PARLIAMENT HOUSE, Canberra: I rise to congratulate the Rowville Hawks Football Club for their outstanding victory in Division 2 of the EFL on Saturday where they defeated Montrose 8.10.58 to 7.4.46. It was a fantastic effort from the club. They have had a stellar year and their victory means they will go into Division 1 of the EFL next year, the EFL being one of the largest competitions in the nation.
I particularly pay my respects and congratulations not only to the captain, Matthew Stanley and the vice-captain, Robert McEwin, but also to the coaches—senior coach Paul Mynott and assistant coaches Paul Barlow and Marc Hardy. I’d also like to acknowledge the club operations. Nothing occurs on the field without a very strong off-field performance. The Rowville Football Club is ably led by President David Howlett and Vice President Jason Kennedy. It is sometimes a large and thankless effort being the president or vice president of one of these large football clubs. They do an enormous amount of work and what they do off the field contributes significantly to what occurs on the field. I congratulate the Rowville Football Club and all of the team, the coaches and the supporters behind them.