Edithvale Aspendale Sporting Club

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — It was a pleasure to attend the Edithvale Aspendale Sporting Club presentation night last Friday. It has been a successful year for Edithvale-Aspendale Football Netball Club, with a growing list of young footballers and netballers coming through and supporting it. The football seniors managed to get into the finals this year, led by Graeme Yeats, who has had a glittering career as a coach with the Dandenong Stingrays. He is leading the charge and will take Edithvale Aspendale into next season. On the netball side, out of the four Edithvale Aspendale teams, three won premierships, which is an absolutely outstanding result. It shows the growth of women in sport and the growth of Edithvale Aspendale Sporting Club. They are very well led by netball manager Helen Hollis, who is a tireless advocate for the club and is working hard to get them a netball facility.

I pay tribute to Peter O’Connor, affectionately known as the Ox, who is president of Edithvale Aspendale football club. I also acknowledge Andrew Jamieson, the secretary, for his ongoing and tireless work. This is a fantastic club with excellent values. In his address on the awards night, under-19s coach Aaron Martello touched on its great spirit and community values.

Edithvale Aspendale Sporting Club held a fundraiser earlier in the year for Yarrabah School, a special development school in our electorate, and raised $15 000. That shows how community-oriented the club is. It has the right values and spirit and knows its place in the community. It was a pleasure to give my support to that fundraiser and those efforts. I wish Edithvale Aspendale all the best.