Singleton junior cricketer, Alex Stafa, has pulled off a conspicuous representative selection.
The Broke Public School Student has been selected in the New South Wales Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) Boys Cricket team.
His pace-bowling impressed while representing the Hunter during the PSSA State Championships in Orange from Monday, November 20 to Thursday, November 23.
Stafa is also handy with the bat and had the opportunity to showcase his skills throughout the carnival.
This representative feat has not been achieved since 1990, when two Singleton Heights students – Luke Knight and Chris Janetski made the cut.
In the lead up to the state champs, the talented youngster gained a spot in the U13’s Hunter Valley Cricket Council side to tour in January 2018.
And, after the PSSA carnival in Orange travelled to Inverell to play for Central North in attempt to gain selection in the State Challenge side, alongside fellow Singleton junior and Hunter Valley rep, Jo Druery.
Alex’s proud mum, Belinda, says they were pleasantly surprised when the NSW PSSA team was announced.
“We are stoked for him and super proud of his efforts and determination,” she says.
“All his hard work and preparation has payed off.”
On the first day of the carnival Hunter (1/70) defeated Western (10/69) with Stafa taking an effortless catch in the field and a wicket (1/9).
The side carried their good from into the next match on the Tuesday, securing a win over Riverina.
Stafa making a valuable contribution with both bat (18 not out) and ball (2/12).
Belinda says batting at number 9 he made a quick 18 runs to seal the win and took a cracker of a catch in the field.
The boys luck ran out on Wednesday when they went down to the eventual winners - CIS (Combined Independent Schools).
With the opposition only losing three wickets as they chased Hunter’s total (10/74).
And, although Hunter (8/146) suffered another loss against Polding (2/148) on the final day, Stafa recorded some impressive batting stats. He scored 37 runs from 25 balls, smashing out six 4’s.
Stafa will head to Sydney after Christmas for a four-day training camp in preparation for when he represents his state in January at the School Sports Australia (SSA) Cricket Championships.
They will be held from will be held from January 5 - 12.
“It’s exciting times ahead,” Belinda says.