Last year was a big one for Broome sports, from new teams coming into the fold to local athletes shining on the State and national stages. The Broome Advertiser looksback on the biggest sports news in the second half of the year. JulyIslanders claim crown They might have started the beach volleyball season on the back foot, but the Islanders proved they were still a formidable force after taking the premiership in a fierce battle against Set for Life. Shibuya’s super cup triumph A gritty performance by favourite Shibuya Crossing produced a triumphant win at the Derby Cup in front of 2000 racegoers. Star colt’s ‘wicked’ opportunity After competing in the 2019 CBH Colts Championships alongside four other Kimberley boys, Towns Football Club’s Sean Williams was named one of the best colts footballers in WA. AugustNAIDOC message at heart Local netballers celebrated the 2019 NAIDOC message in the midst of friendly competition during the year’s NAIDOC North West Netball Carnival. Open draws 100 players Golf enthusiasts from across the State flocked to Broome Golf Club to take part in one of the biggest events on the town’s golfing calendar. Phil Marrs was named the overall winner of the tournament, finishing on 75 points. Combine on horizon Broome-born footballer Anthony Treacy continued his incredible football year when the 23-year-old forward was one of 18 WA footballers invited to the AFL State Combine. Youngsters to represent NW A small group of Broome’s finest netballers began training to represent WA’s North West in the upcoming 2019 State Cup. The girls trained weekly as part of a special talent development squad within the Broome Netball Association. SeptemberHard fight in the dirt Dirt-bike enthusiasts flocked to Willare Roadhouse to take part in the 10th anniversary of the Willare Enduro, where local Tom O’Connell was declared the race’s big winner. Grandmaster shows moves In a tour of Australia, Senior Grandmaster Ron Lew visited Broome and hosted workshops in the close combat style of Cacoy Doce Pares with Broome’s karate kids. Finals fever Cable Beach Greenbacks and Looma Lady Eagles had plenty of reason to celebrate after fighting off the competition to become the 2019 WKFL men’s and women’s premiers. Bidyadanga Emus’ Angelo Thomas and Saints’ Abbie Virgo were each named the league’s best and fairest. Broome takes surf crown A home advantage resulted in a clean sweep for Broome Surf Life Saving Club when the Surf Life Saving Northern Territory Championships took over Cable Beach. OctoberMcSherry to take reins Towns Football Club began preparations to bring a new team into the women’s WKFL, signing women’s WKFL premiership coach Mandy McSherry. Tigers muzzle underdogs Tigers’ success continued, completing a perfect run to secure the 2019 Broome Basketball Association premiership. Rising stars make a splash Up-and-coming swimming stars from across WA gathered in Broome for the 2019 Kimberley Open Short Course Championships, with hosts Broome Barracudas and Southside Penrhos Wesley writing themselves into the record books. Little Athletics, big medal haul The 2019 season ended on a big high for Broome Little Athletics after 13 competitors won almost 80 medals in the North West Regional Championships. NovemberJets soar after champs selection A selection of Broome’s finest young rugby league players were set to train hard after 14 Broome Jets were picked to represent the North West Reds in the 2020 Junior State Championships. World game to net talent The Kimberley’s fledgling soccer community looked set to blossom as Football West appointed its first development officer for the region, Kamil Chetty. Yu Beauty Months of training, blood, sweat and tears paid off in a big way for former Claremont Tiger Keifer Yu, completing the ever-challenging New York City Marathon in less than four hours. Best of the best honoured As local sports began to wind down for 2019, the best of the best were acknowledged at the Shire of Broome’s 2019 Sports Awards, with speedway racer Jeff Steele, Broome Junior Cricket, Broome Squash Club and Jesse Evans among the big winners. DecemberRunaways rip crown away from Greenbacks Tox Free Runaways ended touch football in 2019 in dramatic fashion after holding off reigning premiers Greenbacks to take the division one premiership, while Primewest Panthers won the division two flag after defeating Lights Out. Double dazzlers Despite a dust storm lingering, the Dirty Dozen pulled off a second consecutive premiership with a win over Mangrove. Roebuck took out the B-grade premiership with a win over Mangrove earlier in the day. Broome boy joins Eagles nest Anthony Treacy’s football career was set to reach soaring new heights after he had his “Powerball moment” when drafted to the West Coast Eagles with pick 11 in the 2019 AFL Rookie Draft. Bright future ahead Local soccer player Billy Broadbent was looking forward to a bright future after representing WA in the 2019 Singa Cup and receiving a scholarship to go to the US.