The Victorian Government has bowled up another major sporting coup for the Latrobe Valley, with the Melbourne Stars set bring the buzz of Big Bash League cricket back to the Valley later in 2018.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews joined members of the Melbourne Stars and local cricket fans at Moe’s Ted Summerton Reserve to announce the Stars will play a full Big Bash League match for points against the Adelaide Strikers in January 2019.
Televised live to an expected audience of about one million people, the historic match on 23 January 2019 will put the Valley in the national spotlight and boost the local economy with visitors flocking in to see the spectacle up close.
On top of this clash, the Melbourne cricket derby will trade city for country with the Stars and arch-rival Renegades set to collide in the Valley for a pre-season showdown later in 2018.
The announcement follows the success of the inaugural ‘Valley Smash’ between the Stars and Hobart Hurricanes in Traralgon in December 2017, which drew 5000 fans and drew thousands of children to community events across greater Gippsland leading up to the practice match.
Thanks to the Victorian Government’s unprecedented $85 million Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative, the Valley will soon be home to the best community sporting infrastructure, including here at the Ted Summerton Reserve with the planned $3 million cricketing centre of excellence to better support local teams.
As part of this funding, the Victorian Government has also invested $6.9 million to deliver an extensive program of major events and community sporting activities across the Valley. This includes bringing elite sports with regular pre-season games, coaching clinics and community carnivals including footy, soccer, basketball and cricket.
The major pipeline of sporting infrastructure projects in the Valley will create about 300 jobs in construction and 275 ongoing operational and support roles, providing a boost to the Valley’s economy.
Source: Vic Government