It is with the saddest of hearts that I inform you all that Lynn Foster, wife of our club president Pete, sadly passed away this afternoon after a long battle with breast cancer.
I spoke to Pete tonight and he indicated that he couldn't have got through the past twelve months without rugby league and the Emu Plains JRLFC. Our community is about more than just rugby league.
The thoughts and prayers of the Emu community are with Pete, Alana and Blake. We're here for you all.
To Lynn, a wonderful mum, wife, sister, aunty and friend, may you rest in peace. xo
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Luke Hale from the U6/2s
Well the mornings and getting chillier and the training nights are definitely brisker so Winter is coming! Dust off your grand final jackets (if you're lucky enough to have one) and hoodies and get them ready. If you don't have one of our awesome hoodies, head on down to the clothing shed on Friday nights from 6:30pm-7:30pm to pick one up for $45.00 - they'll warm you up throughout the season! In other news, our 140 trivia night tickets sold out in less than a week - we can't wait for all the fun and games on Saturday 25th May. Thanks to Alisse Canning who organised the Emu Plains PS hall for us as a venue.
To the footy now and unfortunately I didn't have my camera on me last weekend so don't have any photos to include with this round-up. I'll hopefully get around to a few games this weekend though and get some happy snaps. Let's round up Round 3!
SATURDAY ROUND 3 SUMMARY
Mini Teams: The Under 6s are on fire! Not one team has lost a game yet after they all came away with wins again in Round 3. Tom Pittman and his team of baby Emus came away with a 18-8 win over St Clair. Brown's boys in the 6/4s won 26-8 over Quakers Hill while Jon Lester's merry band of Emus in the 6/3s laid on 7 tries to beat Minchinbury 28-12. Pearcey's 6/2s got home in a close one over Blacktown Workers, winning 20-16 in the end. Luke Hale from the 6/2s has also taken out this week's Property Central Player of the Week Award! Scott Lever's 6/1s won another tight match against Quakers Hill 16-12. Well done to all the Under 6 teams, their coaches, managers, trainers and parents, on such a great start to 2013. We think you're awesome win, lose or draw, but it's great to see Emu on top on the scoreboard :) In the Under 7s games, the 7/3s won convincingly 34-4 over Brothers, while the 7/2s won a close match 18-16 over Minchinbury with just a conversion in it. Unfortunately the 7/1s lost 38-4 to Brothers but are sure to come out firing in Round 4. The 8/3s continue to impress with a massive 42-4 win over new PJL club, PCYC Mt Druitt. The 8/2s also put big numbers on the scoreboard, beating Hawkesbury City 54-14. 8/1s coach Andrew Robinson had a smile on his dial when his side took out their first win of the season. A midweek visit from Penrith Panthers' first grade coach, Ivan Cleary spurred the boys onto a big 28-4 win over St Clair. Robbo said, "I couldn't be prouder of the effort and commitment of our boys".
Mod Teams: Townesy's 9/2s lost their first game of the season 18-6 against Glenmore Park while the 9/1s won yet again, 16-10 over St Marys. It's great to see the 9/1s stringing together those wins! The 10/2s traveled up to Warrimoo during the hottest part of the day and lost 36-20 in a high-scoring game over Lower Mountains. The 10/1s put in a tidy performance over Glenmore Park taking home the goods from Ched Towns Reserve with a 30-10 win. Our Under 11s were the only mod sides to play at Leonay Oval and the 11/3s started off well beating Quakers Hill 46-0. Our 11/2s went down 32-14 to St Marys while the 11/1s absolutely smashed Riverstone with a mercy score of 56-6.
International Teams: The 12/2s relaxed with a bye in Round 3 but there was no rest for the wicked 12/1s who unfortunately lost 16-6 to Windsor. Our 13/3s lost a close one 16-10 to St Clair while the 13/2s were on the right end of a close one, beating Windsor 12-8. The 13/1s came out of the sheds ready to play, and defeated Blacktown City convincingly in their 30-4 victory. The 14/2s lost 64-18 against Quakers Hill in a game that probably rather forget, while the 14/1s were victorious 30-14 over Minchinbury with stand-in coach Brett McElroy obviously giving them the edge ;) It wasn't a fun day for our Under 15s sides with the 15/2s losing 36-4 and the 15/1s bowing out early in their 50-0 loss to Glenmore Park. Next week is a new week boys :)
SUNDAY ROUND 3 SUMMARY
Juniors: The U16s continue to impress after winning 42-20 over the big boys at Minchinbury. The Under 17s also beat Minchinbury taking it out 28-4. Mark Savage and Merv Lopez are both doing a great job with our young Emu men in 2013.
