• Matt Cleary

Sport: Around the Grounds, Issue 2, Jan 2021

They ran, they hit, they leapt, and they wept in northern beaches sport last month, as reported in the peninsula's dedicated local sports journal, the Northern Beaches Sports Tribune.


Tim Yendall and Anna Lena Richardson of Manly Beach Running Club placed first in the two-person team event of the infamous Narrabeen All-Nighter. Running from 6pm to 6am, the pair alternated stints on the 5km out-and-back trail loop adjacent to Narrabeen Lake, completing 132km in the 12-hour race.


Manly Warringah won the Open Women’s state championship beating Macarthur 2-1 in the final at Blacktown International Sports Park. Gun pitcher Tarni Stepto was named tournament MVP. Manly were also the U/12s state champs, and runner-up in U/10s and U/16s.


Mikaela Turik, captain of the Manly Warringah DCC W2s took 8/16 from 10 overs and the club’s first ever hat-trick by a woman in her side’s 8-wicket win over Penrith. Elsewhere, Harbord Bowling Club Cricket Club’s Phil “The Dasher” Dessaix smashed Mona Vale all over Harbord Park to score 143 from 116 balls with 18 fours and 6 sixes. Another belter was Cromer’s Ben Sheppard who hit 105 off 66 balls against Beacon Hill. A shout-out to Sam Gartner of Beacon Hill who belted 5 fours and 5 sixes in his unbeaten 80 against Forest. If that surname rings bells, Sam’s uncle Daniel played for Manly from 1992-2000 while his grand uncle Russell was a Sea Eagle from 1975-81.


Katherine Wang (7/5) and James Ponder (6/5) won the finals of the Cromer Golf Club Championships over Allison Matthews and Alex Lewis respectively. And Peter “The Flash” Nichols scored 40 points and was decked out in the coveted green jacket of Long Reef Golf Club’s famous “Masters Monday” tournament.


In the Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation (AASCF) National Championships, the Aussies Gems of Frenchs Forest placed first in the Senior 4 and Open 3 categories.

Rugby League

Rampaging front-rower Eamonn Donnelly was a standout in the Narrabeen Sharks Masters hit-out with Appin Dogs at Greystanes. Though the Sharks scored three tries to nil and nobody kicked for goal it was widely agreed the score was 38-all.

Ash Maclean for Forest Baseball. Credit: David Maclean


Jeremy Markham sizzled with both bat and ball as he led the Forest Renegades to a 10-4 victory over the Pittwater Marlins at Rat Park. Meanwhile Pittwater U/16s pitcher Jaden Grant had a flawless time on the mound against Forest Phillies, with nil hits, nil walks and nil runs, and 5 strikeouts. With the bat he nearly ripped off a once-in-a-lifetime feat – an all-run home run. He got to third base. His team won 11-2.


Greg Rollins and team-mates of Cromer Cricket Club rushed to the scene of a plane crash at Cromer Park, while fisherman Te Haronga, pitching coach of the Warringah Sugar Gliders, rescued 91-year-old paraglider Jos Bots in pounding surf off the rocks at Warriewood. And, sadly, the great Ollie Hall of Manly Marlins and the Wallabies passed away aged 67 from cancer. Hall – who was plucked from the Steyne Hotel’s Round Bar to appear in Mad Max III: Beyond Thunderdome - was crucial to Manly's 1983 premiership and won the club’s Chad Paton Award for most outstanding player. Hall was described by club President Cam Douglas as “just a great bloke; a classic laconic bushie”. Vale.

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