The unenviable results of the Singleton senior AFL Hunter Central Coast teams have been swept under the rug this past fortnight such has been the dominance of the region’s talents at junior representative level.
Singleton Rooster quartet Lilly Jane Williams, Keeley Harris, Jessica Borg and Sarah Rich (captain) all contributed to the Hunter Under-12 representative team’s win over Central Coast last week.
And this was far from a competitive battle at the new Pasterfield Sporting Complex in Cameroon Park.
The Hunter side dominated its local rivals 12.13 (85) to 0.0 (0) in the opening game of the carnival.
All four Singleton Rooster juniors found plenty of the footy by all reports.
The theme continued in the following decider when the Hunter Under-12 representative team annihilated the Central Coast 22.20 (152) to 0.0 (0).
The winning side was well served by its Singleton contingent of Fintan Trickey, Blayne Chandler, Sam Broughton, Yarra Pappin and Orlando Emmett.
Emmett would go on to be named as the best on ground.
That hard work had clearly paid off several months later after the duo inspired the Hunter Under-17 representative team to a convincing 18.12 (120) to 1.5 (11) win over the Coastal teens.
It made for an eventful week for McCartney who would travel to Melbourne to play representative Rugby League while it also added to the long list of representative honours for Bates who also made his senior debut for Singleton in Round 1 this year.
Singleton teenage sporting prodigy Alex Stafa rounded off the winners’ list when featuring in the Hunter Under-15 representative team’s 16.13 (109) to 9.4 (58) victory.
Stafa, who is also considered one of the region’s finest cricket and soccer junior talents, has also been selected in to the NSWCHSSA U15S AFL team as well as the NSW Merit Side.
The Northern NSW side had one of their most successful state carnivals, placing them runners up in the public school sector and fourth for the state.
He told the Argus he had some disbelief when his name was announced in the side heading to Launceston later this year.
“Even though its going to be super cold, I’m keen for the challenge that other teams might give us,” he added.
Singleton’s Kalani Bates, sister of Jesse, has also made the Under-15 girls side.
Singleton Roosters secretary Sarah Williams concluded, “I’m extremely proud of our kids’ efforts.”
By Alex Tigani