High fives for rising star Emma

SASI scholarship holder Emma de Broughe  will represent Australia in hockey at the Youth Olympics Qualifying Tournament in Port Moresby between April 21 and 29 to cap off a hectic start to 2018 for the young star

Emma de Broughe

DOWN time is not in the vocabulary of champion young sportswoman Emma de Broughe.

Juggling Year 12 studies at Sacred Heart College, a stint with the women's Adelaide Strikers' cricket team as its Under-18 rookie, and a blossiming career in hockey has kept the de Broughe household on the go.

Emma, 17, recently was selected in the Youth Olympics Qualifying Tournament in Port Moresby between April 21 and 29 after excellent games at the recent under-18 national titles in Launceston.

Emma made the nine-member team, while fellow SASI athlete Hattie Shand, 18,  was chosen as a shadow athlete.

That means she could come into the team if one of the nine players was injured or could not make the trip for other reasons.

The competition is played under a Hockey 5s format - a modified game with five players on the ground and played on a smaller field.

Emma said she could not wait for the Port Moresby competition.

''I'm looking forward to testing myself and experiencing a new culture,'' Emma said.

''I was happy with how I went at the nationals and training has been good. I have appreciated the help from SASI to be able to keep my fitness and skills up.

''With my cricket I really enjoyed the experience of seeing how a professional team goes about their preparations.

''At this stage I am happy doing both cricket and hockey but it has been very busy with school too.''

SASI coach and Australian junior women's coach Tim White said both Emma and Hattie had performed well to make the team and shadow respectively.

''Both have worked so hard and have made really good progress in the past 12 months or so,'' White said.

''They are great young girls and are highly driven.

''It is hard to get picked in these teams. The Hockey 5s is a new concept and is very fast paced.''

The rare spare time Emma has could be used to follow the Crows in the AFL and West Adelaide in the SANFL where her grandfather Brian played 131 league games between 1958 and 1968.

Australia will compete against Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu in the Oceania qualifier with possibly the top two countries advancing to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in October - the hockey competition also modified with 12 countries competing.

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