Narre Warren South sporting success

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — We have had an outstanding summer of cricket, from Australia’s historic World Cup victory to nailbiting local cricket grand finals. As the local cricket season wrapped up in Narre Warren South, I was thrilled to see the Berwick Springs junior and senior cricket teams stand up and deliver.

The Berwick Springs Cricket Club won three junior premierships alone in the under-13 grade. The club’s fourth team in the grade also made the semifinal. Its under-15 division 1 side took out the season decider and the seniors A grade side defeated the North Dandenong side for the premiership. Congratulations to the Narre South under-17 division 1 players for their runners-up performance as well.

Recently I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural presentation day for the Casey division of the Peninsula Casey bowls region at the Narre Warren Bowls Club. Reg Johnstone, Sandra Lapham and Peter Bowman have done an exceptional job in getting this new division up and running so successfully. Well done to Geoff Ampt on winning the Casey over-60s singles after a commanding performance in the final. In the Casey Women’s open pair final it was an all-Hampton Park Bowls Club affair, with Denise Eastick and Helen Lambert defeating Christine Hendrie and Ellen Smith by one point.

There is truly nothing quite like this time of year when the days get shorter, the nights get colder and finally the footy is back. Good luck to all my local footy clubs for the upcoming season, especially our new under-12s girls teams who will be playing for the first time. It is fantastic to see so many young women getting involved in our local game. There has been a 41 per cent jump in female participation in footy.

Also, a big heartfelt thanks to no. 38 from the Western Bulldogs, Dale Morris. He was the perfect gentleman as well as being a courageous and loyal player when he visited my Aunty Peg to celebrate her 100th birthday. Go Dogs! What a great victory over the Tigers it was on Saturday. It does not get much better than being at the G on a Saturday afternoon.