TOP SPORTING MOMENTS
We take a look back at some of the biggest stories in Great Southern Herald sport in 2018.
SQUIBB’S HOCKEYROOS DEBUT
Tambellup hockey product Penny Squibb relished her opportunity on the world stage, collecting a silver medal and scoring her first international goal at her first Champions Trophy. Squibb was one of three debutants in the Hockeyroos squad for the last ever Champions Trophy and, despite losing their last roundrobin match of the tournament, the Hockeyroos still qualified for the gold medal decider.
GRAND FINAL HEARTBREAK
After a dominant undefeated season to grand final day, Katanning Wanderers succumbed to one of the great grand final upsets in country football history when they went down to a rampant Boddington on their home patch.
The Wanderers were aiming for back-to-back flags but the Eagles had other ideas on their way to an eight-point upset win in the Upper Great Southern Football League grand final.
STEWART’S STELLAR SEASON
Kade Stewart’s return to country footy was capped off with the Upper Great Southern Football League’s highest individual honour, the Leo Graham Medal.
Returning to his original club, Katanning Wanderers, after being delisted by Hawthorn, having played seven games in two years, Stewart’s 27 votes was enough to edge out Williams star Simon Panizza (21), last year’s winner Nathan Bravington (20) and Boddington’s Jye Depane (20).
Unfortunately for Stewart and his Katanning Wanderers teammates, they could not taste the ultimate team success on grand final day when they were upset by Boddington in the grand final.
While their league side were upset on the big stage, Wanderers claimed the Upper Great Southern Football League reserves and under-14s premierships
The reserves won back-toback flags with a 17-point win over Kukerin Dumbleyung while the under-14s enjoyed the same feat with a comfortable 44-point win over Narrogin.
TALENTED TEEN SHINES
Despite there no longer being a football team in the town, Tambellup teenager Simon Mason showed he could well be the town’s next star.
Simon played a key role in WA claiming their eighth consecutive Kickstart Championship at the under-15 AFL National Male Diversity Championships in NSW.
WA’s under-15 State Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team remained undefeated throughout the annual carnival at Blacktown International Sports Park, winning their six qualifying matches, most in convincing fashion.
ALL STAR EFFORT
All-Stars fought off a determined Kojonup to secure the Katanning Netball Association division 1 premiership by four goals. Little separated the two sides throughout the contest as the lead consistently changed hands until All-Stars managed to gain a decisive six-goal lead with five minutes of play left. Kojonup’s Nadine Milne was judged as the best player on court in a losing side.
It was a thrilling season where the KNA celebrated its 70th anniversary.