Top 10 moments from Albany’s year in sport
THE BIG STAGE
- A strong Albany contingent helped WA Country XI win the Australian Country Cricket Championships in January, with three locals named All-Australians.
- Albany won its 15th Boan Cup as senior country week cricket champions in January, exactly 70 years after the ACA’s first triumph.
- Albany soccer star Jenna Onions played her debut season in a Perth Glory women’s team that went on to lose the W-League grand final in February.
- The Lower Great Southern Hockey Association claimed its maiden division one title at the country championships in June in a shootout thriller.
- Albany product Jordan Clark turned heads in his debut AFL season for Geelong, earning a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in July.
- Former Albany residents Darren McAuliffe and Mitchell Pateman teamed up as trainer and jockey to win their first Albany Cup with The Big Show in February. Pateman had wanted to win the Albany Cup since he was a child.
- It’s official: Railways are in the midst of a golden era. The Tigers won their sixth consecutive Albany Cricket Association A-grade premiership in March, breaking their own record of five straight premierships.
- Albany Sharks won their second GSFL senior game in club history in April, snapping a 45-game losing streak. The Sharks played surged away from Denmark-Walpole in the final quarter, sparking jubilant scenes.
- Rising international cyclist Craig Wiggins claimed his second Albany Sportsperson of the Year award in June on the back of two wins in Europe. He cocraig uld not accept his award in person because he was racing in China.
- Royals completed a brilliant season beating Railways in September to win their first Great Southern Football League premiership since 2011. They were comfortable 41-point winners, losing just one game during the year.
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