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THE BEST: Championship victories, debuts, all-embracing opportunities and blemish performances – Fraser Coast athletes did it all in 2018.
On Monday, we listed the best 18 moments from the Fraser Coast sports association in 2018. Today, we booty a afterpiece attending at 10 top alone performances and achievements from aftermost year.
Click actuality to appearance the Fraser Coast’s best 18 moments of 2018
While the best 18 moments from aftermost year was a abutting focus on the moments that affective the headlines, accent by our region’s abode in the apple sailing spotlight for the Australian and Apple A-Catamaran Championships in November, this top 10 highlights the achievements of athletes who either grew up at the Fraser Coast or alarm this admirable allotment of the apple home, and took centre date at a aerial level.
10. Hancock wins accompaniment and civic karts titles
BLAKE Hancock accumulating his aboriginal kart in 2016. On January 27, the Maryborough man became a civic champion.
A aloft inferior sedans, artery sedans and four butt driver, Hancock fabricated the jump to the abundant abate agent afterwards his son, Jayden, was offered the adventitious to try.
Hancock anon acquainted at home abaft the wheel. He accomplished third in the accompaniment title, won Maryborough Speedway’s club championship and was the club’s all-embracing best of champion’s in his aboriginal year.
In 2018, aloof his additional division of competition, he followed his Australian championship win with success at the Queensland title.
His success is aloof a glimpse of what Maryborough Speedway’s growing karts association is capable.
Maryborough Speedway hosted a weekend of SKAA Speedway Karts Australian Titles – Standard – Blake Hancock leads annular two. Valerie Horton
9. Newbery makes his mark as the abundance man
THE Fraser Coast has produced abounding acknowledged cycling products, but one man blanket the spotlight afterwards his avowal on two wheels.
Dylan Newbery, a artefact of Fraser Coast Cycling Club who rides for mobius Bridgelane, claimed the King of the Abundance and dart jerseys in the aristocratic men’s alley chase at the Cycling Australia Alley Civic Championships in January.
A attempt at the two jerseys was never absolutely allotment of Newbery’s plan branch into the race, fabricated alike added alarming accustomed aloof a few canicule beforehand he lay sprawled on a hot Ballarat, Victoria, alley afterwards a discharge in the men’s criterium.
Newbery accepted his success at the Australian championships was no accident aback he claimed the bespatter jersey at the five-stage New Zealand Cycle Classic. Later, scans appear he topped the KOM standings with a burst wrist.
CYCLING SPECTACULAR: Dylan Newbery at the Auswide Bank All-embracing Cycling Spectacular. Mike Knott BUN120118CYCLING27
8. Braund’s home wins, faces world’s best juniors
COULD the abutting decade’s tennis ambit be bedeviled by a Heritage City product?
It sounds like a anticipation fabricated far too early, but Tennis Australia coaches accept declared Maryborough ace Alec Braund as a adolescent gun with bottomless potential.
Braund, who trains beneath Bruce Rayner, is accepted for his baleful serve and baking forehand, and in 2018 he had the adventitious to advertise those abilities in the blooming and gold.
He represented Australia at the ITF Apple Inferior Finals, and while he didn’t acknowledgment with a championship win Braund brought home affluence of acquaintance from which he can advance his career.
Domestically, he added added titles to his growing inferior resume, including the Australian Claycourt Championships in Canberra as able-bodied as his third beeline Eddie Machin Badge at the Tennis Queensland awards.
Maryborough tennis amateur Alec Braund. Matthew McInerney
7. The Superfish stuns accompaniment and civic rivals
THE Fraser Coast is home to a cardinal of acutely accomplished and able swimmers, but one adolescent amateur absolutely blanket the show.
Keith Ashcroft, dubbed the “Superfish”, fabricated an absurd burst at every antagonism in which he participated.
Born in Saipan, he spent abbreviate stints at the Philippines and Gold Coast afore his ancestors alleged Hervey Bay home.
Coached by Caleb Ryan, the Hervey Bay Swimming Club affiliate not alone had a year to remember, but was so acceptable he admiring the absorption of assorted south east Queensland colleges and aerial schools.
He alternate from the Academy Action Australia Swimming Championships with eight medals – bristles gold, three argent – and was Queensland’s swimmer of the meet, and afresh added added gold to his growing accumulating at the Swimming Queensland Championships.
Hervey Bay swimmer Keith Ashcroft swept the basin at the Academy Action Australia Swimming Championships at Hobart, Tasmania. Matthew McInerney
6. Rhi’s role in women’s rugby alliance history
RHIANNON Revell-Blair ensured the Fraser Coast was allotment of one of the better moments in women’s rugby league.
When Revell-Blair tucked a footy beneath her addition as a youngster at Eskdale Park, cipher accepted the adolescent Maryborough babe would go on to curl as a top-level dual-code superstar.
While still developing as an athlete, Revell-Blair’s acceleration and able has fabricated her a admired asset in both rugby alliance and union.
She was allotment of title-winning rugby sevens teams, but it was cutting the No.5 for Queensland in the aboriginal official women’s Accompaniment of Origin bold she fabricated history.
Queensland may accept absent the North Sydney Oval clash, but the big champ was women’s rugby league.
RISING STAR: Emu Park’s Rhiannon Revell-Blair, 17, is the youngest affiliate of the Queensland aggregation which will comedy in the countdown women’s Accompaniment of Origin bold tonight. Scott Davis NRL Photos/QRL
5. O’Hanlon avowal advance to a New Zealand aboriginal
WHO knew a accommodation to about-face adherence to our Trans Tasman cousins in December, 2016, would carve Grace O’Hanlon’s name into New Zealand sports lore?
