Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

    Perth Heat hopes for home run in the Pilbara

    14/11/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • Two-time Australian Baseball League champions, the Perth Heat will take on a team of USA
    • All-Stars in a free exhibition match in the Pilbara region this weekend.
    Players and coaches will host youth clinics as part of the visit to Port Hedland and South Hedland, which will also include a celebrity softball game and a community barbecue.  
     
    The program is being funded through Eventscorp's Regional Events Program, which is funded by Royalties for Regions.
     
    Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the visit was a major boost for the Pilbara region with thousands of people expected to attend the events on Saturday.
     
    “The Heat’s visit comes hot on the heels of the team’s convincing 3-1 series win over the Adelaide Bite in Adelaide last week,” he said.
     
    “To have a high profile national team like the Perth Heat visit the Pilbara is a great achievement and our thanks go out to the team and Baseball WA.”
     
    Mr Day said WA’s Kennelly brothers, Sam, who this year signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Matt, a free agent previously signed with the Atlanta Braves, were expected to take part, as well as Port Hedland’s own Jesse Barron and Brendan Wise.
     
    Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the visit was a great example of the high-calibre events happening throughout regional Western Australia.
     
    “Events are an important part of regional life. They give communities an opportunity to come together, get excited and celebrate what makes them wonderful places to live,” Mr Grylls said.
     
    “This exhibition match will showcase the Wanangkura Stadium which also received funding from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program and opened in July.”
     
    Tourism Minister’s office - 6552 5900
    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500