The year we cheered for soccer legend

THE biggest sporting name to come to Sydney's south-west this year — without a doubt — was former Liverpool English Premier League player Craig Johnston.

Johnston visited in July helping Liverpool Council with its bid to get a sports stadium built in Liverpool.

Johnston was also promoting the mighty Liverpool club's clash with A-League team Melbourne Victory, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

In August, Cecil Hills netballer Olivia Rowntree, 15, showed she is a star now and in the future, when named in the Australian Schools representative team. Olivia is in year 9 at Westfields Sports High School. She also represented the Liverpool City Netball Association in the 15-years team.

In September, the Sydney Ice Dogs won the Australia Ice Hockey League, 6-3, over Newcastle Northstars in Melbourne.

The Sydney Ice Dogs' victory led the competition for most of the season and were the dominant team all year.

They play home games at Liverpool Sports Catholic Club ice rink.

"We had a great season but we can't remain stagnant if we want to repeat in 2014," Ice Dogs coach Ron Kuprowsky said.

"We are looking for a bit more youth next season to replace our older players."

In soccer, Bonnyrigg White Eagles won the National Premier League's NSW Men's 1 competition grand final, 1-0, over Rockdale City Suns at Centrebet Stadium.

Striker Robbie Younis scored the lone goal in the seventh minute and the Brian Brown-coached team were deserved winners.

In rugby league, Cabramatta and Mounties made the finals of the NSW Rugby League Ron Massey Cup competition in September.

Cabramatta were knocked early in the finals but Mounties reached the grand final losing 32-18, to Wentworthville at St Marys Stadium.

During of October, Moorebank Mounties AFL Club, began its quest to enter a women's team under their banner in season 2014 in the Sydney AFL competition.

Middleton Grange woman Emily Tyler, 23, is leading the charge for the team to get off the ground.

In November, Fairfield Patrician Brothers year 12 student Jack Edwards, who won two gold medals at the world junior cycling titles in Scotland, won a bundle of awards for his efforts on the track.

Jack, 17, won NSW Institute of Sport and NSW Sports Federation young athlete of the year awards.

Warwick Farm racehorse trainer Clarry Conners, prepared mare Dear Demi for a spring carnival carnival campaign in Melbourne.

Dear Demi finished third in the Caulfield Cup in October and was unplaced in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington on November 5.

In December, Chipping Norton figure ice skater Sania Sime, 13, competed in her first national titles, which were held in Melbourne.

Shania won a silver medal in the primary women's category and it could be a sign of big things to come for the teenager.

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