THE Shoalhaven District Cricket Club has secured an exciting addition to its Pink Stumps Day in the form of NSW Breakers player Stefanie Daffara.
Daffara will join captain Chris McCarron, and Kurt Quinlan, Zach Churchill, former Shoalhaven player now playing for ACT Under 19s Matt Condon, Jonathan Hill, Chris Nation, Ben Lahene and Alex Legge on the Southern Scorchers team that will take on the Northern All-Stars on March 16 for the annual Pink Stumps Day Twenty20.
Making up the Northern team is captain Jason Bell, and Michael Coulter, Scott Fagerlund, Rhys Fagerlund, Kerry Penfold, Dale Lovatt, Kieran Gray, Zac Blattner, guest player from Blacktown CC Nazir Shinwari, and Blake Munilla.
Daffara, 18, grew up on the South Coast and started 2013/14 as part of the Cricket NSW Academy Development Squad.
But impressive performances throughout the pre-season and trial matches saw her elevated to the Lend Lease Breakers squad in October 2013.
An all-rounder, Daffara bats in the top order and bowls medium pace.
She has represented NSW in youth cricket for several years and last summer was a senior player in the NSW u18 team which won the national championship.
Before playing the T20 Stefanie will be involved with “come and try” sessions to encourage girls to play cricket.
“It’s great that we have such an elite female player taking part in a day that focuses on improving women’s health, raises awareness about breast health in young women and also fund-raises to supply breast care nurses for all who are affected by breast cancer,” said Shoalhaven District Cricket Association president Cathy Russell.
To mark Australia’s official Pink Stumps Day the association is holding a dinner at Ablaze Brasserie this Saturday.
Tickets are $40 and guests can choose the “pink menu”, with the restaurant donating $10 from every ticket to the McGrath Foundation via the association’s fund-raising page.
If you want to ensure that you get a seat, please give Cathy Russell a call on 0400 342 309 to book, or contact the restaurant.
The night offers giveaways from local businesses, a silent auction and entertainment.
The association’s McGrath Foundation Pink Stumps Day fundraising page has made it to the four figure mark, courtesy of the Twenty20 players’ generous sponsors, individuals and Batemans Bay Cricket Club, which has challenged all other clubs to try to beat their donation.