Centre gains grant
Londonderry MP Bart Bassett and Sport Minister Graham Annesley have visited the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre to present a cheque for $24,686 from the state government.
Mr Bassett said western Sydney had some world-class sporting teams and champions who got their start kicking a footy at a local oval or playing in a competition at a centre just like the one in Cambridge Park.
The money will be used to convert a disused canteen area into a modern gymnasium that will allow the centre to expand its sport and activities program.
The centre offers a range of sport and leisure activities.
All roads in suburban rugby union lead to the College Oval at Richmond on Saturday when UWS host Hawkesbury Valley in what should be a classic contest.
With only one completion round left both teams are desperate for a win to stay in the semi-final hunt.
UWS skipper and danger man Jeff Ryan is sure to play a key role for the home team.
Penrith men have a must-win home game against the Parramatta Wildcats in the final round of the Waratah Championship League basketball competition this Sunday. With 12 wins and 11 losses, the Panthers are locked together with the Hills District Hornets, Central Coast Crusaders, Hornsby Spiders and Newcastle Hunters.
Only three of the five can make the play-offs.
The Panthers beat the Maitland Mustangs 77-68 last Sunday, and the Panthers women scored the fourth win of their debut season, beating the Mustangs 61-52.
Meanwhile, Penrith's Ella Tofaeono and Tahlia Tupaea have been chosen for an Australian under-17 selection camp in Canberra from August 29 to September 1.
Penrith under-14 men won silver medals at the junior state championships.