Page 554 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 13 February 2013

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invited the community to share their memories and photos. This information and scanned images will be used to develop interactive iPhone and iPad apps featuring a map with GPS tags and noting a walking tour of the many CSIRO sites, past and present. It will be a fitting tribute to the CSIRO’s historic and continuing role as one of the great national institutions. Today the CSIRO proudly continues that tradition, and its significant number of staff and research units based here are an integral and valued part of the Canberra community.

Canberra Cavalry baseball team

MS BERRY (Ginninderra) (6.52): This evening I rise to congratulate the victorious Canberra Cavalry, Canberra’s very own baseball team, on winning the Australian Baseball League champion series for the first time. They have made history. The Canberra Cavalry joined an illustrious group of ACT sporting teams who have punched above their weight in national sporting competitions and triumphed. They have joined teams such as the Raiders, the Brumbies, the Capitals, Canberra United, and my old favourites, the Canberra Cannons, and we should be proud of all their achievements.

I had the opportunity in November last year to represent Minister Barr at a Cavalry match and pitch the first ball of the night, and I can say, with honesty, that even though it was fun and a little embarrassing, I am glad that the Cavalry—and I bet they are too—were not relying on my arm to win any of the games.

It has been wonderful to watch the increasing popularity of Cavalry games in Canberra, and I think much of this has to do with the family-friendly nature of the games at Narrabundah ballpark. Much like the Canberra Roller Derby League, and I know the Chief Minister is a big fan, the Cavalry have created a real following right across Canberra, and I know people travel all the way over from Belconnen to the Narrabundah ballpark, fondly referred to as the fort, to see the games.

As someone who would not have previously called themselves a fan of watching sports like baseball, I have been entertained, and I am a new and proud fan of the Cavalry. I will be going and watching them play and win future games for the Australian Baseball League and for Canberra.

I think it is a testament to all the volunteers and the management of the club that their success has occurred, and I want to congratulate the squad: the pitchers, Chris Coleman, Brian Grening, Robert Dickmann, Sean Toler, Eric Massingham, Steven Kent, Kyle Perkins, John Holdzkom, Brodie Downs, Dustin Loggins, Chris Motta, Hayden Beard, Michael Lennox, Masanori Fujihara, Chris Morgan, Bryan Herrera and Sean Guinard; the catchers, Jack Murphy, Adam Jacobs and Robbie Perkins; the outfielders, Marcus Knecht, Antonio Callaway, Ben Warner, Ryan Stovall, Jonathan Jones, Lee Mills; the infielders, Kody Hightower, Michael Wells, Jeremy Barnes, Adam Buschini, Josh Matavesi, KC Hobson and Aaron Sloan, who was the MVP of the series; and last but not least, the managers and coaches, general manager Tom Carter, manager Michael Collins, Clayton McCullough and Michael Wells.

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