Esperance juniors claim close victory over Harvey

THE Junior Fire Brigade State Championships were held at Gilbert Fraser oval over the weekend of November 25 and 26.

Goldfields brigades featured heavily in a very competitive environment with eight out of the 11 Junior Champion Firefighters securing position points which resulted in a winning dead heat between Don Kiripatea of Esperance and Jehu Rojo from Harvey, with Amorn Ritiri from Kambalda securing third place.

Sub Junior Champion Firefighter featured four out of eight positions filled by the Goldfields with Ejay Rojo from Harvey first, Reggie Stacey from Esperance second and Joy Ferguson from Esperance third.

Over the weekend the winning lead changed numerous times as each team had a chance at ascendancy, but Esperance No. 1 team held on to beat Harvey No. 1 team, 112 points to 110 points. 

It was an extremely close finish which was decided on the last run of the day. 

Kambalda secured third place, with North Kalgoorlie in fourth place in the overall aggregate.

Joy Ferguson of Esperance won the Sub Junior girls sprint and Riana Matulin from Kambalda won the Junior girls sprint.

Isaac Evans from Brunswick Junction won the Sub Junior boys sprint and Jehu Rojo from Harvey won the Junior boys sprint.

North Kalgoorlie set a new record in the two-competitor wet hose event with 11.52 seconds.

All the Goldfields team coaches were thrilled with their teams efforts and the way they competently involved themselves in the very competitive weekend of events.

Esperance coaches Harry Moir and Brian Willoughby were thrilled with the victory and congratulated the brigade members for their efforts during the year.

The brigade wishes to acknowledge major sponsors Got’em Group and Southern Port Authority who have been long term supporters of the Junior Brigade.