Roach wins cup be­fore timely death

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A pair of Kar­ratha Kats foot­ball play­ers have done their club proud by win­ning the Pil­bara’s most pres­ti­gious cock­roach races, the Kats club’s an­nual cock­roach cup, on Satur­day night.

The club tra­di­tion, now in its 23rd year, saw 62 roaches freshly sourced from Kar­ratha’s finest sew­ers auc­tioned off and raced 220cm in a quest for glory in what has be­come a well-known Pil­bara event and a ma­jor an­nual fundraiser for the Kats.

The $1500 first prize was this year claimed by Kats play­ers Garry Har­ris and Daniel Arthur af­ter their roach Cher­ratta Feed over­came stiff com­pe­ti­tion in the fi­nal to claim the 2017 ti­tle.

The win­ners hon­oured club tra­di­tion by halv­ing and eat­ing their cock­roach with im­pres­sive ef­fi­ciency. Har­ris and Arthur said their com­peti­tor, named for club spon­sor Cher­ratta Lodge, had been “in fine form” all night to give them their first taste of win­ning the cup — and of live roach.

“He was bought with a fool’s chance but that first heat, he just ran straight to the front of the line, and we thought ‘we’re onto a win­ner’,” Arthur said.

“Then it ran away and it took us about five min­utes to catch it . . . some­one al­most stood on it and we al­most would have lost $1500.”

In sec­ond place, win­ning $500 was cock­roach Harambe, bought by Jack­son Davey, while Jesse But­ler’s Chook Lotto came in third.

Kats club mem­ber and cock­roach cup founder Craig Hawkes said he was proud to see what had started as a small-scale her­mit crab race in the play­ers’ chang­e­rooms con­tinue to grow.

“It’s a pop­u­lar thing and it’s one of our main events now, where it helps the club sur­vive,” he said. “All the cock­roaches are named af­ter cur­rent play­ers and spon­sors, so they’re ea­ger to buy their cock­roach.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

2017 cock­roach cup win­ners Daniel Arthur and Garry Har­ris cel­e­brate.

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