Clubs, ath­letes get the year off to sen­sa­tional start

2018 was a big year for Broome sports, from new teams com­ing into the fold to lo­cal ath­letes shin­ing bright on the na­tional and world stage. Carly Laden looks back on the big­gest sports news in the first half of the year.

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JAN­UARY Home­town hero

For­mer Broome Bar­racuda Zac Incerti was adamant he was ready for the fast lane at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games in the Gold Coast af­ter watch­ing Aus­tralia’s shock 4x100m re­lay vic­tory over the US at the 2000 Syd­ney Olympics.

Fris­bee sib­lings

Broome sib­lings Seth and Sage Lovell were se­lected to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia in the men’s and women’s un­der-20 squads at the World Ju­nior Ul­ti­mate Cham­pi­onships in Canada. It was the sec­ond suc­ces­sive time they were se­lected for the tour­na­ment.

Swimming suc­cess

The Broome Bar­racu­das wasted lit­tle time prov­ing them­selves against fierce com­pe­ti­tion in Perth af­ter a 14-mem­ber squad took home 38 medals in the 2018 WA SunS­mart Coun­try Cham­pi­onships. FE­BRU­ARY

Hol­i­day fun

Broome’s up and com­ing bas­ket­ballers got a chance to show their tal­ents and beat school hol­i­day bore­dom in a ju­nior bas­ket­ball car­ni­val held at Broome PCYC. It was the first event to show­case the up­graded bas­ket­ball hoops at the PCYC bas­ket­ball courts.

Ah Chee came home

Derby prod­uct Bren­don Ah Chee looked to make a fresh start with the West Coast Ea­gles af­ter re­turn­ing to his home State through a trade by Port Ade­laide.

Young ath­lete shined

All-round ath­lete Stephen Carson was set to carry the weight of Broome on his shoul­ders at the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Syd­ney af­ter a tremen­dous show­ing at the WA State Cham­pi­onships.

Sprint tri­als

Lo­cal foot­ballers with AFL dreams were put through their paces in a trial ses­sion for the Kim­ber­ley Spirit un­der-19s team, headed by newly ap­pointed head coach Clint Ernst.

MARCH Ban­field had a crack

Broome’s Bai­ley Ban­field loomed as a round one bolter af­ter an im­pres­sive pre-sea­son ef­fort in Fre­man­tle’s 29-point win over the West Coast Ea­gles in a scratch match, while sec­ondyear West Coast rookie Fran­cis Wat­son looked to prove him­self as a round one con­tender.

Ju­nior rugby

NRL WA and Broome Touch As­so­ci­a­tion joined forces to cre­ate a com­bined rugby league and touch pro­gram to teach chil­dren the fun­da­men­tals of both sports. The 12-week ju­nior pro­gram was the first of its kind in WA.

Freo took Broome

Young foot­ballers of Broome got their chance to show­case their tal­ents to for­mer Fre­man­tle Dock­ers player and Next Gen­er­a­tion Academy coach Tendai Mzungu when the Fre­man­tle Next Gen­er­a­tion Academy ven­tured to Broome for a tal­ent day.

Bas­ket­ball glory

A sea­son of hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion paid off for the Orl Blacks af­ter they de­feated Green­backs to win the Broome Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Wet Sea­son 2017-2018 premier­ship.

APRIL Beach 2 Bay

More than 50 swim­mers had a rea­son to feel ex­hausted af­ter tak­ing part in a 20km swim at Broome Re­cre­ation and Aquatic Cen­tre for the in­au­gu­ral Beach 2 Bay Vir­tual Swim. The dis­tance re­flected the space be­tween Ca­ble Beach and Roebuck Bay in­stead of the tra­di­tional Rot­tnest Chan­nel Swim.

Swim­mers made waves

Broome Bar­racu­das con­tin­ued their suc­cess with they trav­elled

to the Pil­bara to smash records and a bit of gold. The 25-per­son squad com­peted in the North West Open Cham­pi­onships in Kar­ratha.

Bas­ket­ball he­roes

Young bas­ket­ballers got the chance to beat school hol­i­day bore­dom and hone their skills with the best in the Kim­ber­ley Bas­ket­ball Academy’s first three-day camp. Perth Wild­cats leg­ends Tony “The Bear” Ron­ald­son and Paul Rogers were on hand to teach valu­able skills to the chil­dren along­side the KBA coaches.

Taste of elite

A se­lec­tion of young foot­ballers across the Kim­ber­ley got the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence a taste of the elite level when the 2018 North West Academy ven­tured to Perth for a four-day camp.

MAY Women’s league ex­panded

New com­pe­ti­tion ar­rived in the WKFL Women’s league when it wel­comed the Penin­sula Bombers and the Bidyadanga Emus into the league dur­ing a pre-sea­son light­ning car­ni­val, while the Men’s sea­son kicked off with a bang.

