Team and solo achieve­ments make year a block­buster

The Pil­bara News looks back at the tri­als and tribu­la­tions on the re­gion’s sport­ing field in 2015.

Pilbara News - - Sport -

Jan­uary

Swim­mers from across the Pil­bara took the long jour­ney to Perth for the Sun­Smart Coun­try Cham­pi­onships at HBF Sta­dium.

Kar­ratha Swim­ming Club had five chil­dren swim­ming over a to­tal of 11 events, all of whom achieved at least one per­sonal best.

West Pil­bara and Fortes­cue cricket teams also re­turned from a suc­cess­ful trip to Perth to com­pete in WA coun­try week.

West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion 1 won four of their five matches in divi­sion gold.

WPCA 2 and Fortes­cue Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion also lost just one match in their divi­sion.

Fe­bru­ary

The Kar­ratha Vir­tual Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim record was won by lo­cal res­i­dents af­ter an im­pres­sive five-hour ef­fort from the AM Strug­gle Street team beat the pre­vi­ous best by more than two min­utes.

Jayde Mot­tram, Tris­tan Lynn, Janyce Craw­ford and Aaron Bowkett ended the trav­esty of Port Hed­land hold­ing the record from last year, com­plet­ing the race in a time of 5hr 9min. 28sec.

Six­teen-year-old Kar­ratha stu­dent Tahlia Briggs was awarded a bronze medal at the Aus­tralian se­nior selections event for the Taek­wondo World Cham­pi­onships at the AIS com­bat cen­tre in Can­berra.

March

Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion’s sea­son came to an ex­cit­ing close, with the Pi­rates and Barracudas fin­ish­ing with a win in their re­spec­tive men’s and women’s grand fi­nals.

Kar­ratha’s Cy­clones took three teams down to coun­try week in Perth at the start of the month and topped the women’s divi­sion 3 league.

Mo­tocross was back in the Pil­bara as more than 30 rid­ers kicked up the dirt on the re­vamped Kar­ratha mo­tocross track at the week­end.

Daniel Harding won the in­au­gu­ral City of Kar­ratha Sprint­car Stam­pede in a race in which a field of 12 was whit­tled down to three by the fi­nal lap, much to the en­ter­tain­ment of more than 3000 spectators.

April

The Pegs Creek Crabs went from last sea­son’s bot­tom-feed­ers to dual pre­miers in the West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s Twenty20 and 40-over for­mats.

Kar­ratha’s Northwest Open swim­ming cham­pi­onships at­tracted 189 swim­mers from 10 clubs at the Leisure­plex.

May

As­pir­ing Wick­ham boxer Daniel Stu­art, 17, hit an­other ma­jor mile­stone on his quest to be­ing crowned Com­mon­wealth cham­pion by be­com­ing the Aus­tralian youth 81kg cham­pion.

Ju­nior soc­cer kicked off in Kar­ratha, with hun­dreds of six to 17year-olds play­ing across six teams­from Dampier, Kar­ratha and Wick­ham.

June

■ The Roe­bourne race­track sprang back to life, with more than 300 lo­cals flock­ing to the Nor West Jockey Club for the open­ing race on Cul­ture and Tourism Day.

The fea­ture race was taken out this year by Flir­ta­tious, rid­den by jockey Kate Fitzger­ald. ■ Bur­rup Moun­tain Bike Club hosted the gru­elling Doc­tor Bayn­ton’s Six-Hour Rem­edy Moun­tain Bike Race at the Kar­ratha BMX track.

A field of 126 rid­ers took to the course, which con­sisted of a 10.5km loop through a mix of sin­gle track and four-wheel-drive trails in the Bayn­ton Hills.

July

South Hed­land Swans won an emo­tion-charged match against the Wick­ham Wolves by 33 points in Wick­ham at the week­end. Both teams played with heavy hearts af­ter a mem­ber of the Alec fam­ily died play­ing foot­ball in Roe­bourne the pre­vi­ous week­end.

Au­gust

■ The first of 22 rounds of the Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s new sea­son be­gan.

The Beavers started their 2015-16 cam­paign with a 24-14 win against the Goat Trouts. ■ North Pil­bara Foot­ball League pre­miers of 2014 the Kar­ratha Kats bowed out in their must-win last game of the reg­u­lar sea­son against the South Hed­land Swans.

Septem­ber

The suc­cess-starved South Hed­land Swans claimed a hard­fought 25-point grand fi­nal win over the Dampier Sharks to end one of North Pil­bara Foot­ball League’s long­est premier­ship droughts.

Kar­ratha stu­dent Tahlia Briggs, 17, re­turned from Jakarta with some ex­tra bling to add to her tro­phy cab­i­net af­ter her bronze medal-ef­fort at the G1 Taek­wondo In­done­sian Open.

Oc­to­ber

■ Kar­ratha speed­ster Nick Rowe, 17, claimed his maiden speed­car podium with a win at Syd­ney’s Valvo­line Race­way on Oc­to­ber 3.

Matt Her­bert claimed the Brett John­son Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for the se­cond year in a row at the Nickol Bay Speed­way. ■ Parabur­doo Mo­tor­cy­cle As­so­ci­a­tion called on the com­mu­nity to do­nate to their on­line cam­paign to erect a fence around the mo­tocross track.

Novem­ber

■ An­glers hit creeks around Nickol Bay tar­get­ing highly prized barramundi for the fi­nal ma­jor fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion of the year.

Josh Stan­ley and Team Fos won King Bay Game Fish­ing Club’s catch-and-re­lease es­tu­ary chal­lenge com­pe­ti­tion.

A pair of girls showed up the adults with a string of record catches off the Kar­ratha coast.

Eleven-year-old Ella Day and 15year-old Mikayla Lan­nary gained na­tional catch records with a 4.42kg whaler shark and 379.75kg tiger shark. ■ Three Kar­ratha-based women fin­ished in the top 10 of their cat­e­gories at the Cape to Cape MTB chal­lenge.

Amanda Ewin led the Pil­bara con­tin­gent and was se­cond in the women’s 40-49-year-old cat­e­gory in a time of 11hr 0min. 34sec.

Janyce Craw­ford was sixth in the women’s 50 to 59-year-old group and Tracey Chapman was sev­enth in the open women’s sec­tion.

De­cem­ber

■ A three-point dag­ger in the last 20 sec­onds of play put the Car­di­nals up by a point to deal the Thun­der the first loss of their sea­son in the men’s B-grade bas­ket­ball com­pe­ti­tion. ■ In Parabur­doo, foot­baller Adam Gille­spie and soft­baller Pet­rina Inje were named sports­man and woman of the year, while Melissa Sci­afe was named top coach for her work in tee­ball.

Tom Price’s win­ners in­cluded wa­ter polo player Ma­son Watts for the sports­man ti­tle, net­baller Liza­Jane Soft­ley for the sportswoman ti­tle and Sally King for the coach ti­tle.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Car­di­nals’ Kael Wayne Neill and Heats’ Nathan Baker have their eyes on the ball as they jos­tle to catch a shot.

Matthew Peaker and Colin Stan­nard at the Nickol Bay Speed­way.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Driv­ers were fig­u­ra­tively, and at times lit­er­ally, on fire.

Pic­ture: Court­ney Fowler.

Mem­bers of the Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion.

Pic­ture: Peter de Krui­jff

South Hed­land Swans’ Jesse Simp­son em­braces An­thony Kyanga as the side cel­e­brate se­cur­ing a home grand fi­nal.

Shasher Singh blasts a ball to the bound­ary for the Bayn­ton Lions.

Matt, 11, Ben and Sam Arnold show off some of their haul from the King Brey Open.

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