In the pink
By STEVE SPINKS
THEY'RE pink, they're pretty and they're proud.
Well maybe they're not pretty, but their complexions are improving.
After all, we're not talking about a bunch of supermodels.
We are, in fact, talking about Eastern Districts' first grade cricket team.
Easts have taken the unusual step of donning pink shirts for the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League one-day cricket competition which started last night, all in the name of saying thank-you to a sponsor.
Now as you can imagine, the sponsorship hasn't come from a tractor dealership or a beer company.
The sponsorship has come from The Cosmetic Shop in Lismore.
Now everyone knows that sponsorship is integral to the survival of any sporting club.
Already Easts have the Goonellabah Newsagency and Mary Gilhooley's on board, but a cosmetic shop?
Could you imagine Steve Waugh or David Boon wearing pink in the name of sponsorship?
"Bruce Jobson (first grade captain) organised it with the owner (Peter Coronakes)," fast bowler Ian Gregory said.
"He (Coronakes) looked after us when we were at the Canberra (Hotel).
"He's an associate life-member of the club and he's continued to help us out.
"So in return we got pink shirts."
According to Gregory, the whole team loves the new colour, especially because it goes so nicely with cricket balls.
But don't think the change in colour means Easts are going soft ... they're just in touch with their feminine side.
The shirts debuted last night when Easts played Lismore Workers in a day-night match at Oakes Oval.
Asked if any of the players had become regular customers at The Cosmetic Shop, Gregory was unsure.
"No ... well, I don't think so," he laughed.
"Martin Tucker (batsman) has been sighted in there a couple of times trying on make-up and checking out brushes."
Looks like some Easts players may have more than just cricket gear in their kit bags this weekend.