We take a look back at some of the big­gest sto­ries in Great South­ern Her­ald sport in 2018.

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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.


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.


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.


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-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.

Bod­ding­ton cel­e­brate their upset win over Wan­der­ers in the 2018 UGSFL grand fi­nal.

KNA life mem­bers with their 70th an­niver­sary cake.

Hock­ey­roo Penny Squibb. Pic­ture: Nic Ellis

Si­mon Ma­son Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Kade Ste­wart

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