Feet on the pedal

The Kim­ber­ley’s Gibb River Road was filled with more than 60 teams of cy­clists mak­ing the jour­ney from Derby to Ku­nunurra for char­ity in the 2018 Gibb River Road Chal­lenge. In the lead-up, the Na­tional Fat Bike Cham­pi­onships were held at Ca­ble Beach in an Aus­tralian­first.

Ten­nis leg­end

Ten­nis great Todd Wood­bridge vis­ited Broome Pri­mary School, pre­sent­ing stu­dents with new ten­nis rac­quets and en­gaged in on-court ac­tiv­i­ties as part of a na­tional cam­paign to en­cour­age kids to play ten­nis.

Girls served up aces

Olympian Danielle Ket­tlewell gave young fe­male ten­nis play­ers valu­able ad­vice on fol­low­ing sport dreams and be­ing a con­scious ath­lete when she vis­ited Broome dur­ing a Girls in Ten­nis camp.

JUNE Kim­ber­ley v Pil­bara

The best of the West Kim­ber­ley Foot­ball League man­aged to win some brag­ging rights over their North Pil­bara coun­ter­parts in a scratch match for the in­au­gu­ral White Rib­bon Cup.

Marathon men

Kim­ber­ley run­ners Damien Crispin and Torey Rickerby be­gan the jour­ney of a life­time af­ter be­ing se­lected for the 2018 Indige­nous Marathon Foun­da­tion squad head­ing to New York City.

Broome rac­ing kicked off

Broome cel­e­brated the WA Day long week­end in style when the Broome Turf Club’s rac­ing sea­son kicked off for 2018. The main event for the day, the Broome In­ter­na­tional Air­port Sprint, pro­duced an 80/1 win­ner in Sala­maat.

Touch cham­pi­ons

Bul­lets fended off Sharks in the Broome Touch As­so­ci­a­tion’s divi­sion 1A grand fi­nal to end the first half of 2018. Roey Roost­ers were named divi­sion 1B pre­miers, while Ex­ploders won the divi­sion 2 com­pe­ti­tion.

Marvel­lous Ma­hony

Mo­tocross riders from across WA zoomed in on Broome to com­pete in the Broome Mo­tocross 2 Day Cham­pi­onships. Travis Ma­hony was the big win­ner of the tour­na­ment, col­lect­ing sev­eral tro­phies.

Net­ballers shine

Broome Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has plenty of rea­sons to smile af­ter shin­ing bright on the courts in the North West Net­ball Cham­pi­onships in Port Hed­land. Broome’s 14 and un­der team and its se­nior divi­sion 1 team won their re­spec­tive tour­na­ments while a num­ber of play­ers were recog­nised for their on-court ef­forts.

Vol­ley­ball vic­tors

An in­tensely close grand fi­nal did not stop Is­lan­ders from com­plet­ing a per­fect sea­son run to be­come the Broome Beach Vol­ley­ball pre­miers.

Jets were off to flyer

Broome and Derby’s rugby league en­thu­si­asts came to­gether to com­pete in a State of Ori­gin style clash, mark­ing the Broome Jets Rugby League’s first of­fi­cial match.

Broome Bar­racu­das Swimming Club mem­bers Sean Campbell, 10, Tal­lara Cook, 12, Travis Campbell, 12, Gemma Kent, 14, Calli Cook, 10, and Jaimee Cook, 8, were among those who trav­elled to Perth for the rookie meet this month.

Stephen Carson qual­i­fied for the Aus­tralian Ju­nior Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships.

Divi­sion 1 team: Ni­cole Ren­dell, Bree Watt, Jess Howard, Joanne John­son, He­len Ockerby, Keryl Law­ford, Al­li­son Durl­ing, Mili Ledger­wood, Re­becca Boni and Kat Jen­nings.

Pic­tures: Carly Laden, Jakeb Wad­dell, Danella Be­vis and Si­mon Mer­rit.

Todd Wood­bridge with Broome Pri­mary School stu­dents and teach­ers.

Kim­ber­ley Spirit Un­der-19s as­sis­tant coach Leigh Hislop, Darcy Thorn, Fynn Stokes, Jet­ti­son Brown, Orry Lovell, Jor­dan Ba­con, John Davies, Ric­cardo Grende and head coach Clint Ernst.

The first Kim­ber­ley Bas­ket­ball Academy camp was met with large turnouts through­out the three days.

The Bidyadanga Emus and the Penin­sula Bombers en­joyed spir­ited clashes.

Colin Had­don salutes on 80/1 shot Sala­maat at the open­ing meet­ing.

Bai­ley Ban­field. Fran­cis Wat­son. West Coast Ea­gles v Fre­man­tle.

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