Cheers to Tav­ern­ers’ gong suc­cess

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Dampier Tav­ern­ers have won the cov­eted sports group of the year award at the an­nual Com­mu­nity Sports Awards for the City of Kar­ratha.

It was a full house at the Leisure­plex last Fri­day night, as sev­eral lo­cal le­gends were hon­oured for their com­mit­ment to the games they love.

Tav­ern­ers pres­i­dent Matthew Watkins said he was sur­prised to hear the Tav­ern­ers’ name called out on the night.

“I am a bit shocked, ac­tu­ally,” he said. “We were only talking a cou­ple of weeks ago about nom­i­nat­ing.

“A lot of hard work has been done over the past two years to set our club up to where it is to­day.

“We have about 30 guys on the books, so with shift work we get about 13 down each week, which is healthy for us.”

Other big win­ners in­cluded 2017 NPFL De Grey medal­list Tim Ren­ton and Jes­sica Ceighton, who won sports­man and sportswoman of the year.

Vol­un­teer of the year Nicki Ralph gave an emo­tional speech af­ter ac­cept­ing her award, high­light­ing the rea­sons she was nom­i­nated.

Ralph said ev­ery­thing she did was for the chil­dren, and con­grat­u­lated Port Wal­cott Surf Life Sav­ing Club for its suc­cess af­ter only a few years of op­er­a­tion.

The night was hosted by Aus­tralian hockey leg­end Ric Charlesworth, who pre­sented the awards af­ter sur­viv­ing an en­ter­tain­ing ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion with lo­cal hockey guru Steve Cook.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Dampier Tav­ern­ers cricket team won sports club of the year. BELOW: Haki Harcourt, Ric Charlesworth and Aly­cia Bue­naflor.

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