Stars shine as year winds down
The second half of 2018 produced an explosive season of sport. Carly Laden looks back at the biggest footy feats, racing results and everything in between from July to December.
JULY Pete on point
South Australian golfer Peter Cooke shone in Broome once again, winning the Broome Furnishing Carpet Paint and Tile Pro-Am for the fourth time in six years.
Beach m a r a thon
More than 100 runners young and old from across Australia gathered at Cable Beach to take part in the sixth annual Broome International Airport Marathon.
Young Kimberley footballers Keifan Rogers, Jai Long Farquharson, Johann Jack, Quentin Shandley and Zainel Bin Busu impressed after lining up for the Great Southern Storm at the Landmark Country Football Championships.
Jockey Peter Hall won his first Derby Cup since initially winning back in 2000, riding Victorian galloper Rezak to victory. Salamaat added to his sprint trophy collection after winning the Derby Sprint.
CJ on fire
Cable Beach FC young gun CJ Oakley made a huge impact at the Landmark Country Football Championships in Perth, taking out the rising star, division 3 best and fairest award, and being named in the tournament’s allstar team.
AUGUST Racing heated up
Diamond Tonique won the first of the three major cups in Broome’s racing season, taking out the Cable Beach Caravan Cup.
Victory on the turf
Jockey Simone Altieri impressed in front of a huge crowd at Broome Turf Club when she won the Kimberley Cup on Gloryland by 10 lengths.
The Broome Turf Club’s racing season came to a close with the well-fancied Diamond Tonique claiming the coveted Broome Cup, earning jockey Peter Hall his seventh Broome Cup victory. Port Hedland horse Correspondent won the Pearl Classic earlier in the day, while Salamaat won the $50,000 Broome Sprint on Ladies Day.
Local triathlete Jude Millard was selected to represent Australia at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships at Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. She qualified for selection after she finished fourth in her age group in the South-East Asian Championships in Sydney last year.
SEPTEMBER Netball hero
Young netballers got the chance to learn from one of Australia’s best when former Australian Diamond Clare McMeniman hosted a NetSetGO workshop in Broome.
Despite a late scare, Bullets held off the formidable Old Girls to clinch the Broome Netball Association division 1 premiership. Flames won in division 2, Bullets triumphed in division 3, and Crouching Tigers took out division 4.
Looma prevail in footy final
In a blockbuster WKFL grand final at Haynes Oval an after-thesiren goal completed the Looma Eagles’ fairytale season as they achieved their first flag since 2013, while Cable Beach celebrated a perfect run by becoming the second WKFL Women’s premiers.
Before the double-header, Looma Eagles’ Zephaniah Skinner, Derby Tigers’ Wade Wungundin and Cable Beach’s Anthony Treacy tied for the Kevin Bullen Best and Fairest Medal, while Saints’ Mellissa Gunn was named best and fairest for the women.
Took it by the horns
After taking a leave of absence during the wet season, the Hornets marched their way to the Broome Basketball Association dry season premiership, defeating Orl Blacks by 21 points.
OCTOBER Swimming meeting
More than 100 young swimmers from across WA gathered in Broome when the Broome Barracudas hosted the inaugural Kimberley Open Short Course Championships.
Rugby in Kununurra
Broome Jets Rugby League continued showing gradual success when a clutch play earned them third place at the fourth annual Kununurra 9s tournament.
North West champs
Broome Motocross were named Club Champions for the first time after a successful North West Championships season.
Derby mantakes reins
Boxing burst on to the scene in Derby when local boxing veteran Jake Peacock took the reins of the Derby Boxing Club, hosting lessons for all ages.
NOVEMBER Soccer sensations
Local soccer players Lachlan Bonner, Ollie Hulse, Sam Lynch and Jacob Stone were selected to represent regional WA in the 2018 Singa Cup, where they competed against teams from the Asia-Pacific region.
Touch football continued sweeping the Kimberley when a team from Fitzroy Crossing travelled 400km for a friendly match against Broome Touch Association’s Primewest Panthers. The match ended in a 7-7 tie.
Marathoners in Big Apple
Six months of training across the country paid off for Kimberley runners Damien Crispin and Torey Rickerby, who completed the New York City Marathon in times of 3:46:40 and 3:57:30 respectively.
Women stole the show at the 2018 Broome Sports Association Sport Awards, winning eight out of the 11 awards on the night, including triathlete Jude Millard who was named Sportsperson of the Year.
Woman joins Pointers
Ahead of the new Broome Basketball Association wet season competition, Gantheaume Pointers boasted a new recruit in Jess Healy, becoming the sole woman in the competition.
Young Broome basketballer Taj Rigby was named as one of Country WA’s best ahead of commencing the Basketball WA State Performance Program, where he is the only player chosen from the North West.
Volleyball done and dusted
Set for Life triumphed as Broome Beach Volleyball champions, defeating reigning premiers Islanders in a blockbuster fiveset grand final.
DECEMBER Joy for Dirty Dozen
A near-perfect season run resulted in the Dirty Dozen getting some sweet retribution over Roebuck Cricket Club in the Broome Cricket Association A-grade grand final. Mangrove Cricket Club were named the B-grade premiers after their victory over Roebuck.
Greenbacks held off Scoregasms in an intense match to win the Broome Touch Association division 1 grand final. Exploders repeated their earlier success with a second consecutive premiership in division 2.
Runners on show
Broome’s Reshinta Bradshaw and Beagle Bay’s Tyron Cox were given the opportunity of a lifetime when they won their respective races in the inaugural Kimberley Gift.
Knox on national stage
Broome cricketer Melinda Knox was announced as part of the 14member WA Women’s Country team for the third time.
Zainel Bin Busu, Keifan Rogers, Jai Long Farquharson, Johann Jack, Quentin Shandley who lined up for the Great Southern Storm.
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The Looma Eagles with their 2018 West Kimberley Football League trophy.
Broome Touch Association division 1 premiers Greenbacks.
Dry season premiers Hornets.
Local triathlete Jude Millard was n amed Sportsperson of the Ye ar.
Broome's CJ Oakley was division 3 best and fairest and rising star at the L a n d m a rk championships.