Seniors: The senior boys travelled down to Meurants Lane to face St Patricks. Our C-Grade boys suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 18-14 on the buzzer. Reserve Grade also lost, going down 22-18. Our A-Grade side shone some light and remain undefeated after winning 32-18.
This weekend, all five grades will play at Leonay Oval against St Clair (except the 16s who will play Cambridge Park) so come on down from 9am when the U16s kick-off, with the main game kicking off at 2:30pm. Hopefully the amazing footy weather we've enjoyed over the past few weeks continues. What better way to spend Mother's Day right Mums????? ;)
Until next week, train well and play hard!
Yours in Sport,
E M U P L A I N S J R L F C
I'd like to thank Emma Raven for helping us out in the top canteen on Saturday. She was able to step in and run the canteen while many of the committee had to go to away venues to watch their own kids play footy. Emma stepped in and made sure the canteen still operated while we were away. Thanks to Cass Corey who also stayed down at the bottom canteen instead of going to Windsor to watch her son play in his game.
I'm pretty frustrated with having to hunt down teams to get two people on the BBQ. Usually it isn't the fault of the manager or coach. They have either asked for volunteers and received none or have rostered people on and those people haven't turned up. Depending on the size of your team you will probably only have to be on the BBQ once during the season - that's ONE HOUR in SIX MONTHS.
It's also frustrating to see the same people on the BBQ every week. Although I'm very gratfeul for their efforts, I don't think it's very fair that they are covering for lazy people. I've seen coaches and managers on the BBQ before their game instead of parents as they haven't been able to get parents to help. This is not fair on the coach or manager, or your kids! The manager and coach have responsibilities in the lead up to the game and can't be expected to be on the BBQ as well as warm up kids and get team sheets written up.
I can understand that it is often difficult to go on the BBQ if you have small toddlers, are a single parent or have Saturday work committments, so we ask that coaches and managers provide a roster early in the season so people can possibly plan to have a grandparent or aunty/uncle come along and be on the BBQ instead. Often though, it is the single parents and/or parents with toddlers who regularly turn up for BBQ duty. All too often, it is the parents of our older players who fail to turn up to BBQ duty, preferring to adopt the 'drop and run' approach. It's a sad state of affairs when people cannot offer one hour of their time to help their child's footy club out.
Our canteens are our major source of funding but if we don't have the people to operate them we will close
them down for a short time until we have the help required. Stage 1 of our new building going up on the top field is due for completion this year. Although we received an $82k government grant, the final cost for Stage 1 is around $130k. Ensuring our canteen is operating and profitable is essential for all 511 of our players and the larger Emu Plains JRLFC community.
I really do hate to have to write such a negative post as I realise we have a fabulous group of parents who offer their time and assistance wherever possible, as well as those who turn up for their rostered BBQ duty each season without fail. I thank all of those fabulous people and know that your good work is appreciated by the committee and the kids of the club.
To the group of people who just don't think it's their job to help out for one hour, please do your bit for your kids.
Yours in sport,
E M U P L A I N S J R L F C
PO Box 16, Emu Plains NSW 2750
Telephone 0423 512 848
The show rolls on as the school holidays come to an end. Though the week saw a few sore heads after ANZAC day, the weekend brought good fortune to many of our Emu teams. Let's round up Round 2!
SATURDAY ROUND 2 SUMMARY
Mini Teams: Our Under 6 teams remain undefeated! The 6/1s played in their first game of 2013 following their first-up bye, beating Blacktown Workers by 38-0 - what a start! The 6/2s got home in a nail-biter over Quakers Hill winning by just 2 points in their 12-10 game. Our 6/3s beat the Brumbies 24-12 and the 6/4s smashed Minchinbury 46-12. Our tiniest Emus in the 6/5s beat Windsor 20-12 in our only mini-game at Leonay Oval. I got to watch a bit of this game and was impressed by our youngest Emu player William Pittman who is just 4 years old - he will tackle anything that moves and scored his first every try! The 7/1s sat out this weekend with a bye. At Peppertree, the 7/2s beat St Clair 26-16 with some awesome running and great passing. Their man of the match, Lachlan Price, bagged a double. The 7/3s continued the mini winning streak with a big 44-0 win over Cambridge Park. Our 8/1s continue to come up against tough Division 1 opposition and unfortunately lost their game against Colyton/Mt Druitt 24-6 in a gallant effort. The 8/2s looked impressive against Riverstone winning 38-0 with Sam Brett running amok once again. The 8/3s traveled over to Hickeys Lane and lost 16-6 in a close one against Brothers. Our mini teams continue to impress, win, lose or draw! Keep it up guys and girls!
