Bunbury Mail Sports Highlights – July through September | Bunbury Mail


About the New Years break The Bunbury Mail look back on the year 2021.

Our annual “Sport in Review” looks at our sporting stories from the past 12 months.

Below are the highlights from July to September:

‘Checkmate for new club’ – July 7th, 2021

Chess is back: Bunbury Chess Club President Ben Colman helped revitalize the club. Image: Pip Waller

The Bunbury Chess Club returned to Bunbury with a tournament in August.

Bunbury Chess Club returned in 2021 more determined than ever to rewrite the stigma surrounding the game that is not considered a sport.

After more than a decade in the shadows due to a lack of numbers, the club was revived by the passionate chess player and Bunbury Chess Club President Ben Colman.

“Harvey Bulls lead the way” – July 14, 2021

Harvey Bulls: Trainer of the women's senior team Peter Jones and club president Joe Rognetta with the vice-captains of the women's senior team Laura Cheney, Rebecca Fry and Rachel Shepherd in the new women's locker room.  Image: Pip Waller

Harvey Bulls: Trainer of the women’s senior team Peter Jones and club president Joe Rognetta with the vice-captains of the women’s senior team Laura Cheney, Rebecca Fry and Rachel Shepherd in the new women’s locker room. Image: Pip Waller

Harvey Bulls Football Club has opened new changing rooms for women.

HARVEY Bulls Football Club stormed forward with the opening of new dressing rooms for women in football.

The dressing rooms, which officially opened on Saturday, July 10th, during the women’s soccer round at the Harvey Oval, were a positive encouragement for women in the sport.

‘Two decades of beavers’ – July 21, 2021

20 years: Eaton Beavers Cricket Club President Travis Johnson and Secretary and Life Member Mick Rogers on the club grounds with players from the women's and junior teams.  Image: Pip Waller

20 years: Eaton Beavers Cricket Club President Travis Johnson and Secretary and Life Member Mick Rogers on the club grounds with players from the women’s and junior teams. Image: Pip Waller

Eaton Beavers Cricket Club celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021.

THE EATON Beavers Cricket Club called on all past and present players, supporters and volunteers to celebrate the club’s 20th anniversary in 2021.

Eaton Beavers, founded in 2001, celebrated their milestone on August 28th with a festive evening full of special awards and club history.

‘Cadet Inspires Teammates’ – August 4th, 2021

Inspirational Young Women: Cadet Sergeant Naiya Watts with Captain (AAC) David Whelan and cadets from the 515ACU Army Cadet Unit.  Image: Pip Waller

Inspirational Young Women: Cadet Sergeant Naiya Watts with Captain (AAC) David Whelan and cadets from the 515ACU Army Cadet Unit. Image: Pip Waller

13-year-old Naiya Watts is the youngest on the statewide course to be promoted to cadet sergeant.

A 13-year-old Army cadet was promoted to sergeant on a nationwide course in July that won her the award for being the youngest and least experienced participant.

Cadet Sergeant Naiya Watts of the 515ACU Army Cadet Unit in Bunbury attended a Senior Leaders Course and Advanced Instructors Course at Royal Australian Air Force Base Pearce from July 4-11, 2021.

Cadet Sergeant Watts received the promotion out of 64 course participants and was also declared an Order of Merit.

‘Southwestern Gymnasts’ Choice – August 18, 2021

Meet the athletes: Holly van Herk, Annabelle Behan, Jenna Zekic and Rory Postma.  Image: Pip Waller

Meet the athletes: Holly van Herk, Annabelle Behan, Jenna Zekic and Rory Postma. Image: Pip Waller

Bunbury gymnasts selected for the 2021 Western Australian Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Country Team.

FOUR gymnasts from the southwest have been selected to join the Western Australian Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Country Team in 2021.

Holly van Herk, 16, Jenna Zekic, 15, and Rory Postma, 15, were scheduled to compete in the 2021 Northern Territory Championships as part of the team to compete in states six and seven.