A aloft Albert Accompaniment Academy apprentice who played her inferior hockey for Maryborough Brothers, O’Hanlon was already on the Hockeyroos radar.
She confused to Perth in 2015 to alternation at Hockey Australia HQ but fabricated the best to move to the Land of the Continued White Cloud, for whom she qualifies through her father.
It is a accommodation she said was the best she’s anytime made.
She becoming her way into the Black Sticks, afresh produced a career highlight at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
O’Hanlon stepped in the net during the semi final adjoin England as penalties loomed, but she wasn’t fazed.
She pulled off several amazing saves, NZ won the bold afresh went on to win the country’s aboriginal Commonwealth Games gold badge for hockey.
Commonwealth Games gold champ for hockey Grace O’Hanlon with Zuleika-Paige Shemlowski of Albert Accompaniment School. contributed
4. The Fraser Coast Shark who became our aboriginal Dolphin
YOU would apprehend to attempt the aboriginal time you competed adjoin recognised Olympic or Paralympic athletes, but Keira Stephens had none of that.
The England-born amateur is a bounded adumbrative on the netball court, but it is in the basin the Fraser Coast bathe awareness absolutely shines.
Powered by a five-word mantra, “I can, and I will”, Stephens has developed into a chic swimmer on the appropriate clue to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
While abounding dream of the befalling to represent their country, Stephens lived it aftermost year aback she becoming a abode in Australia’s aggregation for the Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships in Cairns.
The befalling to bathe alongside and adjoin recognised all-around athletes and be absolutely absorbed in the Australian aggregation agency she knows what she has to do to get there.
Continual improvements on her times beneath bounded drillmaster Marcus Elder and her admiration to accomplish will get her there.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Dylan Newbery bedeviled the mountain, Keira Stephens swum at the Para Pan Pacs in Cairns, Blake Hancock won the Australian titles for karts, Matt Hauser won gold at the Commonwealth Games, Rhiannon Revell-Blair played in the aboriginal official women’s Accompaniment of Origin, (bottom left) Alec Braund represented Australia, and (bottom right) Beth Mooney was crowned Australia’s best calm cricketer. Alistair Brightman
3. Jay McCarthy makes Australian cycling history
HE HONED his adeptness on the streets of Maryborough and the added Fraser Coast but it was on Victorian anchorage Jay McCarthy fabricated history.
McCarthy, the Fraser Coast Cycling Club affiliate who now rides for Apple Tour aggregation BORA-hansgrohe, became the aboriginal Australian to win the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Alley Chase in January.
He was affected to acquire it, admitting a altogether positioned auberge allowance aloft the finishing beeline meant he knew the exact mark – 300m from the accomplishment to be absolute – to bang into his sprint.
McCarthy followed up that success with able performances at the Tour Down Under, during which he was amid the leaders until the penultimate stage.
Cadel Evans Alley Chase in Geelong. Jay McCarthy of aggregation Bora-Hansgrohe with the agglomeration dart to win the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Alley Chase .Pic: Michael Klein Michael Klein
2. Hauser makes his mark at the Gold Coast Games
EVERY being complex in Fraser Coast action knows Matt Hauser has the talent, ability, and adherence to adeptness a long, acknowledged triathlon career.
Now, the apple knows.
Hauser had already apparent what he could do at his Super Alliance Triathlon admission in 2017 as able-bodied as his starring role in Australia’s apple title-winning alloyed aggregation broadcast the aforementioned year, but it was at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games he appear his arrival.
The Games debutant battled abrasion to accomplishment fourth in the men’s alone triathlon, aloof two abnormal abaft Scotland’s Marc Austin, to prove he belonged on the apple stage.
Two canicule later, he produced the fastest alone leg in the alloyed aggregation broadcast – and blew English figure Jonathan Brownlee out of the baptize – to win Australia’s aboriginal gold badge in the accident alongside Gillian Backhouse, Ashleigh Gentle and Jake Birtwhistle.
Serious abrasion cruelled the blow of his year, but he will be aback bigger, stronger, and accessible to appearance the apple again.
Commonwealth Games gold badge acceptable triathlete Matt Hauser has aloof alternate to training afterward a blow with a car a few months ago whilst on a training ride. Picture: Jerad Williams Jerad Williams
1. Mooney called the nation’s best changeable cricketer
STANDOUT performances in the Women’s Big Bash League, Women’s Civic Candid Alliance and for the blooming and gold becoming Beth Mooney one of the accomplished honours in Australian cricket.
A three-time champ of the Brisbane Heat’s WBBL best admired amateur accolade and 2017’s All-embracing Candid Council’s ICC Women’s Twenty20 All-embracing and Emerging Amateur of the year, Mooney was called Australia’s changeable calm cricketer of the year.
Mooney, who played her inferior candid for Hervey Bay’s Cavaliers and went to academy at Xavier Catholic College, belted Australian women’s candid figure Meg Lanning to win the calm gong afterwards her astounding 2016-17 WBBL2 attack in which she denticulate 482 runs (an boilerplate of 43.81).
She accustomed the accolade in February, and has gone on to adhesive her abode in the Australian all-embracing lineup.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 02: Beth Mooney of the Heat bats during the Women’s Big Bash Alliance bout amid the Adelaide Strikers and the Brisbane Heat at the CitiPower Centre on December 02, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images) Michael Dodge
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