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Thursday, 29 May 2003
Page: 15505

Ms MACKLIN (9:51 AM) —It is my great pleasure to tell the House about a magnificent sporting club in my electorate, the Eltham Lacrosse Club. This wonderful club is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a member of the Victorian Lacrosse Association. It traces its history back to 1963 when Dr Graham Webb, an innovative teacher at Eltham High School, introduced the game to his students. Bob Russell and Fred Durham joined Dr Webb in forming the club in the following year, and they can both still be seen around the club. Both have junior club teams named after them. Bob Russell has also been honoured with membership of the Victorian Lacrosse Association for his services to the game as both a player and an administrator.

Eltham has grown into one of the largest Lacrosse clubs in the world, fielding teams in men's, women's and junior competitions with great success. Over those 40 years Eltham Lacrosse Club has provided many opportunities for its members, and not just on the sporting field. It is a great family club. Every week families come together to socialise, share a meal and talk about the events of the week, including the all-important match reports.

The club regularly has representatives in junior and senior state and national teams. Just this month three members of the club—Martin Cobern, Daniel Hall and Tim Fry—represented Australia at the inaugural World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Canada at which Australia finished a very creditable fifth. In June two members of the club—Jason Brammall and Jonathan Reedyk—will compete in the Australian team at the World Under 19 Lacrosse Championships in Maryland. At a state level, Liam Sedgwick and Caleb Hall have been selected to represent Victoria at the Under 17 Australian Championships in Melbourne in July.

The Eltham Lacrosse Club also regularly organises junior touring teams to visit the United States and Canada. One of these groups is due to leave in June on a three-week tour of North America, playing against several well-known United States and Canadian teams. The club also hosts visiting teams from the US, Canada, England and Japan. I wish this year's touring teams the very best of luck for successful and enjoyable trips. I congratulate the Eltham Lacrosse Club on the contribution it makes to our community and wish it every success for its 40th season and many more seasons to come.