Emus walk tall
By STEVE SPINKS
THE Far North Coast cricket season is only minutes old and already two young players have won representative spots.
Casino's Todd Summers and Alstonville's Josh Murphy have been selected in the Northern NSW Emu Colts Under-21 team.
The Emus will tour New Zealand's South Island in January 2006.
Both players earned selection with good performances in the Emu trials at Tamworth recently.
Summers, an opening batsman, will line up for the Casino Cavaliers today in their Far North Coast LJ Hooker League first-round match against Lennox Head at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.
The right-hander toured New Zealand last season with the Bush Turkeys and scored heavily.
Summers, at 19, is in his third season of Hooker League and batted brightly for the Cavs last season.
Murphy, a left-arm seamer, will play for Alstonville against Lismore Workers at Hill Park Oval, Wollongbar.
Murphy broke into the Hooker League last season.
In other Hooker League matches today, Tintenbar-East Ballina will take on cross-town rivals Ballina Bears at Fripp Oval; Eastern Districts meet Southern Districts at Nielson Park, East Lismore; and Marist Brothers square off against Norths-Goonellabah RSL at Nesbitt Park, South Lismore.