Page 2941 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 13 August 2013

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And as we found today, as the new Queensland government found when they started, their estimates of 45,000 are not anywhere near that. The estimate is 17,000, just over a third. If we only get a third of what the government projected, we definitely have a white elephant in the making.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to the next sitting.


Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

School Sport Australia national titles

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (9.03): Last Friday afternoon was a very proud occasion for me, as shadow minister for education and sport, at the 2013 School Sport Australia national titles where I presented the ACT football team with the championship cup in the 19 years and under football championship played here in Canberra. The last time the ACT won this tournament was in 2001, 12 years ago, under ACT coach Ian Shaw and then manager Chris Conti. I congratulate the 2013 team and coach, Njegosh Popovich, and manager and assistant coach, Phil Hopkins, from Belconnen High School.

The players come from various government and non-government schools: Erindale College, Hawker College, Daramalan College, St Francis Xavier College, StĀ Edmunds College, Narrabundah College and Lake Ginninderra College. The ACT were unbeaten in their run to the championships, with a 3-1 win over South Australia, a 3-2 win over Victoria, and draws with New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland.

The boys team comprised Jakob Cole from Erindale College, Sam Lavella from Hawker College, Nathan Tidmarsh from Daramalan College, Antonio Barbaro from St Francis Xavier College, Sam Ossato from Erindale College, Nic Kier from Daramalan College, Alex Tilley from St Edmunds College, Josh Gaspari from Daramalan College, Jordan Tskenis from Erindale College, Nik Popovich from Narrabundah College, Nico Kresic from Daramalan College, Jeremy Habtemariam from Daramalan College, Cam Dalzeill from Narrabundah College, Romeo J Romeo from Lake Ginninderra College, Jay Kelly from Hawker College and Tim Bobolas from Daramalan College. As I said, the coach was Njegosh Popovich and the manager and assistant coach was Phil Hopkins from Belconnen high.

Congratulations also to the ACT girls under 19 years team under coach Adrian Haynes from Lanyon High School and manager Kate Davoren from Wanniassa School senior campus for taking the ACT to a fourth-placed finish. Congratulations also to the six ACT under 19 boys players and the two ACT under 19 girls players who were selected for their respective Australian school representative teams. A further reward for them will be taking part in an international tour later this year.

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