Suc­cesses in the re­gion cel­e­brated

We re­visit sport­ing high­lights of the sec­ond half of 2016

Pilbara News - - Sport -

July

The Wick­ham Wolves moved to the top of the NPFL ta­ble with a 94point thrash­ing of Dampier Sharks at Windy Ridge.

Af­ter a late surge, life sup­port for Kar­ratha Fal­cons’ 2016 NPFL sea­son was switched off af­ter they went down to cross-town ri­vals Kar­ratha Kats by 34 points.

Perth driver Hay­den Nor­man won the Nickol Bay Speed­way’s Brett John­son Me­mo­rial stock car meet among a big field of lo­cal and in­trastate drivers.

Youn­galeena Hunters capped off a big week­end of footy in Roe­bourne with a 13.14 (92) to 4.1 (25) grand fi­nal win at the an­nual NAIDOC Foot­ball Car­ni­val.

Dampier Sharks’ Dy­lan McCutcheon played among a rag­tag group of coun­try foot­ballers, which went through un­de­feated at WA Coun­try Foot­ball Week.

Hed­land Hawks fi­nally had a run on their home pad­dock af­ter mul­ti­ple sched­ule changes threw up a last-minute fix­ture against a Kar­ratha Roost­ers out­fit bol­stered with fresh faces. The game proved an 80-minute high­light reel as it see-sawed all night, cul­mi­nat­ing in a block­buster 42-all draw.

Ex­mouth’s fes­ti­val of sport proved a huge hit with kids who were given the op­por­tu­nity to try out a range of dif­fer­ent sports.

Au­gust

Wick­ham Wasps put the ic­ing a huge sea­son of win­ter sport in Wick­ham, win­ning the Pil­bara Rugby League tro­phy in a 24-12 vic­tory over Port Hed­land Hawks.

A com­pe­ti­tion aimed at at­tract­ing more mem­bers to Port Wal­cott Vol­un­teer Ma­rine Ser­vice at­tracted 138 com­peti­tors, re­sult­ing in 45 new so­cial and ac­tive mem­bers join­ing its ranks.

Years of per­sis­tence paid off for team Sim­rad, who were crowned cham­pion cap­ture boat at the King Bay Game Fish­ing Club’s Dampier Clas­sic for 2016.

Kar­ratha Kats made the grand fi­nal af­ter de­feat­ing Wick­ham Wolves in an elec­tri­fy­ing pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal which left every­one guess­ing the re­sult un­til the end.

They then went one bet­ter, tak­ing out the grand fi­nal against the South Hed­land Swans in Hed­land.

Wick­ham Wolves star for­ward Jar­rod Cross topped a spec­tac­u­lar sea­son by win­ning the fairest and best player and top goal­kicker awards of the North Pil­bara Foot­ball League at the De Grey Medal pre­sen­ta­tion.

Dampier Sharks player Ryan Turner and Kar­ratha Fal­cons’ Vic­tor Bel­loti both notched up their 100th games in the NPFL.

Septem­ber

Kar­ratha Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion was in­un­dated with in­ter­est from more than 500 young play­ers to take part in the 2016-17 sea­son.

Luke Leech won the The Nickol Bay Sport­fish­ing Club’s an­nual fam­ily day.

Dampier Sharks’ Ju­nior Year 6/7 team claimed the premier­ship in its divi­sion af­ter an im­pres­sive 55point grand fi­nal win over fierce op­po­nents the Wick­ham Wolves.

Kar­ratha Se­nior High School stu­dent Mikayla Thomas was se­lected to com­plete Year 12 with the in­de­pen­dent and in­dus­try­based Sports Ed­u­ca­tion and Devel­op­ment Aus­tralia Col­lege in Perth this year.

West Aus­tralian win­g­less cham­pion Tom Payet over­came his Aus­tralian No.1 ri­val Daniel Har­ti­gan to claim Nickol Bay Speed­way’s win­g­less event ti­tle.

Oc­to­ber

Kar­ratha’s best BMX tal­ent came home from the State cham­pi­onships with 15 tro­phies and awards to add to their ballooning tro­phy cab­i­net.

Kar­ratha’s ju­nior soc­cer teams were stand-out per­form­ers at the 2016 Foot­ball West QBE coun­try week in Perth, in par­tic­u­lar the un­der-11 team, who were named cham­pi­ons of their divi­sion af­ter beat­ing Peel 2-1 in a tough grand fi­nal match.

The Kar­ratha Wa­ter Polo As­so­ci­a­tion was named the best in the State for a third con­sec­u­tive year at the Wa­ter Polo WA SunS­mart as­so­ci­a­tion of the year awards.

The Dampier Sharks Foot­ball Club farewelled club stal­wart and league coach Kris­tian “Dicko” Dic­ton, who took on a new job with the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion in the Mid West.

Novem­ber

The West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion grabbed a coun­try cup berth af­ter downing Hed­land and Fortes­cue sides which had trav­elled to Kar­ratha for the com­pe­ti­tion.

In lo­cal cricket, the Pegs Creek Crabs claimed a sur­prise win in the T20 fi­nal over the Kar­ratha Kats. The Kats came home strong but a cool-headed bowl­ing dis­play in the fi­nal overs curbed the Kats’ charge.

The Shire of Ash­bur­ton and City of Kar­ratha both hosted their an­nual sports awards.

In Ash­bur­ton, Tom Price BMX Club had two wins, with Phil Ker­ri­son win­ning coach of the year and Tobi Rush­brook tak­ing home the ju­nior sports star award.

De­cem­ber

Crack Jack Pad­dle Sports owner Ja­clyn Ni­choll headed south to com­pete in the King of the Cut, the big­gest SUP race in Aus­tralia. Ni­choll fin­ished eighth in her class and 82nd over­all.

Pil­bara Rugby League an­nounced an over­haul of the ju­nior game, which will see all teams com­pet­ing un­der one ban­ner with the prom­ise of more game time and ball in hand.

Sev­eral young mem­bers of the Kar­ratha BMX Club were cho­sen to rep­re­sent West Aus­tralian teams in 2017.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha BMX rid­ers So­phie Tay­lor, 12, Jack­son Tatham, 15, and Ash­lyn Keremele­vich, 11.

Pic­ture: Rob Skin­ner

Craig Ni­cholas, Mick McMullen, Richie Hesle­wood, Marcus Tutt and Chris Lewis won the KDEBA eight ball com­pe­ti­tion.

Crabs pace­man Daniel Carse beats the edge of Dayanand Gawade.

Pic­ture: Ja­clyn Ni­choll

Ja­clyn Ni­choll prac­tises around the Dampier Ar­chi­pel­ago ahead of King of the Cut.

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