Cricket stars tell kids ‘stay safe’
THE MESSAGE New South Wales cricketers Doug Bollinger and Sean Abbott delivered was simple: don't drink drive, and have a Plan B.
They were in Grafton yesterday spreading the safety message as part of the Toyota Country Blitz, where two to three NSW players travelled to different parts of the state for three days.
Initial engagements with Black Toyota and South Grafton Public School saw the pair address sponsors and students, before a "meet the players" afternoon coinciding with junior cricket sign-ons.
For Bollinger, who has played 12 Tests, 39 One Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals for Australia, the chance to escape Sydney was a blessing.
"Sean and I probably have it better than the rest of the team, with Grafton and Coffs Harbour," he said.
"It is good to get away. We're about 14-15 weeks into our pre-season which has been going fantastic."
The pair's message to the students and junior cricketers may have been a cliche, but it was important nonetheless.
"We asked them to enjoy themselves doing whatever it was they wanted to do," Bollinger said.
"If they have a dream and want to follow it, follow it through. There's nothing better than doing it for your country, your family, or yourself."