A to Z in south The Standard sports journalist JUSTINE McCULLAGH BEASY takes a look back at what's wafer rayban been a busy year in south west sport at home and away. A IS FOR ACL AGONY: Four Warrnambool footballers, including century goal kicker Jason Rowan, suffered season ending knee injuries in 2015. Picture: Amy Paton A is for ACL agony. One season ending knee injury at any football club is bad enough, but four in one year is enough to dent even the strongest team's premiership aspirations. Hampden league powerhouse Warrnambool was dealt this card in 2015. First gun full forward Jason Rowan went down in a practice match and emerging utility Tom Schnerring suffered the same fate in the TAC Cup season's opening round. Ex AFL small forward Tim McIntyre, who had injected creativity to the Blues' midfield, then hurt his knee in round 17 and interleague representative Damien McCorkell, in the midst of a career best season, went down in the second semi final. Warrnambool still managed to make its eighth straight grand final but was no match for Koroit. B is for back to back to back. Koroit Blue did its best to end the Warrnambool Gold City Memorial Red stranglehold on the Western District Bowls Division premiership. But it fell short the big stage in March as Warrnambool Gold made it a hat trick of flags. Peter Pangrazio and Brian Lenehan were the catalysts in the 110 86 triumph. Warrnambool Gold won consecutive Tuesday pennant crowns, downing City Memorial Gold. C is for Cunnington coup. A Hampden league rivalry is sure to fire up in 2016 following Cobden captain Sam Cunnington's shock defection to Camperdown in the off season. The Bombers and Magpies will meet on Anzac Day in round three. What sort of reception will Cunnington receive? C IS FOR CUNNINGTON COUP: Tensions are sure to boil over when Hampden rivals Cobden and Camperdown meet in 2016 following Bombers skipper Sam Cunnington's decision to join the Magpies. Picture: Rob Gunstone D IS FOR DOGS' DAY: Dennington coach Darcy Lewis inspires his charges during the Warrnambool and District league grand final. D is for Dogs' day. Dennington was the toast of the Warrnambool and District league after a dream grand final day in September. The Dogs broke a 27 year senior premiership drought with a come from behind win against Merrivale at Reid Oval. Family connections were strong, with current day mentor Darcy Lewis joining his father Geoff, who led the Dogs to their 1988 flag, as a premiership coach. Dennington also saluted in the A grade netball, with Sue Fleming leading the Dogs to their rayban brille maiden flag with a four goal triumph over Old Collegians. E IS FOR EELS' ELATION: Woodford celebrates winning its first Warrnambool and District Cricket Association division one flag. Picture: Leanne Pickett E is for Eels' elation. A Jake Burgess catch sealed Woodford's first Warrnambool and District Cricket Association two day premiership in March. The Eels proved too strong for East Warrnambool YCW a side contesting its first finals series in 40 years at Reid Oval, powering to a 93 run victory. Eels paceman Hank Schlaghecke was named man of the match for his 4 12. F is for Flemington fortunes. Winslow trainer Ciaron Maher elevated his standing as one of Australia's up and coming trainers when he produced back to back wins in the Group 1 Oaks Crown at Flemington in November. Jameka joined Set Square as Maher's winners in the $1 million race. Maher became the first trainer to notch consecutive victories in the Spring Carnival feature race since John Hawkes in 1999 and 2000. G is for grand feeling. American driver Kyle Hirst posted a record time on his way to a maiden Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic crown in January. The Californian raider finished the 40 lap final in seven minutes, 42.42 seconds more than a minute faster than the previous best set by Sydneysider Kerry Madsen in 2008. H is for Henry's Heroes. A Terang school teacher watched the AFL national draft like a proud parent in November just four months after guiding Vic Country through the under 18 national championships undefeated. Paul Henriksen coached the star studded side to six straight wins in his first season in charge. Two of his players key defender Jacob Weitering (Carlton) and key forward Josh Schache (Brisbane) were the first two picks at the draft. I is for intercept king. Easton Wood's rise emulated that of his Western Bulldogs team. The Camperdown export enjoyed a career best season in 2015 as the Dogs advanced to their first AFL finals series in five years. Wood won the Bulldogs' best and fairest and earned All Australian selection for his dominant performances across half back where his intercept marking was a feature. J IS FOR JOHNSTONE'S JOY: North Warrnambool Eagles' Dion Johnstone won a TAC Cup flag with Oakleigh Chargers at Etihad Stadium. Picture: AFL VICTORIA J is for Johnstone's joy. North Warrnambool Eagles teenager Dion Johnstone was part of Oakleigh Chargers' winning TAC Cup grand final team. A strong south west supporter base travelled to watch the classy utility, who boards at Scotch College, play on Etihad