Re­gion has an­other big year in sport

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport - Tari Jef­fers

Jan­uary

MAN­JIMUP’s parkrun­ners met for the 200th time to en­joy the group’s mile­stone run.

The group meets each Sat­ur­day morn­ing at the King Jar­rah pic­nic area to run or walk the 5km track. They are part of the global Parkrun com­mu­nity of more than 500,000 mem­bers.

SOME of the world’s best cross coun­try moun­tain bik­ers de­scended on Pem­ber­ton at the week­end for round 5 and 6 of the MTBA Perth Moun­tain Bike Club Na­tional.

Tas­ma­nian moun­tain biker Ben Bradley was suc­cess­ful across the two days of the Pem­ber­ton Moun­tain Bike Park in the elite men’s cat­e­gory.

Fe­bru­ary

BRIDGETOWN Cricket Club fin­ished the home and away sea­son un­de­feated and on top of the War­ren Black­wood Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion lad­der af­ter a 159-run win over Din­gup in round 14 as part of the club’s in­au­gu­ral MND WA char­ity match on Sat­ur­day.

The club raised more than $9000 on the day in hon­our of Noe­lene Glancy and paid trib­ute to all the busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who do­nated to the cause.

MIXED net­ball re­turned to Man­jimup with the Fast 5 com­pe­ti­tion.

Fast 5 net­ball is a mod­i­fied form of the game with five play­ers per team on the court at a time, a dif­fer­ent scor­ing sys­tem and shorter quar­ters.

March

GARY Higgs com­pleted his stel­lar 2017/18 Su­per Sedan sea­son with a con­vinc­ing win in the fi­nal round of the Sum­mer Se­ries at the South­ern For­est Ma­chin­ery Race­way on Sat­ur­day night.

Higgs started on the front row along­side Mount Barker’s Chris Pavlovich for the 20-lap fi­nal.

WEST Aus­tralian team John O’Dowd and Tom Wilde claimed the first round of the CAMS Onslow Con­tract­ing WA Rally Cham­pi­onships at the Trade Hire Karri Rally out­side Man­jimup at the week­end.

Driver O’Dowd and his co-driver Wilde – who is also the reign­ing WA Rally State Cham­pion – fin­ished first at the rally, win­ning three and sec­ond in the other four stages in their 2007 Subaru Im­preza WRX STI.

April

FINE weather plus good num­bers and great re­sults from com­peti­tors made for a suc­cess­ful Easter tour­na­ment at Bridgetown Lawn Ten­nis Club on Mon­day.

Num­bers were sim­i­lar to last year with about 230 en­tries, tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Chris Shed­ley said, while the courts had played well due to the hard work of groundsman Ciaran Ste­wart.

THE fi­nal event at the South­ern For­est Ma­chin­ery Race­way took place on Sat­ur­day night with Tim King win­ning the Lim­ited Sprint­car race in a weather-af­fected meet­ing.

King was the high­est point scorer af­ter claim­ing a first and third in his heats and he chose to start from the in­side line.

May

DRIVER Eli Evans claimed his first win since 2015 at the Make Smok­ing His­tory For­est Rally at the week­end.

Tak­ing place across tracks in Bus­sel­ton and Nan­nup, the rally rep­re­sents round two of the 2018 CAMS Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship.

MORE than 350 rid­ers took part in the Karri Cup Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge in North­cliffe at the week­end with Dave Hind tak­ing out the open 100km divi­sion.

Hind crossed the fin­ish line less than one sec­ond ahead of Rowan Brown in a time of 3hr 43 min 22.68 sec.

June

THE Man­jimup Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion un­der 14 devel­op­ment team is cel­e­brat­ing go­ing through un­de­feated at the Mem­bers Car­ni­val.

The team par­tic­i­pated in the June 2-4 car­ni­val with teams from through­out the State.

THE Lower South West Foot­ball League rep­re­sen­ta­tive colts side has again fared well at the an­nual Great South­ern Colts Car­ni­val by play­ing off in the grand fi­nal be­fore los­ing to the Peel Foot­ball Net­ball League by 19 points.

Un­for­tu­nately, the LSWFL did not han­dle the wild blus­tery con­di­tions, espe­cially in the cru­cial third term of the grand fi­nal, which cost them dearly in the end.

July

MORE than 100 Man­jimup Se­nior High School stu­dents at­tended this year’s Se­nior High Schools’ Coun­try Week in Perth.

De­fend­ing its ti­tle as the top Tier 2 school from the re­gions, MSHS en­tered A divi­sion teams in boys AFL, girls bas­ket­ball and net­ball, as well as B, C and D divi­sion teams across soc­cer, vol­ley­ball, net­ball, bas­ket­ball and touch rugby.

IM­PE­RI­ALS gave the Lower South West Foot­ball League com­pe­ti­tion a timely re­minder they are still a force head­ing into fi­nals when they handed Dean­mill their first loss of the sea­son at Im­pe­ri­als Oval.

The Mag­pies weath­ered the Hawks’ chal­lenge in a tight first half and then, cour­tesy of a dom­i­nant sec­ond-half per­for­mance fea­tur­ing greater for­ward power, kicked clear to claim the 13.8 (86) to 7.8 (50) tri­umph.

