ABC News Perth journalist and presenter Tom Wildie took out the Ken Casellas Award for most outstanding cricket coverage in WA. Tom covered the 2021-22 season with great depth and insight across all levels of cricket, proactively sourcing interesting stories and regularly publishing content across all platforms.

WA Cricket congratulates Tom Wildie and all winners in this year’s awards.


Ken Casellas Award - Tom Wildie (ABC News Perth)

Best Print/Online Story
Tom Wildie (ABC News Perth)

Title: Fast bowling in cricket can take a brutal toll on the human body. Just ask Jason Behrendorff.

A unique, well-researched article that takes the reader on a journey of discovery. The insight into Jason Behrendorff’s journey alone is fascinating and the addition of Taneale Peschel’s comeback makes it even more relevant and impactful in the wake of the Scorchers maiden WBBL title.

Click here to read the article.

Best TV News Story
Bonnie Raynor (9 News Perth)

Title: Dad on duty - Ashton Turner’s twin juggle.

This report encapsulates comprehensive coverage of Ashton Turner’s season and an exclusive insight into his life off the field. Bonnie has demonstrated her initiative by organising multiple shoots to capture exclusive footage and interviews. Investigating how a new father and top player navigates COVID protocols gives this story impact and relevance in the current climate.

Ashton Turner

Best Radio Broadcast
Liam Bartlett (6PR Radio Perth)

Title: Interview with Malcolm Conn on Justin Langer.

A compelling live interview that is unique and inventive. When many media outlets were regurgitating speculation about Justin Langer’s future, Liam had the tenacity to challenge an industry colleague on his reporting and hold him to account.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Best Photo
Will Russell (Getty Images)

Title: Cameron Green

An impactful image from an angle rarely seen in general sports photography. A true ‘behind the scenes’ image giving the viewer a creative insight into the player’s world beyond the pitch. This was an original shot.

Women In Cricket Award
Ashleigh Nelson (10 News First Perth)

Title: Devine and Conquer

A well-produced story with a unique and personal take on Sophie Devine explaining how her hockey background had helped her batting. Ashleigh made Sophie feel comfortable to create great banter and deep dive into a top player which viewers would otherwise never get, demonstrating her commitment to covering women’s cricket.

Sophie Devine

Cricket In Community Award
Bonnie Raynor (9 News Perth)

Title: Top 10 rising WA male and female cricket stars.

This extensive body of work would have taken a mountain of research, from initial selection of the players, to making the community contacts and compiling the statistics. These players deserve such recognition but most of them haven’t got it anywhere else in the media, making this article series an outstanding commitment to community cricket.

Click here to read Poppy Stockwell article
Click here to read Teague Wyllie article
Click here to read 10 rising WA Women cricket stars article
Click here to read 10 rising WA male cricket stars article.

The annual WA Cricket Media Awards is open to all WA-based members of the media, with submissions accepted from material published, broadcast or televised between the period of 1 April 2021 to Friday 25 March 2022.