Brodie needs a hand for State rugby league titles
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
SPORT always brings up its share of hard luck stories but there's always that extra tinge of sadness when it involves a junior chasing their dreams.
At only 11 years of age, Brodie Delavante just lives for football.
With his younger brother Dion, Brodie can't get enough of rugby league.
If it's on TV, he'll watch it.
If the weather's good and there's time, he'll practice it and if it's being talked about, he'll listen.
He's a dab hand at the game when he takes the field for the Sawtell under 11s.
Playing since the age of six, young Brodie has already built up a decent collection of trophies reflecting his abilities.
Now Brodie has been selected in the primary schools North Coast team to play in Junee over a three day carnival and it seems that family finances have become an issue that could force the second-rower's withdrawal from the team.
As the father of the diehard rugby league boys, Gary Delevante admits that help has been forthcoming from Sawtell's junior rugby league club with a large raffle organised and Bonville Public School has set up a fund where members of the public can make donations.
At this stage the family are still well short of the amount required to fund Brodie's participation in the state championships which would give the youngster a step toward reaching his goal of playing in the top flight one day.