Bunbury Mail sport highlights - July to September

Over the New Years break, The Bunbury Mail will be taking a look back at the year that was 2021.

Our annual 'Sport in Review' will look at our sports stories from each of the past 12 months.

See below for July to September highlights:

'Checkmate for new club' - July 7, 2021

CHESS

Chess is back: Bunbury Chess Club President Ben Colman helped revive the club. Picture: Pip Waller

Chess is back: Bunbury Chess Club President Ben Colman helped revive the club. Picture: Pip Waller

Bunbury Chess Club returned to Bunbury with tournament in August.

The Bunbury Chess Club returned more determined than ever in 2021 to re-write the stigma around the game not being considered a sport.

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

'Harvey Bulls lead the way' - July 14, 2021

FOOTBALL

Harvey Bulls: Women's Senior Team Coach Peter Jones and Club President Joe Rognetta with Women's Senior Team Vice Captains Laura Cheney, Rebecca Fry and Rachel Shepherd in the new women's change room. Picture: Pip Waller

Harvey Bulls: Women's Senior Team Coach Peter Jones and Club President Joe Rognetta with Women's Senior Team Vice Captains Laura Cheney, Rebecca Fry and Rachel Shepherd in the new women's change room. Picture: Pip Waller

Harvey Bulls Football Club opened new women's change rooms.

THE HARVEY Bulls Football Club charged forward for women in footy with the opening of new women's change rooms.

Having officially opened during the Women's Football Round at Harvey Oval on Saturday, July 10, the change rooms represented a positive encouragement for women in the sport.

'Two decades of beavers' - July 21, 2021

CRICKET

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

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

Eaton Beavers Cricket Club celebrated 20-year anniversary in 2021.

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

Having formed in 2001, the Eaton Beavers celebrated their milestone on August 28 at a celebratory evening of special awards and club history.

'Cadet inspires teammates' - August 4, 2021

ARMY CADETS

Inspiring young women: Cadet Sergeant Naiya Watts with Captain (AAC) David Whelan and cadets from the 515ACU Army Cadet Unit. Picture: Pip Waller

Inspiring young women: Cadet Sergeant Naiya Watts with Captain (AAC) David Whelan and cadets from the 515ACU Army Cadet Unit. Picture: Pip Waller

13-year-old Naiya Watts youngest in statewide course to receive Cadet Sergeant promotion.

A 13-year-old army cadet was promoted to Sergeant as part of a statewide course in July that saw her win the award as the youngest and least experienced participant.

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

Out of 64 course participants Cadet Sergeant Watts received the promotion and was also declared Student of Merit.

'South West gymnasts land state selection' - August 18, 2021

GYMNASTICS

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

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

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

FOUR gymnasts from the South West were selected to be part of the Western Australian Women's Artistic Gymnastics Country Team in 2021.

16-year-old Holly van Herk, 15-year-old Jenna Zekic and 15-year-old Rory Postma were set to attend the 2021 Northern Territory Championships as part of the team, to compete in state levels six and seven.

'Thirty cheers for thirty years' - August 18, 2021

DRAGON BOAT RACING

History in the making: Forza Dragon Boat Club Chairman John Campbell, life member Mark Kusin and Coach Paul Harrison. Picture: Pip Waller

History in the making: Forza Dragon Boat Club Chairman John Campbell, life member Mark Kusin and Coach Paul Harrison. Picture: Pip Waller

Bunbury's Forza Dragon Boat Club celebrated thirty year anniversary.

FORZA Dragon Boat Club this year celebrated 30 years of breathing fire across the Leschenault Inlet and into Bunbury's Dragon Boat scene.

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

'Group to row another day' - August 25, 2021

OUTRIGGER ROWING

Grateful: Coastal Rowing WA Inc committee members Nancy Churchill and Lynette Sleight. Picture: supplied

Grateful: Coastal Rowing WA Inc committee members Nancy Churchill and Lynette Sleight. Picture: supplied

THE collaborative spirit of the Bunbury community ensured the survival of a local rowing group who were given just 90 days to relocate from their original hub at the Port of Bunbury.

In June 2021, Bunbury based Coastal Rowing Western Australia Incorporated were informed of their requirement to find a new facility to store their equipment and boats worth over $100,000.

'Inspiring others to swim' - September 1, 2021

SWIMMING

Champions: Swimmers Rebecca Camm, Ingrid Blandford, Joel Davies, Alex Saffy and Abbey East (not pictured: Kaiden Richings). Picture: Pip Waller

Champions: Swimmers Rebecca Camm, Ingrid Blandford, Joel Davies, Alex Saffy and Abbey East (not pictured: Kaiden Richings). Picture: Pip Waller

Bunbury Swimmers Club swimmers dove head first into 2021 Hancock Prospecting Swim Championships.

SIX swimmers from the Bunbury Swimming Club dove head first into the 2021 Hancock Prospecting Western Australian Swim Championships from August 20 to 22.

Out of 31 events, the swimmers had a 90 per cent personal best success rate, with one Bunbury swimmer, 15-year-old Alex Saffy, taking out an unofficial world record.

'Fowler receives dream job' - September 8, 2021

ROWING

Welcome to the team: Cameron Fowler was named the Bunbury Rowing Clubs new coach for 2021. Picture: Pip Waller

Welcome to the team: Cameron Fowler was named the Bunbury Rowing Clubs new coach for 2021. Picture: Pip Waller

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

Officially welcomed on September 1, Cameron Fowler brought with him a range of experience in rowing from representing Australia at the Senior World Championships for Rowing in 2017/18, as well as coaching in various school rowing programs in Perth.

'Tigers for the win' - September 15, 2021

FOOTBALL

Champs: South Bunbury's womens team took out the 2021 grand final against Bunbury on Sunday September 12. Picture: Jemillah Dawson

Champs: South Bunbury's womens team took out the 2021 grand final against Bunbury on Sunday September 12. Picture: Jemillah Dawson

South Bunbury won 2021 South West Football League women's grand final.

It was perfect conditions for the 2021 South West Football League women's grand final on Sunday September 12.

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

'A boost for girls in BMX' - September 22, 2021

BMX

A boost for girls in sport: Fourteen-year-old Daytonna Longbottom and 13-year-old Savannah Birch at the Hay Park Multi-Sports Pavilion. Picture: Pip Waller

A boost for girls in sport: Fourteen-year-old Daytonna Longbottom and 13-year-old Savannah Birch at the Hay Park Multi-Sports Pavilion. Picture: Pip Waller

Bunbury bikers hit the track at the 2021 AusCycling WA BMX State Championships

TWO female, BMX teenagers took on the rest of the state in the hopes of riding to the win at the 2021 AusCycling Western Australia BMX State Championships.

Run from September 30 to October 2, the Bunbury BMX Club played host for the championships at the track at the Hay Park Multi-Sports Pavilion for more than 800 riders.