Au­gust

THE sev­enth and fi­nal round of the 2018 XCO State Moun­tain Bike Se­ries was held at Balin­gup’s Linga Longa Bike Park on Sun­day.

The trails were al­ways go­ing to be chal­leng­ing for the rid­ers and weeks of rain prior to the event did noth­ing but ex­ac­er­bate the sit­u­a­tion.

The LSWFL league first semistages fi­nal turned into a non-event with the ex­pec­ta­tion of an in­trigu­ing con­test evap­o­rat­ing in the first 15 min­utes as Tigers steam­rolled a lack­lus­tre Bridgetown Bull­dogs with a quick­fire six-goal burst to set up a mas­sive 133-point vic­tory.

The speed and pre­ci­sion at which the Tigers hit the con­test was breath­tak­ing, com­pletely blow­ing the Bull­dogs off Ko­jonup Oval to the tune of a 24.14 (158) to 5.5 (35) belt­ing.

Septem­ber

IT was a tight race for the 2018 LSWFL Tyre­power Medal with only two votes be­tween win­ner Jack Bridg­land and the run­ner-up.

Bridg­land, of Bridgetown Foot­ball Club, racked up 40 votes for the fairest and best award across the sea­son while run­ner-up Jeff Smith, of Tigers, gar­nered 38.

The War­ren Women’s Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion fin­ished in ex­cit­ing fash­ion on Sat­ur­day with the A-grade and B-grade grand fi­nals.

In A-grade, Na­tion­als de­feated Cougars 3-2 in ex­tra time with the game’s MVP Hay­ley Favero and the sea­son MVP Mel Booth an­nounced, with run­ner-up Mel Wa­ters.

Oc­to­ber

A SQUAD of 15 War­ren-Black­wood Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion play­ers will at­tend their first com­pe­ti­tion in Bun­bury next week.

The team will com­pete in the Bun­bury Dis­tricts Ju­nior Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s Year 10 com­pe­ti­tion.

More than 700 peo­ple put their ath­leti­cism to the test at the 40th Black­wood Marathon held in the Bridgetown and Boyup Brook re­gion at the week­end.

There were 151 teams com­pet­ing in the marathon. The five stages con­sisted of run­ning, ca­noe­ing, swim­ming, eques­trian and cy­cling.

Novem­ber

YORNUP man Robert Doust has re­turned from Alice Springs vic­to­ri­ous af­ter win­ning mul­ti­ple events at the Masters Games.

The games are a bi­en­nial event run to bring the masters sport de­mo­graphic to­gether to keep ac­tive.

Un­der-16 teams from through­out the South West de­scended on the Man­jimup In­door Sports Sta­dium for the U16 Prin­tSync Slam­mers Re­gional Car­ni­val on Sat­ur­day.

There were a to­tal of 17 teams across two boys di­vi­sions and two girls di­vi­sions, in­clud­ing two Man­jimup teams.

De­cem­ber

THE Aus­tralian Scooter As­so­ci­a­tion held one of its State ti­tle qual­i­fier rounds at Man­jimup Skate Park at the week­end.

The com­pe­ti­tion had eight dif­fer­ent age cat­e­gories, from un­der-7 to un­der-25, in­clud­ing a pro cat­e­gory.

There are only 10 days un­til the Man­jimup Speed­way sea­son gets un­der way for the highly an­tic­i­pated 2018-2019 sea­son.

Long be­fore the first event on De­cem­ber 29, the speed­way club mem­bers have been pre­par­ing for the sea­son with work that in­cludes up­grad­ing the track sur­face.

Pic­ture: Mick Hill

Septem­ber: Im­pe­ri­als' stun­ning per­for­mance in the League Grand Fi­nal earned them a hard-fought 2018 Premier­ship flag with a fi­nal score of Im­pe­ri­als 14.6 (90) d Dean­mill 12.16 (88). Pem­ber­ton Oval was jam-packed with foot­ball fans as they turned out for the three LSWFL Grand Fi­nals.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

April: Brielle, 12, and Tai­z­ley Krispyn, 9, right, take a mo­ment with their swim­ming coach Hy­o­jin Son af­ter their wins at the long course cham­pi­onships.

Pic­ture: Tari Jef­fers

Novem­ber: Kear­nan Col­lege stu­dents can look for­ward to their spe­cialised net­ball pro­gram in 2019 now they are af­fil­i­ated with Net­ball WA.

March: Bridgetown Cricket Club cel­e­brates back-to-back premier­ship wins in the War­ren Black­wood Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion.

Pic­ture: Shan­non Boch­enek

May: Michelle Aiken holds her medal and rib­bon from the Spe­cial Olympics Na­tional Games in April.

Pic­ture: True Spirit Pho­tos/Gor­don Pet­ti­grew

June: New South Wales mo­tocross rider Dean Fer­ris has come away with the Man­jimup 15,000 over­all win in this de­but at the event.

Pic­ture: Karen Hunt

July: Tessa and Rachel Kilchen­mann will travel to Perth twice a week for train­ing ahead of the cham­pi­onships in Septem­ber.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

Oc­to­ber: Cindy Gi­bellini with her tro­phy from the WA State Armwrestling Cham­pi­onships.

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