Prospect Electorate Cricket Clubs

Dr HUGH McDERMOTT (Prospect) [1.16 p.m.]: Summer is a wonderful time in Western Sydney. For people in the seat of Prospect there is one great passion—cricket. Cricket brings the community together and it is a great example of multiculturalism. The growth of our local clubs is due to many new neighbours from the subcontinent—from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Special note should be made of Tamil refugees who play cricket in Prospect. The clubs Pacific Oceans XI, NSW Tamils and the Voice of Tamils have many players who escaped the civil war.

Other great local clubs include Pendle Hill, Greystanes, Wenty Leagues, Wenty Waratahs, Seven Hills-Toongabbie, Blacktown Workers, Smithfield RSL, Marconi and Wetherill Park. Many of our junior cricketers have gone on to play for New South Wales and Australia. Former Australian captains Michael Clarke and the late Richie Benaud both started their cricketing careers in Western Sydney. I acknowledge the retirement of Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson from international cricket—a great role model for all who love the sport. I wish him and all the clubs the best for this season.

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