Mod Teams: Brett Sams' 9/1s won their second game in a row coming from 20-0 down at the break to win 28-24 over Katoomba in a very impressive second-half effort. The 9/2s traveled down to Blacktown City where newcomer to rugby league Ryan Virgo, scored his first try in their 36-14 win. The 10/1s got up 34-10 over Windsor while the 10/2s unfortunately went down 24-14 on the big field at Leonay Oval. The 11/1s went down 24/18 to Colyton/Mt Druitt while the 11/2s were just nudged out by Quakers Hill in their 22-20 loss. The 11/3s had it all over Glenmore Park in their 42-4 win and are looking impressive considering they are a newly formed team in 2013.
International Teams: It was great to see our 12/1s get a win over St Marys in Division 1 taking the game 14-12 at Leonay Oval. The 12/1s put on an impressive display against Blacktown Workers taking out the game 38-0 to remain undefeated! Well done boys! The 13/1s went down to the big boys of Minchinbury 36-18 while the 13/2s defeated Blacktown City 26-10 with Matt Richardson impressing when taking the ball to the line. Our 13/3s were unfortunately defeated 32-14 but Lachlan Hordern had a great game. The 14/1s had a tough game against St Clair going down 26-20. It was great to see our boys wear black armbands as a mark of respect to the St Clair manager's dad who sadly passed away during the week. Our 14/2s actually played their game on Friday night under lights at Windsor Sporting Complex - better yet, they came away with a dominant win over the Wolves, beating them 48-18. The 15/1s lost narrowly to Brothers 16-10 and are still looking for their first win of the season but I'm sure it's not far away. The 15/2s got to enjoy their final weekend of the school holidays with a bye.
SUNDAY ROUND 2 SUMMARY
Our Under 17s had the bye this week but our other four Sunday sides traveled to Cec Blinkhorn Oval to take on Colyton/Mt Druitt. In what was another glorious Sunday for rugby league, the boys took out all four grades for a clean sweep.
Juniors: In an exciting game, the U16s won on the bell, beating Colyton 18-16 for their first win of the season. Tom Moore took out the man of the match.
Seniors: Our C-Grade side continue to impress, smashing Colyton 44-6 with Jack Waterhouse taking out man of the match honours. The A-Reserve match finished early due to an opposition player unfortunately breaking his jaw but they were winning convincingly with 42-0 on the scoreboard when the game was called. To round off the day, A-Grade mercied Colyton 64-4 however Barry Walker indicated there was still plenty of room for improvement in 2013.
Well done to all our senior teams on an impressive weekend of rugby league. Next weekend sees our junior sides play Minchinbury while our senior sides travel to Meurants Lane to take on St Pats. Good luck to all five teams.
I'm keeping it short and sweet for the Round 2 Round Up, mainly because it's about to hit midnight ;) Until next week, go you mighty Emus!!!
Yours in Sport,
E M U P L A I N S J R L F C
This year we are moving our trivia night to a hall (at Emu Plains Public School) to try and maximise our fundraising efforts. We're also encouraging all tables to come along in dress-up with the theme of "Stage to Screen" - let your imaginations run wild with that one. There will be a prize for best-dressed table.
The doors open at 6:15pm and the fun kicks off at 7pm sharp. Seats are $15pp and limited to 140 people so please book and pay for your tickets ASAP. Tables of 10 are encouraged but you can also book individual seats if needed.
Those tempted to use their phones to Google answers will be challenged by interactive video, sound and image rounds! So Google if you dare but the Emu Geek considers trivia night cheating a challenge to be overcome (mainly because she cheats so much herself!)
The usual trivia night games will be in effect with coin tosses, heads and tails, and a few surprises so load your pockets with loose change, dress yourselves up and come along to raise funds for Emu Plains JRLFC!
Bookings can be made by phoning/texting Megan on 0423 512 848 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every effort was made to schedule teams on the same night as their training but it was a logistical impossibility to guarantee that for every team. Please be understanding of this. Envelopes will be handed out at training. All players must have their photo taken even if they aren't purchasing a photo package.
