Orange Emus keeping head above water in 70th anniversary season

In their 70th season, Orange Emus president Steve Fergus is pretty happy with how things are going at his club in Central West NSW. After a few tough years, Emus have played in the past four Central West first grade grand finals, winning in both 2015 and 2016 before falling just short against Forbes last month in the 2017 decider. But while things are looking fairly positive both on and off the field, Fergus admits financially even the strongest rugby clubs can struggle to make ends meet. “Like most clubs, we’re run completely by volunteers and although we’ve got some fantastic people involved at Emus, at times it can be really tough,” Fergus said. “We pour every cent we earn back into running the footy club and even recently when the club has been going well on the field, it’s still been tight. “That’s us in a big town, I can only imagine how much harder it would be for the smaller clubs around the country,” he added. Earlier this year, Emus offered
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