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Emus talent hunt

Tuesday, 6th March, 2018

Outback Emus members (from left) Wayne Pavlich, Scott Sanford and Rob Devoy at training for their upcoming masters cricket trip to New Zealand. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Outback Emus members (from left) Wayne Pavlich, Scott Sanford and Rob Devoy at training for their upcoming masters cricket trip to New Zealand. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

Broken Hill’s Outback Emus are putting out their annual call for any junior sportsmen or women who wish to apply for financial assistance to help in their sporting endeavors. 

“We are searching for those outstanding junior sports girls and boys in the Broken Hill region, who wish to apply for funding, to assist them with their ongoing travel and accommodation expenses etc.,” Outback Emus and program committee member Steve Odgers said.

“The project that we are currently running has been renamed from previous years, it will now go under the name of ‘Pursuit of Excellence in Sport’. 

“Some of the previous successful applicants have included, Jacqueline Walter, Ellysia Oldsen, Sam Betts, Aiden and Adam Slattery as well as many more.” 

The Emus have a long history of involvement in junior sport, having raised over $200,000 since their formation in 1991. This program has been running since the early 2000’s and was previously known as ‘Special Projects’.

The club raises funds through raffles and events such as their always popular golf day. All money raised is directly put back into helping junior sport through one-off or greater help with projects such as this one. All Barrier and West Darling representative teams also receive funding assistance.

Anyone who feels they may qualify for the programme can apply via their associated sporting body to; The Broken Hill Outback Emus Club, PO BOX 1021, Broken Hill 2880.

While the prime focus of the Outback Emus is to help the next generation of sporting stars come through, they occasionally get back on the park themselves.

They are set to dust off their pads, oil their bats and stock up on the deep heat as they travel to New Zealand for a masters cricket carnival next month. 

The trip is fully self-funded and includes three games in Christchurch against fellow masters teams from Australia, New Zealand and other places around the world.

“The games are 40-overs a side and that’s probably 35 too many!” Emus member Rob Devoy said.

“But it’s a bit of fun. We’ll play some cricket and socialise afterwards. A few of us are going over a little bit early to catch some of the New Zealand and England Test Match and hopefully play some golf.

“There’s nine of us going so we’ll need a couple of local fill-ins, maybe more than a couple as the week goes on.”

The Emus have started to do some training and word is that one Scott Sanford could be in for a big carnival, especially if all the bowlers keep the ball pitched up outside off stump. Captaincy has also been mentioned by a few other members.

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