The photographer uses a mobile green screen truck so he comes to Leonay Oval. Please come to the bottom field on the night where you will see the truck. If for some reason you have any green clothing or jewellery visible, that will show up weird in photos so avoid green on the night.
The outlook was bleak on Saturday morning when we woke to pouring rain for Round 1. We had a big day planned for Sunday and didn't want the rain to spoil our party! Thankfully, although the rain was consistent on the Saturday, it cleared up overnight to produce a glorious day for rugby league on Sunday. For those of you who don't know, I am an English teacher so I do enjoy writing a word or two - these could get lengthy! Let's round up Round 1!
SATURDAY ROUND 1 SUMMARY
Mini Teams: All of our little Under 6s (the 6/1s had a bye) had a win in what was a first competition game for many of the players. Nice work by the Baby Emus!!! Our 7/1s contested a hard-fought 22-22 draw while the 7/2s travelled up the mountain to a very chilly Katoomba Showground where they won 24-16. The 7/3s had their opposition forfeit on them so they take the 2 points easily in their first game! Unfortunately the 8/1s went down 14-10 to St Marys in a tough-fought contest in the final match of the day at Leonay Oval. After going up a division after their grand final win last year, the 8/2s came up with the goods against Brothers defeating them convincingly 30-4. Nathan King, in his first year of coaching at Emu, took the 8/3s to a 20-20 draw against Waratahs. A great effort all round from our littlest Emus in Round 1 and I'm sure the boys and girls had fun in the mud!
Mod Teams: Our mod teams had a great start to season 2013 with just the 11/2s losing, at it was ever so close on the scoreboard, going down by just 4 points in their 14-10 loss to Glenmore Park. The 11/1s had it all over St Marys in their 36-6 win while the 11/3s came from behind against Minchinbury at half time to defeat them 28-22. The 9/1s won their game against Western City Tigers comprehensively with a 28-12 win, while the 9/2s who have gone up a division after their grand final win last year, smashed Cambridge Park 40-4. Our 10/1s had the bye but our 10/2s travelled down to a very wet Peppertree Oval and defeated St Clair 30-10 with Jai Lane carving up in defence. Well done to all our mod teams on a great start to the season.
International Teams: The Saturday International teams experienced mixed results but all showed promise for what will surely be a big 2013 season for all teams. The 12/1s continued their hard slog in Division 1, going down 38-10 to Brothers while the 12/2s carved out an impressive win against St Marys at Leonay, taking the 18-12 win. The 13/1s are starting their season on top, beating Quakers Hill 28-14. The 13/2s also had the goods over Quakers Hill, beating their seconds side 22-12. Our 13/3s were playing under-strength with just 10 players so struggled against Cambridge Park, going down 40-8. The 14/1s went down 28-6 to the usual big St Marys boys, while the 14/2s were defeated 22-16 in the Katoomba fog. Our 15/1s have been ravaged with injuries already (hopefully getting them out of the way early to come home stronger than ever!) so struggled against St Marys, going down 42-0. The 15/2s looked good in their game against Colyton/Mt Druitt but unfortunately went down narrowly 16-10 at Leonay Oval.
TONGA/SAMOA TEST MATCH RELAY
We had some late organising to do when we were called up for an exhibition relay at the Tonga/Samoa Test Match played at Centrebet on Saturday night. EPJRLFC Relay Coach, Wayne Pearce, took the boys along for a bit of fun and although we were two runners down, we were still competitive. The 2013 Penrith JL Relay will be run later in the season. In the coming weeks will get each team to have a run-off then the top two runners from each team will run-off against one another to determine a runner, first reserve and second reserve for each age group. We're going to give ourselves every opprtunity to take out the event in 2013!
SUNDAY ROUND 1 SUMMARY
In what is now becoming a tradition, Emu Plains took on St Marys in the first game of the season. We faced them in all five grades and contested the Pesle-Dicker Shield in A-Grade. The day was perfect for rugby league with the ground having held up overnight after the Saturday of rain.
Juniors: Our U16s, under the guidance of new coach Mark Savage, went down narrowly 24-22 but looked promising having only come together as a whole team late in the pre-season. The U17s had a hard-fought game but unfortunately went down 30-6 against Saints.
