Successes in the region celebrated
We revisit sporting highlights of the second half of 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Karratha BMX riders Sophie Taylor, 12, Jackson Tatham, 15, and Ashlyn Keremelevich, 11.
Craig Nicholas, Mick McMullen, Richie Heslewood, Marcus Tutt and Chris Lewis won the KDEBA eight ball competition.
Jaclyn Nicholl practises around the Dampier Archipelago ahead of King of the Cut.