Page 1257 - Week 04 - Thursday, 26 March 2015

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world cup matches and the Big Bash league. Participation at the grassroots was also significantly increased for boys and girls playing cricket in the ACT through a variety of school-based and club-based programs.

I understand that Mark could not have done this without the support of his wife, Michaela, and his six children and, of course, his enthusiastic Cricket ACT staff colleagues, Andrew Dawson, Ben Ryan, Dougal Reed, Cameron Walter, Mark Higgs, Kyle Piper, Anna Baker and Matthew Williams, president Ian McNamee, and the board of Cricket ACT.

Awards presented on the night included to the winners of the 2014-15 RSM Bird Cameron competition and the Douglas Cup-Weston Creek Molonglo. The winner of the Greg Irvine Medal for the Douglas Cup match performed magnificently in the match, capturing seven for 48 and three for 90, and making 81 off just 42 balls. That was Blake Dean.

With respect to the batting aggregate awards presentation on the night, with 567 runs in fifth grade the award went to Shane Boyle from North Canberra Gungahlin; with 511 runs in fourth grade the award went to Greg Badcock from the ANU; with 340 runs in third grade there was a tie for the award—Dan Smee from Eastlake and Phillip Moore from Queanbeyan; with 555 runs in second grade the award went to Nick Polhill from Western District-UC; and with 828 runs in first grade the award went to Michael Spaseski from Eastlake.

All in all it was a great night. Club volunteer award presentations were made to Murray Radcliffe and Brad Falkenberg from ANU; from Eastlake, Gary Molineux and Michael Anderson; from Ginninderra, John Prior and Ben Peel; from North Canberra Gungahlin, Gordon McGurck and Andrew Barnett; and from Queanbeyan, Adrian Brunker and Darren Southwell. (Time expired.)

National Playgroup Week

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.59): I am pleased to talk about National Playgroup Week 2015, which is being held around the country this week. A playgroup is an informal session where parents, carers, babies and children from birth to school age come together in a relaxed and friendly environment. Playgroup gives children an opportunity to have fun, make new friends and develop new skills through informal play. Playgroup provides parents and carers with the opportunity to meet other parents and carers, make friends and share ideas and experiences. Playgroups are not for profit, run by and for the parents who attend. They are usually held once a week for a two-hour session in a variety of venues such as church halls, community and neighbourhood centres, council halls, Scout and Guide halls and sometimes people’s homes.

Each year playgroups across Australia celebrate National Playgroup Week. This year the theme of this meaningful week is connecting communities through play. National Playgroup Week highlights the significance of playgroups in the lives of many children and their families. Every state and territory hosts a world’s biggest playgroup during the annual National Playgroup Week.

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