The 2019-20 season has seen Emma awarded her first Statewide Super SA Scorpions contract and the dual-sportswoman is frantically, but successfully, balancing hockey and cricket.
Blasting the opening two kilometre time trial of Scorpions pre-season, the batting allrounder produced a time that many aspiring young athletes would envy.
Growing up in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, Emma plays club hockey for Seacliff and Statewide Super Premier Cricket for reigning 50-over premiers, Sturt.
Emma has recently returned from Lismore, where she represented South Australia in under 21s hockey, with an Australian team to be selected from this carnival for a New Zealand tour in October.
Reaching the Youth Olympics qualifiers in 2018 in Papua New Guinea, Emma failed to reach the final Olympic hockey team, but has not let that dishearten her.
Easygoing and modest with a placid – almost country-like – drawl, Emma carries a largely unfazed and uncomplicated attitude to life.
The overlap of hockey and cricket (not to mention, a Bachelor of Psychology (honours)) could prove tricky, but for now, the 18-year-old is taking things as they come.
Tell us a bit about your background?
I grew up in Parkholme and am in the same house I have always lived in with my mum, dad and my brother, who also plays hockey. I played some knockout footy, touch footy, basketball and soccer through school. I finished year 12 at Sacred Heart last year and am now at uni doing Psychology.
How would you describe your bowling?
Medium-pace, with a bit of outswing.
What’s your favourite restaurant or café in Adelaide?
Bowl Society! It’s my local.
Any major injuries?
I had a lower back injury which I played with through an under 21s hockey tournament and I have had shin splints for the last few years. I’ve found I can manage it through icing after hard sessions and avoiding hard surfaces where possible. Plus, I have a strength and stretching program that helps.
What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome in sport?
I haven’t really had a major injury – nothing really stands out that much. The hardest thing is managing the two sports, getting the balance right and making sure I keep improving with both.
Go-to coffee order?
Favourite school subject?
What’s a movie you’ve watched over and over?
I like Shutter Island. I really like Fight Club. Oh, and Gone Girl!
I have two dogs – they’re little Maltese x Silky Terriers named Shadow and Brodie.
Who is your cricket hero?
I always liked Mitchell Johnson – he was my favourite! Now it’s probably Pat Cummins.
Who are you most looking forward to playing alongside?
Probably Shooter (captain Megan Schutt and fellow Sturt player). I haven’t played much with her. A few games at Sturt but not much at all.
Who is the bossiest Scorpion?
Probably Annie (O’Neil)!
Who is the biggest pest?