 175 tar­gets flew be­fore Norm­ing­ton dropped a shot and Atkins grabbed third place.

Norm­ing­ton is fol­low­ing the path of his fa­ther Mark, who is an Eastern Gold­fields Clay Tar­get Club life mem­ber.

His for­ma­tive years in the sport were spent tag­ging along with his dad at the club’s old range off Hannan Street, where the City Of Kal- goor­lie-Boul­der of­fices are now sit­u­ated. Also last night, Fewkes and bril­liant eight ball ex­po­nent Jasely-Jean Dimer were joint win­ners of the 2018 ris­ing star award.

In June, Dimer’s dra­matic rise con­tin­ued at the ju­nior world cham­pi­onships in Eng­land when he was of­fi­cially crowned among the very sport.

The 18-year-old cap­tained Aus­tralia in Black­pool af­ter star­ring at the same ti­tles last year on his in­ter­na­tional de­but.

Aus­tralia fin­ished as the teams run­ners-up be­hind even­tual world cham­pi­ons Eng­land af­ter drop­ping the fi­nal, 13-9. Dimer was best in the fourth in the out­right world seed­ings and named in the World Team.

Four lo­cal stal­warts were hon­oured in the ser­vice to sport cat­e­gory.

They were Graeme Davis (Gold­fields Foot­ball League Um­pires’ As­so­ci­a­tion); Rikki-Lee Rigby (hockey); Robyn Fowler (net­ball, T-ball, base­ball) and Ed­die Wright (hockey). Ath­let­ics and swim­ming star Evan Lowin-Bock won the per­son with a dis­abil­ity award and hockey player Judy Bailiff won the mas­ters sports star award.

Eastern Gold­fields Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion’s Year 7-8 girls rep­re­sen­ta­tive line-up were judged team of the year.

Con­nor Fewkes Royce Norm­ing­ton


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