House debates

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Statements by Members

Darwin Cup, Football Federation Australia Cup

1:51 pm

Photo of Luke GoslingLuke Gosling (Solomon, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Last week the Darwin Cup Carnival culminated in its signature event, the 2018 Darwin Cup. It was a great day with over 20,000 people making their way down to the Darwin Turf Club at Fannie Bay. The main race of the day, the Darwin Cup, was won by Zahspeed, trained by local trainer Gary Clarke, and first-time entrant Olivia Campbell was the winner of this year's Fashions on the Field. Sadly there wasn't a competition for the best mullet; nonetheless I did see a couple around the track.

The gee-gees weren't the only major sporting event in town last week, with Darwin hosting the Western Sydney Wanderers as they took on our local club, Hellenic, in the FFA Cup. It was a cracker of a game. The Wanderers from down south went up two nil early—in the first 10 minutes, in fact—but then our local club, Hellenic, pegged them back to three all. I think it was in added time that Hellenic was robbed of a penalty when the scores were level at three all, and unfortunately the Wanderers just got ahead. However, congratulations to all the Hellenic players and everyone involved with the club, especially the goalscorers, Daniel Smith and Sulav Maskey; the head coaches, Pedro Stefanidakis and John Tsaknis; and the president, Kosta Boubaris. Well done.