Seniors: The C-Grade side are looking good in 2013 and proved so with a refined win, taking it home 28-14 in the end. Reigning premiers, A-Reserve, went down 30-26 in a close encounter, but still look good so early in the season. Our A-Graders came out pumped up for a big one. Since its inception in 2011, the Pesle-Dicker Shield has been won by Emu Plains both years and they were looking for a three-peat. Tom Romer came away with a man-of-the-match performance in the 16-6 win, with Emu Plains JRLFC taking home the Pesle-Dicker Shield once more. The late 'Johnny Pez' loved nothing better than beating St Marys so it's always great to pay tribute to him by winning the game on the day.
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE...NO REALLY, IT'S REALLY BIG!
In my first year as secretary I don't think I could have asked for a better start to the regular season, other than the mild panic attack regarding the rain on Saturday! It was so heartwarming to see our community come together with our regular supporters, the FEGs and You Can Dance supporting the EPJRLFC on the day.
Since 2011, when former club president John Pesle passed away, we have contested the Pesle-Dicker Shield when playing against St Marys in the first round of the competition. Tony Dicker, from St Marys, who unfortunately couldn't be with us on the day due to illness, was represented by his sons Simon and Ben who joined the St Marys board and committee on the southern side of the field under the FEGs' tent. The Former Emu Greats
formed in 2011 and are made up of former players, coaching staff, committee members, sponsors and supporters. They get together formally at two games each year - for the Pesle-Dicker Shield and 'Back to Emu / FEGs Day' when Emu take on Brothers at Leonay Oval. It was fantastic to see so many of them at our presentation later in the evening, mixing with the new brigade of Emus and waxing lyrical about former glories. I'd like to thank the FEGs, particularly Kev Canning and Andrew Pesle, for their support on Sunday.
In paying tribute to two great club men in John Pesle and Tony Dicker, we also paid tribute to Glenn Patullo-Harrison who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago. His son Isaac plays in our Under 17s and younger son Elijah, plays in the Under 11s. The U17s paused for a minute's silence before their match and Leonay Oval came to a stand-still for one minute before A-Grade kicked off to remember Glenn. On the day, the girls from You Can Dance where Glenn's daughters Bethany and Rachel attend, sold tickets in five raffles with all money raised going towards the Patullo-Harrison family. The girls did a great job, raising over $1,300 in ticket sales. Thank you to those who donated prizes and purchased raffle tickets. The You Can Dance crew topped it off with a cheerleading performance at half-time of the main game. Later in the evening at Emu Sports Club we auction off two pieces of memorabilia to raise nearly $4,000 for the family. The U17s, John Corey and Wayne Pearce sold more than 400 raffle tickets at Emu Sports before our presentation also. To those of you who dug deep and supported the Patullo-Harrison family in such a sad time, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Glenn's brother Dave, speaking on behalf of the family, thanked everyone involved with the club for their kindness, support and overwhelming community spirit shown in the past few weeks.
We had a pretty big crowd down at Leonay on Sunday, with plenty of kids running around. It was great to see our little Emus watching the big boys go around on a sunny afternoon. Thanks to everyone who came down on the day and joined us at our presentation later that evening. The vibe at the field and back at Emu Sports was electric - let's hope that flows throughout the 2013 season. I'd also like to thank all the coaches, managers and trainers for their efforts so far this season. I hound them daily with emails and texts and they don't seem to be too bothered by me ;) They've done really well to get 32 teams onto the paddock for 2013 and I wish them every success as the year rolls on.
Finally, I'd like to thank the EPJRLFC Committee. Normally thank yous are left until the end of the season but that seems too late. I have worked closely with these amazing 15 people over the past few months preparing for the 2013 season and they deserve their thanks now rather than later. We're a mad but merry bunch of volunteers who can usually be found at Leonay Oval on a Saturday morning from around 5:30am and again on Sunday from around 6:30am, and we rarely leave until well after the sun goes down. They work their butts off all day, running the canteens, working the BBQs, cleaning the fields, ground managing and ensuring the days run smoothly. Somewhere in between all of that they watch and/or coach their own kids' teams, run around town for their non-rugby-league-playing kids, as well as deal with the trials and tribulations of normal life. Somehow, this is actually fun and we keep coming back, week in, week out, to do it all again.
