PINE RIVERS UNITED GIRLS FREE TO PLAY FINAL AND REP FOOTBALL
Common sense has prevailed in allowing Pine Rivers United Under-12 twins the opportunity to play in their club grand final tomorrow, Mr Seath Holswich, State Member for Pine Rivers, said this afternoon.
"The story appearing in this morning's Courier Mail was not accurate in its assertion that Sharn and Laini Freier had been barred by Education Queensland from playing in their club final tomorrow," Mr Holswich said.
"Whilst it is standard practice for Education Queensland to request players be rested ahead of representative tournaments, it is the parents decision to make, not Education Queensland's."
"These girls have gone through an entire season with their team and it would be cruel for them to be denied the opportunity to remain with their club for the grand final."
"I have spoken with the Minister for Education, Training and Employment today as well as Pine Rivers United Club President, Mr David Armanelli, to ensure this situation has been resolved."
Mr Holswich acknowledged that one of the girls, Sharn, is now unable to play due to a wrist injury.
"It is devastating the Sharn fractured her wrist, and I wish her a speedy recovery. I hope if Liani plays in the grand final tomorrow, she has a blinder in honour of her injured sister."
"We should be doing everything we can to encourage children to play sport. Our government is working hard to get more children involved in sport and to provide better facilities for great sporting clubs such as Pine Rivers United."
"There shouldn't be any need for a choice to be made between club and representative duties in this situation."
Mr Holswich looks forward to hearing reports of a grand final victory tomorrow from the under-12s.