MATT Job is proof that dreams do come true.
The 12-year-old is preparing to follow in the footsteps of some of Australia's past and present cricketing greats after being selected for the NSW side competing in the National All Schools Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) boys' cricket titles.
Wollongbar Public School pupil Matt will line up alongside some of Australia's most promising young cricketing talent at the Barossa Valley, South Australia, event. He is the only Far North Coast representative in the state squad.
Proud father Nathan said his son was eagerly awaiting the tournament.
"I am really happy for him," he said.
"This was a dream for him and a goal he set himself.
"As a parent, you are always delighted when your kids set themselves goals and achieve them.
"This will be a huge experience for him. He is ecstatic."
Matt, a Year 6 pupil who also is captain of his school, initially caught selectors' eyes after impressing in zone trials.
The wicketkeeper/batsman then starred at the recent NSW PSSA event in Armidale, which doubled as selection trials for the state team.
He struck 60 during one match and kept wicket securely.
Mr Job said his cricket-loving son, who plays for the Alstonville junior side, Ballina under-14s and the Clunes under-16 teams, enjoyed life behind the stumps.
"Matt loves the challenge of keeping wicket," he said.
"He likes to concentrate and the involvement of being fully involved in the game."
The 12-strong NSW squad will travel to Sydney on December 4 for a few days training.
As well as honing their skills, players will also be presented with state caps at a special ceremony at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
They will then travel to South Australia for the tournament, which runs from December 9-15.
The NSW side will play other states and territories in 50-over matches.
Mr Job said his son was eager to test his skills alongside the elite juniors.
"He is looking forward to the bigger challenge," he said.
"Some of the best kids in Australia will be down there (and) I think people like Michael Clarke, Adam Gilchrist and the Waugh brothers have played in the tournament before.
"He cannot wait and is really excited."
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