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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : February 25th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, February 26, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Catch Cup fever Ellyse Perry checks out the condition of Drummoyne Oval, a host of the women's cricket World Cup. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP247702 Women's elite to play at Drummoyne FIONA BRADY WHO: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies. WHERE: Sydney, Canberra, Bowral and Newcastle. Drummoyne games are on March 12, 14, 17, 19 and 21. TICKETS: www.cricket.com. au/wwctickets HOWZAT! The women's cricket World Cup is coming to Drummoyne Oval. And with a new wicket, which enabled it to be one of the hosts of the ICC tournament, the oval has never looked better. The first local game is on March 12 when our girls in green and gold take on the West Indies. Australia are ranked No.1 in the world and are reigning World Cup champions but New Zealand and England are also highly fancied, according to one of the squad's stars Ellyse Perry, 18. ''Everything's going really well and we are headed to camp tomorrow,'' she said of her own team's preparations. ''I guess it has been a long time coming now so we're raring to go.'' She's delighted with the con- dition of Drummoyne Oval, her club's home ground. ''I think Drummoyne is a fantas- tic venue and I know the council and also the club have done a lot of great preparation,'' she said. ''To have an international match there is brilliant.'' And the multi-talented teenager, who also plays soccer for the Matildas, wants Inner West locals to help the Aussies make the most of their home advantage. ''The more support, the better for us,'' she said. ''We really enjoy having people out there to watch us and add a bit of an atmos- phere.'' Perry is also hoping the tourna- ment, which will be broadcast around the world, will boost the profile of women's cricket. ''It's a really fantastic compe- tition and hopefully we'll be able to go out there and show the public that women can play cricket and play a pretty good style as well,'' she said. ''A World Cup is very special for any sport and, for us, it is the pinnacle of our game. ''I can't wait to be involved and fingers crossed we'll win the tour- nament on March 22.'' Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas has already caught World Cup fever. ''I encourage our community to come along to show their support and be part of history at the first international women's cricket tournament, under the auspices of the ICC, to be played in Aust- ralia,'' he said. Lowe MP John Murphy and a shopkeeper at Wareemba. Murphy to stand for re-election FIONA BRADY DESPITE standing down from the front bench last Wednesday, Lowe Federal Labor MP John Murphy says he plans to recontest the next election. The Inner West MP resigned from his position as Parliamen- tary Secretary for Trade for ''fam- ily reasons'', but says it will enable him to devote more time to his electorate. He refused to comment on speculation he was pushed out of the front bench role, but said he wanted his constituents to know he was ''as enthusiastic about this job as ever''. After chatting to local residents and business owners in Wareemba on Friday, Mr Murphy said a lot of his future focus would be on helping his electorate cope with the tough economic climate. ''I have a large number of com- mercial and retail precincts in my electorate, and . . . one of the highest concentrations of families under mortgage or rental stress, and I am getting feedback from those families that people are starting to tighten their belts,'' he said. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Mr Murphy had been a ''dedicated and committed member'' of the Labor front bench since 2001 and he would give his ''unequivocal support'' to his bid to recontest the next election. ''Mr Murphy remains a valued member of the Rudd Government and I will continue to seek his counsel,'' Mr Rudd said. Former ALP state secretary Mark Arbib took over Mr Murphy's role as parliamentary secretary to the trade minister. 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