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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Premier Bowled Over By Special Day At The Cricket Response

Premier Bowled Over By Special Day At The Cricket Response - Paul Lennon, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

The Premier today announced that around 6,000 Tasmanian students had taken up the State Government?s offer of a free day at the Australia v West Indies Test Match at Bellerive next Friday.

?There has been an amazing take-up rate since I announced this special offer on October 25,? Mr Lennon said.

?When I approached the Tasmanian Cricket Association to see if it would be possible to organise a special children?s day at the cricket, I was confident there would be a big response from schools.

?But the rate of acceptance has been even higher than we anticipated and I?m delighted that around 80 schools have so far taken up the offer.

?It will be a memorable day and an exciting chance for Tasmanian students to watch Ricky Ponting and his Australian team take on the West Indies on home soil.?

The children?s day will be held next Friday (November 18) and will see the State Government pick up the $3-a-head bill for each student attending as part of an organised school excursion.

The State Government wrote to every school in Tasmania extending the offer and Mr Lennon said it was fantastic that so many had seized the opportunity.

?Add the energy of 6,000 Tasmanian school children to the atmosphere of the first Test hosted by Tasmania for a number of years and the experience will be one not to miss,? he said.

Mr Lennon said it was pleasing that both State, Catholic and independent schools from right around Tasmania had opted to take part, not just those from the Hobart area.

Among those attending Bellerive will be students from St Marys District High, Mole Creek Primary, Winnaleah District High, St Virgils Junior School, St Cuthbert School, Dominic College, West Somerset Primary, Ouse District High, Latrobe High, Glen Dhu Primary, Yolla District High, Brooks High, Scottsdale High, Newstead College, Port Dalrymple School and Prospect High.

?This is an opportunity for schoolchildren, especially those in the regional areas of Tasmania, who otherwise, it is highly likely, would not have had access to such an important sporting event.?

There will be sports activities run during the lunch break that will involve 10 representatives from each school.

?This event provides an excellent opportunity for children to see first-hand the very highest standard of cricket in the world,? Mr Lennon said.

?I would like to thank very much David Johnston, the Chief Executive Officer of the Tasmanian Cricket Association, who has supported us very much in putting this together.

?I also to thank Cricket Australia and their CEO, James Sutherland.?


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