Page 4269 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 21 September 2011

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I would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate the Woden Valley Football Club. It boasts one of the largest junior clubs in Canberra, with some 2,500 junior players, juniors that gravitate through to the senior teams. Also the senior club needs to be congratulated for its fantastic efforts in playing in five out of the seven grand finals held over the weekend that Capital Football organised. They played in five out of seven grand finals and they won three of the five that they played in.

So, all in all, it is a very good and proud club here in our own Canberra surroundings, which starts from the juniors and goes all the way through to the seniors. I congratulate the club and all the officials and members who have made this team, the Woden Valley Football Club, such a great club in Canberra.

Ainslie Football Club

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (8.55): I thought I would just rise very briefly in the adjournment debate to congratulate the Ainslie Football Club on their victory in the north-east Australian AFL grand final at Manuka Oval at the weekend. They defeated the Sydney Swans reserves and it was a quite outstanding result for the club. They go on to play against the winner of the northern division—Northern Territory Thunder, I believe—in Alice Springs this coming weekend. I wish the team the best of luck in that particular match.

I would also like to acknowledge and put on the record that during the half-time break in the grand final there was a match of AFL 9s, a new version of AFL, that was played between an ACT politicians team, loosely defined, with Senator Lundy and me representing the politicians in the territory, against the ACT media.

Mr Doszpot: You didn’t invite us, Andrew?

MR BARR: Mr Doszpot, it was not for me to extend invitations; it was at the invitation of the organisers of the AFL 9s competition. I am pleased to advise the Assembly that the honour of the politicians was upheld: in spite of what might have been reported by certain media outlets, the politicians team did in fact win. This was courtesy of the strength of the women on our team, who kicked a number of super goals and ensured that we were victorious in the end. I will forward this Hansard to my colleagues in the ACT media to remind them that it is possible, every now and then, for politicians to have the last word.

The Assembly adjourned at 8.59 pm.

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