Many triumphs in action-packed year

THERE were many top achievers from January through to June in a wide range of sports.

In January, Brent Dale headed back to where it all started for him as the new Liverpool Golf Club professional.

Dale was an apprentice at the Lansvale-based club before working at several other clubs.

In February, Abbotsbury wrestlers Carissa and Justin Holland had their possible future Olympic aspirations placed in jeopardy by officialdom.

The International Olympic Committee made the unexpected decision to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympics in Japan but fortunately the decision was overturned at the IOC meeting in September.

Justin Holland competed for Australia at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. And Carissa, like her brother has won many national titles.

Warwick Farm horse trainer Guy Walter prepared sprinter Skyerush to win the Liverpool City Cup (1300 metres) on Saturday, March 9.

Skyerush is no Black Caviar, but the mare is as honest as the day is long, and starting at 14/1, outclassed her rivals to win the big local feature event.

In soccer, Western Sydney Wanderers took the A-League by storm in their inaugural season, winning the premiership and finishing on 57 points after the competition rounds. Chasing the double, the premiership and grand final, the Wanderers were defeated 2-0 by Central Coast Mariners, in the grand final at Allianz Stadium on Sunday, April 21. The Wanderers' rapidly built a big supporter base with home games at Parramatta Stadium packed to the rafters.

In cricket, stumps were drawn on the career of Fairfield Liverpool Cricket Club stalwart Grant Lambert when he retired after 17 seasons in the Sydney grade competition, scoring 11,250 runs, averaging 38.52 and taking 624 wickets at 21.05.

All Saints Junior Rugby League Club showed its community spirit holding its first Women in League Day in May at their home ground Hillier Oval, raising several thousands dollars for the McGrath Foundation.

The club is making this an annual event.

In June, Cecil Hills soccer player David Vrankovic, 19, was selected for the Young Socceroos under-20 squad which played in the World Cup in Turkey.

Vrankovic plays for A-League club Melbourne Heart.

Cabramatta Bowling Club's Claire Turley, 28, made a triumphant return to the Australian team after an absence of two years. Turley represented Australia at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

And at the halfway mark of the Australian Ice Hockey League the Sydney Ice Dogs led the competition serving notice as the team to beat.

The Ice Dogs play home games at Liverpool Catholic Club.The Ice Dogs attract big crowds to their home games and have strong support from the Liverpool community.

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