Emma Hurlston reaches 250

By Daniel Hughes

Finley Football Netball Club were extremely proud to celebrate Emma Hurlston's 250th senior game in Round 16 at Finley's home courts on Saturday, August 3. 

The local star has been heavily involved in the club throughout the juniors and after a break, resumed her commitment to the club from 2003.

Walking out on the court in her 250th game brought quite a surprise to the defender with all the support she received from her family, team and the FFNC members.

"It’s wonderful (to reach this milestone). Obviously it’s real to be apart of Finley Football Netball Club which I have been for all my juniors," Hurlston said.

"My friend talked to my mum to make sure she was down there so the surprise did sneak in but it was wonderful.

"Prior to that I wouldn’t have had a clue what number I was up to.

"It was really lovely, the whole club including Football senior coach Tom Doyle were lovely and very supportive.

"I had a lovely guard of honour which I got to run down with my daughter who’s just coming through the ranks now in Under 13s."

Emma has been actively involved In the club since 2003, both on the court and committee levels.

According to the FFNC she played with so much passion and the club is lucky to have a competitor like her.  

Emma’s senior career with the club has been filled with some great achievements, speaking volume to the competitor and person she is on and off the court.

Some of these include being the FFNC B grade Best and Fairest winner in 2012, 2015 and 2017; MFNL Best and Fairest winner in 2015 and 2017; grand final winner in D grade in 1993 and grand finalist in 2017 and 2018. 

Emma also participated actively off the court as she coached B grade in 2004, 2012, 2013 and 2017.

She believes that there is a bright future in the club being heavily involved in the junior programs as a mentor, umpire and is ready to give her spot up in the team if it means seeing the club thrive with young talent.

"I do absolutely love my netball and as long as the club needs me as a player then I’ll be there for them as a player," she added.

"But in saying that I’m a huge promoter of junior talent coming through the ranks which the always have been which is why I was so excited about my B grade roles.

"I'm often prepping the girls to get up to A grade so if there’s young talented people to take the court, I would gladly step aside for those girls."