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Tuesday, 11 April 2000
Page: 15744

Mr MELHAM (10:57 PM) —I rise tonight to congratulate the Bankstown-Canterbury District Cricket Club on their recent premiership win in the first grade Sydney cricket competition. The club was admirably led by Kevin Roberts, who captained the side and is also a state player. There are a number of state players on the side, but there is one person who needs special mention and that is Ken Hall, who is a spin bowler and is nicknamed `Emu'. Ken is in his late 40s and has been playing continuous cricket at the first-grade level for umpteen years. He has not played a second-grade match. I also want to congratulate the club president, Brian Freedman, and the club secretary, Martin Klumpp.

This is the first year of their new grandstand. It was recently opened. This is also the club that has Mark and Stephen Waugh as their cricketers. They were not playing in the competition, mainly because of their Australian commitments. It is a club that has also had past Australian players, the most notable ones, I think, being Len Pascoe—or Len Durtanovich, as he was originally known—and Jeffrey Thomson. The club has a proud history. We in the community adore them. They are fine ambassadors for the local community. They defeated St George in the competition and it was a good match. They finished again in a true spirit. Many people attended. Sport is very important to us in Bankstown. Bankstown boys never give up and they have served their community and their country in all walks of life.

To Kevin and the boys, I was proud of you. You deserved the premiership because of the way you persevered throughout the year. It is not easy when you cannot have state and Australian players in your side, but the club is full of depth and enthusiasm. Congratulations on a job well done.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! It being 11.00 p.m., the debate is interrupted.