SPORT plays a big part in the south coastal town of Hopetoun throughout the year.
It gives the community a focal point for the residents on both a competitive and social front.
In winter the Southerners Sporting Club has sport activities for both junior and senior competitors with netball, hockey and football all playing a prominent role.
Recently, while the Landmark Country Football Championship finals were being played in Perth, rivals Hopetoun and Lake King battled with each other in netball, hockey and football with as much enthusiasm and commitment as those who were playing in the city.
In the women's A-grade netball competition home team Hopetoun (Sharks) and Lake King were evenly matched throughout the course of the match with the visitors eventually running out winners 40-32.
Best player for the Sharks was Charmaine Redman with an all-round effort while Kristin Lanhan played a tight game on the wing gaining the coaches award on the day.
Lakes goal attack Jana Laidlaw provided a focal point in helping her team to a hard fought win.
The stamina of some of the netballers was tested, who after competing their netball match, made a quick change of gear and moved straight on to the hockey pitch.
The senior hockey game was of significance to Narda Street who was competing in her 50th match for the Sharks.
Unfortunately the Sharks were unable to celebrate Narda's milestone game with a win, going down to Lake King 4-1.
Katrina Tilbrook and Lynn Waters were best players for the Sharks with 12-year-old Tayla Murrey stepping up from the juniors to play as goalie and winning the coaches award for her efforts.
Unfortunately with Lake King only having eight players available for their senior football match against Hopetoun (Sharks) the game was rescheduled as a scratch match with Hopetoun providing several players to their rivals.
That, however, did not prevent the scratch match from being played with the same enthusiasm and vigour as a qualifying game.
From the outset the Sharks' ruck and midfield brigade took control with midfielder Mason Goddard continually clearing the ball from the bouncedown and delivering it into their forward line.
The experience of former WAFL colts player Kia Broughton helped the Sharks establish a formidable first quarter lead over the Lake King outfit and they were never headed for the remainder of the match comfortably winning the encounter.
Best player for Hopetoun was Mason Goddard while Kia Broughton finished with eight goals.
Lakes' Irish import Aidan Coughlan and Jake Newman were among the best for the Lake King brigade.
Hopetoun's next round of games are on July 27 in Ravensthorpe before journeying to Lake King on August 10.
Hopetoun play their final home games on August 24 with the elimination final in Lake King (August 31 ) and the grand final in Ravensthorpe (September 7).
The Southerners will be presenting the 20th Annual Hopetoun Fishing Competition on Easter Saturday - April 19, 2014.
Planning is underway and the club is looking forward to this huge event. Any inquiries please contact Cory Warren 0448 280 333.