Four cham­pi­ons win top hon­ours


Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT - Neale Har­vey

Rod Kemp’s in­duc­tion last night into the Gold­fields Sport­ing Hall of Fame was just an­other ac­co­lade in a long line of hon­ours for the Kal­go­or­lie-born for­mer cham­pion jockey.

It fol­lows hot on the heels of his 2017 in­duc­tion into the WA Rac­ing Hall of Fame that for­mally recog­nised one of the great rid­ing ca­reers.

His im­pos­ing record in­cludes four Perth jock­eys’ pre­mier­ships and he was the na­tion’s lead­ing rider by stakes earned in 1984-85.

Kemp was nick­named Rocket af­ter be­ing crowned WA’s top ap­pren­tice in 1971-72.

His ca­reer was cut short when he fell from Cheridge at Bel­mont Park in 1987.

At just 33, he sus­tained se­vere neck in­juries that left him par­tially paral­ysed.

But not be­fore he had rid­den 11 Group 1 win­ners.

They in­cluded Phizam in the 1985 Perth Cup.

Kemp was among four Hall of Fame in­ductees last night at the Kal­go­or­lie Town Hall, along­side John Ter­rell, Barry Aslett and Ted Tyson.

Ter­rell was hon­oured on two fronts, as a long-time Gold­fields sports his­to­rian and for his deeds as a crick­eter.

The tal­ented wick­et­keeper/ bats­man scored more than 5000 runs and in ex­cess of 300 dis­missals be­hind the stumps in Gold­fields se­nior cricket.

His var­i­ous ap­pear­ances for WA Coun­try in­cluded against the West Indies in 1968 and he played first grade cricket in Perth for Su­bi­aco.

Ter­rell has also writ­ten sev­eral books doc­u­ment­ing Gold­fields sport.

Aslett has been chalk­ing up golf­ing ac­co­lades for more than 60 years.

In 2008, Aslett re­vealed how most of his suc­cess was while bat­tling the de­bil­i­tat­ing ef­fects of arthri­tis.

At the time, he boasted 49 club cham­pi­onships to be­come only the sec­ond per­son, along­side Les Cook, to be hon­oured with Eastern Gold­fields Golf As­so­ci­a­tion life mem­ber­ship.

“It (arthri­tis) still both­ers me and I still need painkillers to help me along,” he said.

“But let’s face it — I’d rather put up with it and be out there do­ing some­thing I en­joy, rather than feel­ing sorry for my­self.

“Of course I’m not get­ting any younger, so I like to hit a few be­fore I start a round, just to loosen up a bit.”

Also hon­oured last night was cham­pion footballer Ted Tyson.

The for­mer West Perth star, who died in 1996 aged 86, kicked nearly 1200 goals in a ca­reer that spanned 1930 to 1945.

He was an in­au­gu­ral in­ductee into the WA Foot­ball Hall of Fame and was named at full-for­ward in West Perth’s Team of the Cen­tury.

In 1938, Tyson kicked 126 goals to head a goal­kick­ing list that in­cluded four other cen­tu­ri­ons.

But re­mark­ably, he earned just two San­dover votes in a sea­son in which Haydn Bun­ton Sr won the first of his three medals.

Roy Fred­er­icks smashes a six dur­ing his in­nings of 125, his first on Aus­tralian soil, against the WA Coun­try XI in 1968. John Ter­rell is wick­et­keep­ing.

West Perth cham­pion Ted Tyson work­ing in the bar at the po­lice can­teen.

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