Biil Jurotte is excited about playing baseball for NSW Country.
Biil Jurotte is excited about playing baseball for NSW Country.

Bill?s a country boy

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

EVEN though Bill Jurotte has been there and done it before, the young man is dead set jumping out of his skin about his recent selection in the NSW Country baseball team.

At various levels, the pitcher and third baseman has already been selected in the Country team three times but last time he had to pass the opportunity up which explains his excitement at being back in the team.

"The third time I got picked I didn't go because I couldn't afford to go to Perth," the 22 year-old said.

"The help I've got from Marty at the Coffs Hotel has been important, otherwise I don't think I'd be able to again."

Jurotte is thankful for any financial help coming his way as this year's provincial championships in April are being held in Auckland.

"Three or four years ago was their first year in the competition," he said.

"It's just their turn to host them."

Jurotte might be rapt that he's been picked but admits to being surprised.

As Coffs didn't enter a representative team into the state's country championships, the left handed bat played for the Macleay Valley team and is the first to say that his form didn't meet the lofty expectations that he places on himself.

"I went shithouse," he said bluntly.

"It was just the few good games that I had was when the selectors were there. They've heard of me before from when I pulled out so that helped I think."

Jurotte is still trying to raise funds for the 10-day carnival and once again the Coffs Hotel is bending over backwards to help.

On January 28 a fund-raising dinner is being held with hopefully some great memorabilia to purchase on the night to help send Jurotte on his way.



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