Cougars to court head coaches
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.”