Out­stand­ing per­for­mances put our ath­letes up with the best

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2018 pro­duced some out­stand­ing per­for­mances from sports­men and women on both sides of the border. Here are a few:

MATT HILTON

The ever­green Burleigh striker en­joyed an­other fruit­ful sea­son on the foot­ball pitch with 27 goals in 19 games. He joined Broad­beach mid­fielder Shaun Robin­son as joint win­ners of the Tony Cecco Medal as Player of the Year at Foot­ball Gold Coast’s an­nual pre­sen­ta­tion night.

HAMISH STE­WART

One shin­ing light in Aussie rugby is the emer­gence of fly­half Ste­wart, whose Bond Uni club barely saw him as he in­grained him­self in the Reds. Known for his big kick­ing game, Ste­wart even got the chance to spend time train­ing with the Wal­la­bies.

RYAN JAMES

Ti­tans skip­per James led from the front with tire­less ef­fort in an­other test­ing NRL sea­son.

It did not go un­no­ticed, with the for­mer Bil­am­bil Jet/tweed Heads Seag­ulls player com­ing within a whisker of a State of Ori­gin de­but for NSW and then clean­ing up in end-of-sea­son awards.

LAURA TAY­LOR

The 19-year-old showed she was not to be messed with when she beat Olympic medal­list Emma Mckeon in the 200m but­ter­fly to claim a Com­mon­wealth Games spot. Tay­lor claimed a sil­ver medal, be­fore switch­ing to the ocean and snar­ing a gold at the Aus­tralian Surf life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onships in Perth.

PAT POLITONI

Politoni could not have done much more to help Burleigh’s dreams of a sec­ond In­trust Su­per Cup ti­tle in three years. On a weekly ba­sis, the tough-as-nails rake would get through a moun­tain of work. He was again named the ISC’S pre­mier hooker and was se­lected for the Queens­land Res­i­dents rep side.

STEPHANIE GIL­MORE

A seventh world surf­ing ti­tle – what else is there to say about the 30-year-old sen­sa­tion?

The Tweed Coaster (pic­tured) matched Layne Beach­ley’s seem­ingly un­beat­able mile­stone of seven crowns thanks to the early demise of ri­val Lakey Peter­son at the Maui Pro last month. Ti­tle No.8 is now within sight.

BECKY KAY

At just 19, Kay has be­come one of Aus­tralia’s big­gest golf­ing hopes. Among other achieve­ments, help­ing break down the gen­der di­vide and lin­ing up against the men – and beat­ing a quite a few – in Oc­to­ber’s Queens­land Open was per­haps the high­light.

TOM DEARDEN

The 18-year-old halfback cap­tained Palm Beach Cur­rumbin to their first na­tional school­boy ti­tle in a decade and was re­warded with the Peter Ster­ling Medal pre­vi­ously awarded to Ben Elias and Ryan James. He holds a Bron­cos con­tract.

DELISSA KIMMINCE

Just years af­ter giv­ing cricket away to play AFLW, the Dol­phins all­rounder, 29, played her way back into the Aus­tralian team – and col­lected a World T20 ti­tle.

TAZMIN GRAY

The 23-year-old sis­ter of Kiwi winger Jor­dan Ra­pana played for Queens­land in the in­au­gu­ral women’s Ori­gin match, lined up for the Roost­ers in their NRLW grand fi­nal loss to Bris­bane and helped Burleigh to an­other state women’s premier­ship.

RYAN PLUMB

Jockey Plumb is the man all Gold Coast train­ers want to ride their horses. Plumb won the Gold Coast jock­eys premier­ship for the 2017-18 sea­son, rid­ing 47 win­ners at Aquis Park and 66 over­all. The 29-year-old is on track to de­fend his ti­tle, lead­ing for 2018-19 with 15 wins on the Gold Coast.

BRETT WILKIE

Bowls colum­nist Wilkie fin­ished his lawn bowl­ing ca­reer on a high claim­ing a sil­ver at the Com­mon­wealth Games. He fin­ished the year by be­ing named the best in­ter­na­tional bowler by Bowl­ing Aus­tralia.

KA­TRIN GARFOOT

Adding to our gold medal tally at the Com­mon­wealth Games was cy­clist Garfoot, 37, who claimed top spot in the women’s in­di­vid­ual time trial. She claimed her third con­sec­u­tive time trial na­tional ti­tle ear­lier in the year and re­tired af­ter the Games.

DOMONIC BEDGGOOD

The 24-year-old diver claimed gold at the Com­mon­wealth Games in the men’s 10m plat­form, only the fifth Aus­tralian to take the ti­tle. Bedggood fin­ished 2018 with a gold at the FINA Div­ing Grand Prix in the 3m mixed syn­chro­nised.

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