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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1962..


MR DOSZPOT (continuing):

value of $191 were sold. I congratulate Brenton Reimann and the committee of Fusion Canberra for their ongoing commitment to the Canberra community.

On Sunday morning, 2 May, I attended the Catholic schools football carnival held at the University of Canberra. The tournament was hosted by St Thomas More's primary school from Campbell and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate school principal Margaret Pollard for organising such an amazing and wonderful event for not only the participants but for the spectators as well.

There were some 1,035 registered players in 108 teams. They played 216 games over 18 pitches on 12 games per pitch, thus the importance of keeping these pitches viable, Minister Barr. Each team played four games; so each player obviously had value for their participation. There were nine fields set aside for years 3 and 4 and nine fields were set aside for years 5 and 6. Including the 1,000 players and around 2,000 parents and onlookers, it made for a crowd in excess of 3,000 and provided a great carnival atmosphere.

At least six new referees were thrown in headfirst and Capital Football have to be thanked as well for their contribution to the event. I know Mr Coe, as a former referee, would appreciate the opportunity—

Mr Coe: And player.

MR DOSZPOT: And player—that these young referees will have had from such an experience. And obviously these referees will be very valuable referees at their local clubs and to Capital Football as a result of that experience.

I am not going to name all 108 teams in the speech but, in addition to St Thomas More's school, I would like to acknowledge St Francis of Assisi primary school, St Jude's primary school, St Thomas the Apostle primary—these are all primary schools—Rosary primary, St Francis Xavier, St Bede's, St Benedict's, St Joseph's, St Monica's and St Clare of Assisi. And that is some of the schools. There were, I think, 28 schools.

I do have to admit to a certain amount of personal bias and interest in this event, as I had my son, Adam, coaching and daughter-in-law, Neti, an assistant referee and granddaughter, Isabella, and grandson, Noah, playing for two separate teams.

Mr Barr: Who won?

MR DOSZPOT: They all won. In fact, the St Jude's under-11 team that my son coached, I think, won one of the tournaments.

In the afternoon I attended the VISACT blind cricket presentation day at the Lions Club youth haven fields in Kambah. I would like to congratulate Robert Altimore and Stephen Fagg, the organisers, for their fantastic effort in promoting visually impaired sport. And they are excellent organisers. Robert Altimore is also very heavily involved with Radio 1RPH. I really appreciate their contribution to the community.


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