‘Thirty Cheers for Thirty Years’ – August 18, 2021

Story in the making: John Campbell, Chairman of the Forza Dragon Boat Club, Life Mark Kusin, and Coach Paul Harrison.  Image: Pip Waller

Story in the making: John Campbell, Chairman of the Forza Dragon Boat Club, Life Mark Kusin, and Coach Paul Harrison. Image: Pip Waller

The Forza Dragon Boat Club in Bunbury celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The FORZA Dragon Boat Club celebrated 30 years of fire-breathing over the Leschenault Inlet and into the dragon boat scene of Bunbury this year.

Founded in 1991 as the Forza Italia Dragon Boat Club, Forza was the vision of Foundation President and Coach Grant Barbera, who was paddling with the Spirit of Bunbury Dragon Boat Club at the time.

‘Group to Row Another Day’ – August 25, 2021

Grateful: The Coastal Rowing WA Inc committee members, Nancy Churchill and Lynette Sleight.  Image: delivered

Grateful: The Coastal Rowing WA Inc committee members, Nancy Churchill and Lynette Sleight. Image: delivered

THE collaborative spirit of the Bunbury community ensured the survival of a local rowing group that only had 90 days to move from its original hub in Bunbury Harbor.

In June 2021, Coastal Rowing Western Australia Incorporated, based in Bunbury, was notified of the need to find a new facility to store their gear and boats valued at over $ 100,000.

‘Inspire Others to Swim’ – September 1st, 2021

Masters: swimmers Rebecca Camm, Ingrid Blandford, Joel Davies, Alex Saffy and Abbey East (not pictured: Kaiden Richings).  Image: Pip Waller

Masters: swimmers Rebecca Camm, Ingrid Blandford, Joel Davies, Alex Saffy and Abbey East (not pictured: Kaiden Richings). Image: Pip Waller

Bunbury Swimmers Club swimmers plunged headfirst into the 2021 Hancock Prospecting Swim Championships.

SIX Bunbury Swimming Club swimmers plunged headfirst into the Hancock Prospecting Western Australian Swim Championships 2021 from August 20-22.

Out of 31 events, swimmers had a personal best of 90 percent, with a Bunbury swimmer, 15-year-old Alex Saffy, setting an unofficial world record.

‘Fowler gets dream job’ – September 8, 2021

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Welcome to the team: Cameron Fowler has been named Bunbury Rowing Club’s new coach for 2021. Image: Pip Waller

THE Bunbury Rowing Club welcomed a new head coach as part of an expansion hoped that rowing would become the sport of choice for Bunbury athletes.

Cameron Fowler was officially welcomed on September 1st and brought a range of rowing experience to the table, representing Australia at the 2017-18 Senior World Rowing Championships and as a trainer in various school rowing programs in Perth.

‘Tigers for the win’ – September 15, 2021

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Champs: The South Bunbury women’s team won the 2021 grand final against Bunbury on Sunday September 12th. Image: Jemillah Dawson

South Bunbury won the Women’s South West Football League Grand Final in 2021.

The conditions were perfect for the South West Football League Women’s Grand Final 2021 on Sunday, December 12th.

The game was against the two most dominant teams of the season, Bunbury and South Bunbury.

‘A boost for girls in BMX’ – September 22, 2021

A boost for girls in sports: 14-year-old Daytonna Longbottom and 13-year-old Savannah Birch in the Hay Park Multi-Sports Pavilion.  Image: Pip Waller

A boost for girls in sports: 14-year-old Daytonna Longbottom and 13-year-old Savannah Birch in the Hay Park Multi-Sports Pavilion. Image: Pip Waller

Bunbury bikers took to the track at the AusCycling WA BMX State Championships 2021

TWO female BMX teenagers competed against the rest of the state in hopes of riding to victory at the AusCycling Western Australia BMX State Championships in 2021.

From September 30th to October 2nd, the Bunbury BMX Club hosted the on-track championships in the Hay Park Multi-Sports Pavilion for more than 800 riders.


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