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04-14-2005, 05:04 PM
Hall to honour sporting greats
Jarrod Lucas
Friday, 15 April 2005

LINDRUM, Marshall, Walsh, Kemp, Macgregor, Richards, Ward, Osmetti, Harvey and Wilson are all names synonymous with Goldfields sport.

Add to that names like Mitchell, Hosking, Doherty, O'Shaughnessy, Spence, Veale and Epis and this represents a major dilemma for six selectors charged with naming the first inductees in the Goldfields Sporting Hall of Fame.

The concept, which has been floated for more than a decade, has made significant progress since late 2004 when a special committee was formed.

Chaired by Allan Pendal, this group has managed to secure room in the Kalgoorlie Town Hall for the hall of fame venue.

Last week, the committee also revealed the first batch of inductees would be announced at the annual Goldfields Sports Star of the Year Awards on November 11.

The hall of fame selection panel comprises Eyre MLA and Goldfields Giants chairman John Bowler, Department of Sport and Recreation Goldfields manager Dean Holder and local sporting stalwarts Yvonne Cavazzi and Brian Osmetti.

Former local journalist and author of "Goldfields Sport - A Century of Heroes, Heroines and Happenings" John Terrell and Goldfields Football League secretary Calvin Wilson - who spent more than four decades at the Kalgoorlie Miner - round out the panel.

Despite their wealth of experience, the group has its work cut out considering the region's reputation for producing champions across all fields.

<font color="blue"> However, it would be fair to say that billiards champion Walter Lindrum would be near the top of the list.

Born in Kalgoorlie on August 29, 1898, Lindrum established himself as the greatest billiards player the world has ever seen after learning his craft at his father's Broad Arrow billiards saloon.

He retired in 1959 with 57 world records and such was his dominance that new rules were introduced in an effort to curb his effectiveness.

Yet another billiards star in Bob Marshall - who won four world and 21 Australian amateur billiard titles - would not be far behind him. </font color>

Among the few locals to don the Green and Gold is Vanessa Ward (nee Browne), who hailed from Norseman before representing Australia as a high jumper at two Olympic Games during the 1980s.

Another born and bred Goldfielder in Greg Harvey represented Australia in baseball at the 1988 Seoul Olympics while making two trips to the United States and one to Japan as part of national teams.

Arguably the region's most popular sport, football has produced more than its fair share of champions.

Perhaps the most famous Goldfields product, at least in recent times, is Dean Kemp whose career with West Coast culminated with 243 games, three grand final appearances, two premierships, All-Australian selection and the 1994 Norm Smith Medal.

The former Railways junior was inducted into the WA Football Hall of Fame in March.

Another Fields legend was 1931 Sandover Medallist Lindsay (Blue) Richards, who played in nine successive grand finals - three for Boulder City, three for East Fremantle and three for South Melbourne.

Former Mines Rovers and Essendon champion Alec Epis ranks among the Bombers' best post-war players after chalking up 180 VFL games, including the 1962 and 1965 premierships.

Other notable Goldfields athletes include hockey star Terry Walsh, East Perth footballer Brian (Bulla) Macgregor, cricketing brothers Michael and Denis O'Shaughnessy, Boulder Bowling Club champion Jack Osmetti and Australian heavyweight boxing contender Bill Doherty.

That group is just a handful of the long list of local sporting heroes worthy of induction into the hall.

But don't forget the great administrators and journalists.

The late Rex Mitchell surely would demand a place in the Hall of Fame after serving as GFL secretary for a remarkable 53 years.

Among the media who have covered Goldfields sport, Milton Cairnduff made the biggest contribution over more than 30 years.

Cairnduff, who died in 1988, wrote for the Kalgoorlie Miner but was also a legendary racing and trot caller in addition to heading up various sporting shows and calling local football and numerous other sports.
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