Thank you to the best registrar ever Grant Townes, and his trusty side-kick Jodie Wallace. Thank you to my amazing assistant-secretary Sharon McMaster who also ensures our kids are running around in the red, white and blue gear each year. Thank you to Jason McMaster, Head of the BBQ, and the driving force behind our new amenities block currently being built on the top field. Thank you to Barry Buttifant for his outstanding ground managing who also manages two of our teams. Thank you to Cass Corey and Jo Pearce who make sure our canteens are stocked and run smoothly through out the day - they're also very helpful at picking things up from the Junior League Office at the same time as the Penrith Panthers teams seem to train - how very convenient! Thank you to Kel Peleti for your tireless efforts around our grounds - I think you sleep less than I do! A big thank you to J.C.(John Corey) who makes sure those fields are looking top-notch each week (with the help of Brad Boland and Matt Newton) and is always on-call to receive canteen deliveries - not only that, he coaches two of our Saturday teams! Thanks to our committee newcomers Jon Lester (also coach of the 6/3s) and Al Harding who are work-horses throughout the week as well as on weekends - Al will get 'Emu 4 Life' written on the fields in white paint sooner or later! Thanks to Paul Wallace for buying us dinner and baring the brunt of our "Where's Wally?" jokes! (LOL) Thanks to Wayne Pearce for looking after the relay team and putting so much effort into all our U6 kids. Thanks to Stephen Chester for his advice and support with the plethora of background operations, procedures and Sunday footy stuff that I had no idea about coming into this job. Most importantly he looks after the numbers as treasurer and I hate numbers (English teacher here, not a Maths teacher!) so I'm ever grateful for his commitment to the club. Although he's not on the committee officially, I also need to thank Peter 'Shrek' Howlett, who has worked tirelessly to seek and support our 2013 sponsors, run the season launch, be an unofficial Sunday coordinator, organise Glenn's wake, plan the Sportsman's Lunch and other 2013 events, and generally just work his butt off for our club. I'd like to thank Pete Foster, El Presidente Extraordinaire, for his unwavering committment to all the kids in our club. He has been up at the fields each week coaching an Under 6s side until they recently found a coach all while coordinating more than 50 kids across the whole U6s age group into 5 teams. He's made sure all teams have their equipment for the season, and made sure teams know exactly how to look after their balls! Pete has had a tough start to the year off the field so we're extremely grateful for all you do for our club and kids during such a hard time.
I brushed over him at the beginning but I need to give my final big thank you to Grant Townes. I threw him in at the deep-end, making him registrar for this season when we really had no idea what we were doing. Along with Jodie, they have managed to register 503 players for the 2013 season - an amazing feat within itself. He's also coach of the 9/2s and obviously, a Dad. I work in the city, leaving at 6am and returning at 6pm so he does all the running around for our kids and at Penrith JL. He organises and cooks dinner most nights, sorts out the homework, permission notes, school uniforms and all that fun stuff! People always say to me, "I don't know how you do it" or "How do you fit it all in?" and the answer is, Grant Townes. He's an amazing Dad and husband and myself, Maddie, Oscar and Max would be lost without him. If the last few weeks have shown me anything, it isn't the insanity of trials or drama of footy politics, it is the importance of family. I thank you for being such an awesome family man and dedicated Emu (4 life!) xo
Well that's it for the Round 1 Round-Up! If you're still reading, I thank you for tolerating my ramblings! Until next time, I hope you enjoy the photos I took over the weekend. If you have any happy snaps from the weekend that you'd like to share please don't hesitate to text them to me on 0423 512 848 or email them to me at email@example.com
Yours in Sport,Megan Townes
E M U P L A I N S J R L F C
If and when I am notified of game cancellations I will post it here and on our Facebook page immediately.
The Emu Plains JRLFC community is showing its strength as they come together to support the Harrison family. On Saturday afternoon, Lisa Morris organised a meat raffle and her girls Tanaya and Shantel sold tickets, while on Sunday afternoon the senior sides raised money at their team BBQ thanks to Shrek and Angela by passing the hat around and running a raffle. The FEGs (our old boys' club) have also made a donation to the wake at Emu Sports Club.
This Sunday we will be running a raffle during each game at Leonay Oval (five in total). Thanks to the crew from You Can Dance (where Glen's daughter Bethany dances) who will be walking around the grounds selling the tickets.
On Sunday evening at the Senior Presentation at Emu Sports Club we will be auctioning a framed 2013 Panthers jersey. Dave Patullo-Harrison (Glen's brother) organised for the jersey to be signed by Penrith players. A big thank you goes out to our sponsor ProFrame who have framed the jersey free of charge.
Thanks must also go out to the countless people from the Emu Plains JRLFC community who have directly helped out the Harrison family in this difficult time. You know who you are and what you've done.
All money raised by the club will go towards Glen's wake and be donated to the Harrison family to help support them at this difficult time.
Thank you to you all.