House debates

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Statements by Members

Randwick City Football Club

1:32 pm

Photo of Matt ThistlethwaiteMatt Thistlethwaite (Kingsford Smith, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury) Share this | | Hansard source

I wish to congratulate all of the players, coaches and officials of the Randwick City Football Club on another very successful season as part of the Eastern Suburbs Football Association. For the women's team in particular, it's been a premiership-winning season. The Randwick FC women's team won the division 3 league, clinching the title on the last day of the competition. They also took out the ESFA women's trophy against UNSW and then completed the treble with an epic grand final win against Easts FC.

I was very proud to attend the Randwick FC annual presentation night on 13 October to help mark this special occasion for the club. For the all-conquering women's team, the major awards on the night went to Tanya Kennedy and Kelly Farrell, as well as recognition for coach Anthony Murray.

A big shout-out to the club's Purple Hearts program for footballers with a disability. The Purple Hearts junior and senior teams compete in football gala days throughout the year, where the emphasis is on fun, friendship and having a go on the field. During the presentation night, Max Williams gave a very moving speech, reflecting the power of sport to promote friendship, commitment and team spirit, and the great camaraderie of the Purple Hearts. I would also like to make special mention to Ben Folino for his efforts in coordinating both teams. Well done to Richard and his team and congratulations to Randwick FC. (Time expired)