Stadium in September. K is for King Nick. Dennington cricketer Nick King proved he is one to watch in 2015. rayban sunglases He made an unbeaten century in his Victorian Premier Cricket second XI debut for Prahran in October and represented Victoria Country at the Cricket Australia under 19 championships in December. The patient opening bat, who honed his skills via the Western Waves, is already considered VPC first XI material. L IS FOR LONGEVITY: Warrnambool bowler Max Hammond, 96, won a Western District Bowls Division division two premiership in March. Picture: Damian White L is for longevity. Terang golfer Judy Carmody proved age is no barrier when she won her 30th club championship in May, aged 72, while evergreen lawn bowler Max Hammond defied his 96 years to play in a Western District Bowls Division premiership with Warrnambool Red in March. M is for masterpiece shattered. Phil Walsh only coached Adelaide in 12 AFL games but the former Hamilton Magpie jet, whose son was charged with his murder in July, left an indelible mark at the Crows. Walsh, in what was to be his last press conference, said "there are still masterpieces to be created this year". "I'll sound again a bit like a weirdo but great art comes out of a level of frustration," he said. "And I looked at that painting 'Sunflowers'. And for a bogan from Hamilton like myself, I could actually see beauty in that frustration. So although our fans are frustrated, we're frustrated, we like to think there's some masterpieces still to be painted this year." Adelaide went on to do their fallen coach proud, winning six of their final eight games to reach the finals. N is for new board. Barry Crimmin joined the Warrnambool and District league board as chairman following a controversial month for the league. The executive will feature four new faces in 2016 following a club backed push to ask for a spill of all positions to end internal conflict. O is for Olympics bound. Warrnambool export Trevor Gleeson helped Australian Boomers book their 2016 Olympic Games berth in August. The Perth Wildcats mentor was on the sidelines as an assistant coach when the star studded basketball team defeated New Zealand in the Oceania qualifying series in August. The Boomers' Rio squad is likely to feature NBA calibre trio Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellevadova. P IS FOR PLAYOFF PAIN: A huge crowd watched Warrnambool Seahawks' Big V season finish in heartbreak following a narrow elimination final loss to Latrobe City Energy. P is for playoff pain. Warrnambool Seahawks were bundled out of the Big V finals series after losing their elimination final to Latrobe City Energy in front of a bumper crowd at the Arc. The Seahawks clawed back from 15 point third quarter deficit to be in a winning position with seconds to play, but a clutch jump shot from Energy's Jordan Canovan ended the Seahawks' title dream. Coach Bobby Cunningham stood down at the end of the season and will take on the top job at Central Australia Basketball League club Central District Lions in 2016. Q is for qualifying time. Garvoc raised runner Virginia Moloney highlighted her potential, finishing fourth overall in her Melbourne Marathon debut in October. The 2015 Surf "T Surf winner also clocked an Olympic qualifying time after finishing in two hours and 40 minutes two minutes under the Rio Games' mark. R IS FOR RENEGADES RECRUIT: Mortlake teenager Georgia Wareham became the youngest player in the Women's Big Bash League when Melbourne Renegades signed her for the inaugural season. Picture: The Age R is for Renegade recruit. Georgia Wareham is making waves in cricket circles. The Mortlake teenager became the youngest player to make her Women's Big Bash League debut when she lined up against Brisbane Heat in December. Wareham, 16, took a catch as the Renegades stormed to a seven wicket win. It capped off a big season for the spin bowler who won a silver medal at the Cricket Australia under 18 championships in January. S is for sprintcar star. If you look up sprintcar results in Australia, you're bound ray ban official store to find Jamie Veal's name pop up on the podium. The Warrnambool driver is in the midst of a career best purple patch. He became the first driver to break the 10 second barrier in Australia and won his first SRA crown in March. He then earned a call up to race on the American World of Outlaws series in April, notching his first podium finish two months later, finishing behind Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman in Wisconsin. Now he's eyeing a maiden Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic crown. T is for three peat. Jordan Lewis joined a select group when he collected his fourth AFL premiership medallion in September.
The Warrnambool export gathered 26 disposals as the Hawks romped to a 46 point win against West Coast in front of 98,633 fans at the MCG. Lewis celebrated with one week old son Freddie on the ground. The midfielder played in Hawthorn's 2013, '14 and '15 three peat and won his first flag in 2008 when the Hawks surprised Geelong.
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