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Sports Year in Review: Highlights from 2015

There have been some great plays, wins and losses this year in Great Lakes sports. Here are some of the best from each month.
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JANUARY:Good crowds at Seafood Race Day

A bumper crowd attended the annual Seafood Race Day at the Tuncurry racecourse under glorious weather to witness a five-race card. Dancing Daydream, ridden by Leanne Henry, won the feature race, the Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club Oyster Cup (1400m). Full story here

FEBRUARY:Boats battle for Rob Scott

This year’s Battle of the Boats was dedicated to Rob Scott who was struck in the head while visiting Fresno in the US last year. Funds were raised to assist in his recovery. Crews from Sydney up to Woolgoolga battled it out for $8000 in prize money. Full story here

MARCH: NSW are top cops at bowls titles

NSW convincingly won the 57th Australian Police Bowling Championships. The week-long tournament was hosted by the Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club and involved 180 serving and retired police officers from around Australia. Full story here

APRIL:Top 10 at international slalom champs

Forster brothers Kaspar and Kristian Fiebig finished ninth at the ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and Under 23 World Championships in Brazil. The brothers made up a world class field of 300 athletes from 45 countries to take on the rapids of Foz Do Iguassu. Full story here

MAY:Nationals eludes Tuncurry bodyboarder

Tuncurry’s Josh Smith narrowly missed out on a spot at nationals after placing third in the open drop knee event. Smith received an overall place of fifth on the leaderboard. Full story here

JUNE:Forster ready to perform at Mollymook

Forster Surf Life Saving Club IRB team head to Mollymook for the NSW State Championships. The team wa s full of confidence after completing two rounds of the NSW IRB Premiership. In the last of the premiership rounds at Kiama Downs, the team finished the day with eight out of a possible 10 finals and came away in sixth position. Full story here

JULY:Great Lakes are state netball champs

After finishing fourth last year, Great Lakes came back to win the Netball NSW State Age Under-14 championship in Penrith. Fullstoryhere

AUGUST: Third grand final in a row for Dolphins

The Forster Tuncurry Dolphins rugby union club claimed their third grand final in a row against the Gloucester Cockies. They won 17-6. Full story here

SEPTEMBER:Salt wins BL’s Blast Off under-8s

Boomerang Beach surfer Leila Salt took out the Girls 8’s division of the BL’s Blast Off in Sydney. She also got to meet former surfing world champion and event organiser Barton Lynch.

OCTOBER:Heath proves doctors wrong in Hawaii

Former Great Lakes local Nat Heath finished his first Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. He was diagnosed with the rare and potentially life-threatening Guillain-Barre syndrome. Heath flew the Aboriginal flag a he crossed the finish line. Full story here

NOVEMBER:Smith qualifies for Ironman 70.3

Forster’s Hayden Smith will compete at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in the Sunshine Coast next year after qualifying in Port Macquarie. Smith finished fifth in the 35-39 year age group with a time of four hours, 26 minutes and 30 seconds at the 70.3 Port Macquarie Ironman on October 17. Full story here

DECEMBER:Body on the line at cricket nationals

Tuncurry’s Anita Handono was part of the ACT NSW Country team that won the under-15 Cricket Australia National Championships in Hobart. Handono’s team shattered records, and Handono knocked herself out in the grand final against Queensland while stopping a four. Full story here

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