Cougars to court head coaches

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TRINITY Aquinas pulled off an up­set win at their home ground at Bill Gray­den Re­serve with a con­vinc­ing win over higher-placed Fre­man­tle CBC in round 14 of the Perth Foot­ball League.

Kane Ranstead led the way with three goals against an in­ac­cu­rate Fre­man­tle side and ran out 44point win­ners, 13.10 (88) to 5.14 (44).

All the other matches went the way of the favourites, with North Beach de­feat­ing Wem­b­ley by 45 points, 13.18 (96) to 7.9 (51).

Jor­dan Web­ster, Daniel Ryan and Nathan Dwyer scored two goals each, while the bulk of Wem­b­ley’s score came from the boots of Matthew Seal and James Charleswor­th, with three apiece.

League lead­ers Scar­bor­ough started slowly but a six goal to one sec­ond quar­ter put them well in front for a solid win over Kings­ley at Milling­ton Re­serve.

Scar­bor­ough had eight goal scor­ers, in­clud­ing four dual goal­kick­ers, in a pow­er­ful team ef­fort to con­sol­i­date top spot on the lad­der.

James Del Bor­rello man­aged three for Kings­ley.

Matthew Davies kicked six goals in the big­gest A Grade win of the day, with Univer­sity trounc­ing Kingsway by 83 points, 18.13 (121) to 6.2 (38).

Univer­sity look solid in sec­ond on the ta­ble.

North Fre­man­tle outscored bot­tom-of-the­lad­der COCK­BURN Cougars will head into the State Bas­ket­ball League off-sea­son with its two big­gest staff po­si­tions va­cant.

The club has an­nounced nei­ther Adam Nener (men’s head coach) and Me­gan Thomp­son (women’s head coach) will re­turn for the 2020 sea­son.

Nener opted not to re­new his con­tract, while Thomp­son made the de­ci­sion to pur­sue a new full­time em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity in West Aus­tralian bas­ket­ball.

Their de­par­tures come Wan­neroo in ev­ery quar­ter to win their game at the Wan­neroo Show­ground 12.12 (84) to 7.4 (46), with off the back of dis­ap­point­ing seasons for both teams, as the men fin­ished 11th with a 7-19 record and the women fin­ished sec­ond bot­tom with a 5-17 record.

In his first of three seasons at the club, Nener guided the Cougars to the play­offs and had two run­ner-up SBL Most Valu­able Play­ers (Gavin Field and Jalen Billups) in his care while head coach.

Thomp­son was at the helm of the women’s pro­gram for two seasons, while also serv­ing as an as­sis­tant coach for one (2017). Jesse Mirco boot­ing four goals.

The Fre­man­tle CBC ver­sus Univer­sity clash at FIF­TEEN years af­ter um­pir­ing a Test match be­tween Aus­tralia and China, one of the na­tion’s high­est ranked fe­male in­ter­na­tional hockey um­pires is retiring.

In an in­ter­na­tional ca­reer matched by few, Melissa Trivic, of Bassendean, ac­cu­mu­lated 100 se­nior caps through ap­point­ments to cham­pi­onships, tour­na­ments and matches over the past 15 years.

Her ca­reer pro­gressed from Tests, four-na­tions tour­na­ments and Olympic qual­i­fiers to ap­point­ments to the Com­mon­wealth Games in 2010, World League semi-fi­nals in 2013 and 2015, the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

Hockey Aus­tralia (HA) will for­mally recog­nise and cel­e­brate her achieve­ments later in the year when Trivic will um­pire her last na­tional match in Perth dur­ing the Hockey One League.

Trivic was Hockey Aus­tralia’s Women’s Of­fi­cial of the Year in 2011 and 2016.

She will con­tinue to be in­volved in lo­cal hockey, say­ing she sim­ply “loves the sport too much” to hang up the whis­tle en­tirely.

“I feel very proud of my achieve­ments and am ex­tremely Mor­ris Buz­za­cott Re­serve in Kardinya will be the high­light of the up­com­ing round. Catch the Perth grate­ful to have had the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved in the sport I love at the high­est level,” she said. “I made some great friend­ships and had a blast along the way.”

“Um­pir­ing at the Women’s World Cup (Den Hague 2014) was def­i­nitely some­thing I had strived for.

“This was beaten as my ca­reer high­light by be­ing ap­pointed to an Olympic Games, my ul­ti­mate goal.”

Trivic cred­ited her fam­ily for en­abling her to fol­low her pas­sion and said in­ter­na­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties had not come with­out sac­ri­fice.

“For a huge chunk of my pro­fes­sional ca­reer, I en­sured I held jobs that af­forded some flex­i­bil­ity for me to chase my goal, al­low­ing Footy Live ac­tion on Footy Ra­dio and your Com­mu­nity News Face­book pages Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon. me to at­tend one to two tour­na­ments per year,” she said. “It did mean that ca­reer ad­vance­ment stalled dur­ing this time, es­pe­cially as I was jug­gling hockey, work and a young fam­ily.

“For­tu­nately, I have an ex­tremely sup­port­ive hus­band, mum and in-laws who stepped up and fol­lowed my colour-coded cal­en­dars for the du­ra­tion of tour­na­ments, mak­ing sure both boys were al­ways at school on time and taken to af­ter-school ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Her ad­vice for as­pir­ing in­ter­na­tional um­pires was to ab­sorb all ad­vice and feed­back.

“Fo­cus on the things you can con­trol; your per­for­mance and at­ti­tude,” she said. A PERTH Foot­ball League um­pire has reached a re­mark­able mile­stone.

Noel Edgar of­fi­ci­ated his 1000th game last week­end, just the sev­enth um­pire to do so in the league.

Edgar started play­ing foot­ball in 1966 as one of the co­founders of the Old Wes­ley Foot­ball Club (now Curtin Uni Wes­ley).

He was a premier­ship player in 1966 and run­ner-up in 1967.

Af­ter be­ing in­jured in 1971, he started field um­pir­ing in the Perth Foot­ball League and has been um­pir­ing ever since.

He has um­pired matches from A Grade through to H Grade, in­clud­ing more than 120 A Grade games. Edgar had hoped to reach 1000 games as a field um­pire, but had to move to goal um­pir­ing in 2016 af­ter a knee op­er­a­tion.

He was named um­pire of the year in 1995 and be­came a life mem­ber of the Um­pire’s As­so­ci­a­tion in 1999.

He said he en­joyed the mate­ship, buzz of a game each week­end and the fi­nals. His proud­est mo­ments were when his two sons ran bound­ary with him for his 350th game and all the fi­nals he had um­pired.

“And don’t take any match for granted. Treat each match with the re­spect it de­serves and know that it’s a priv­i­lege ev­ery time you step on the field.

“Be­ing a great um­pire takes pas­sion, de­sire and hu­mil­ity.”

HA chief ex­ec­u­tive Matt Favier said her con­tri­bu­tion to hockey in Aus­tralia and in­ter­na­tion­ally was re­mark­able.

“Trivic is recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally for her tal­ents and her long­stand­ing com­mit­ment to our sport,” he said. “We’re so grate­ful for all that she has done for hockey; get­ting to the very top takes com­mit­ment, skill and shows in­cred­i­ble ded­i­ca­tion on both her and her fam­ily’s part.”

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