Last year saw an incredible amount of local sporting talent on display.
From the Gibson Tiger’s close win over the Esperance Bulldogs in the Esperance District Football Association Grand Final to the deserving winners of the Sports Star Awards, here are some of our favourite Esperance sporting moments from June to December, 2018.
For January to May’s Sport in Review click here.
- The Esperance Unofficial Swimming Competition, hosted by Esperance Anglican Community School student Maddie McGrinder, saw 58 competitors from as far as Kalgoorlie and Albany compete on June 3.
- More than 90 people attended a special meet and greet with AFL Footy Show host and former football star Sam Newman to raise money for prostate cancer. The Esperance Football Club hosted the event with the football star on Monday evening, July 16, for his first ever visit to the region.
- The 2018 Southern Ports Tour d’Esperance saw athletes compete on the two biggest days of the local cycling calendar. Nearly 60 cyclists competed through rain and shine in the Tour held on Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15.
- The Esperance Bulldogs crushed the Newtown Condingup Lions at the Preliminary Final on August 25. The Bulldogs went on to face the Tigers in the Grand Final.
- The Gibson Tigers defeated the Esperance Bulldogs by seven points in the Esperance District Football Association Grand Final on September 1.
- The Division 1 Esperance Netball Association Grand Final on September 15 saw Newtown defeat Gibson 45 to 38. The MVP was Claire McIntyre.
- The Furies won their first Esperance Womens Hockey Association Grand Final since 1991 on September 15.
- Eight members of Esperance Tennis Club returned home on a high, after a successful trip to Geraldton to compete in the D’Arcy Slater Tournament from October 28-31. 11-year-old Stella Wildberger stoodout, winning the Woman in Foundation Cup trophy in the U 14s with an impressive 6-0 and 6-1.
- After being selected to represent Australia in Fiji with the Country Women’s Hockey team, Alli McArthur was named the 2018 Horizon Power Sports Star of the Year on November 3.
- The Esperance Junior Fire Brigade came first in the junior section of the November 24 and 25 WA State Junior Fire Brigade Championships.
- On December 26 Anger Management embarked on the 628-nautical-mile journey in a 44ft Salona Performance Cruiser – the second boat from Esperance to compete.