Premier Daniel Andrews said, “This is another massive sporting coup for the Latrobe Valley – not only are we building the best facilities for community sport, we’re also giving locals the chance to see their sporting idols right here on their doorstep.”
The announcement follows the success of the inaugural Valley Smash – an official practice match between the Stars and the Hobart Hurricanes in Traralgon last December – which will be replicated in a pre-season Victorian Derby practice match this December against the Melbourne Renegades.
In March 2017, Stars President Eddie McGuire joined Premier Daniel Andrews in announcing $85 million for the Latrobe Valley Sports and Community Initiative to develop the state’s best community sporting infrastructure.
Earlier today McGuire reflected on that announcement and applauded the results for the region: “This is exactly the kind of major sporting event that we hoped to bring to regional Victoria when we announced last year that the Melbourne Stars would be making the Latrobe Valley our home away from home.
“We’re excited that the young kids of the Latrobe Valley have a chance to see their superstars up close and experience the magic of a Big Bash match in their backyard on January 23,” said McGuire.
“We would like to thank the Andrews Labor Government for its unprecedented investment in local infrastructure and major events that has helped bring the Stars to the Valley,” he said.
The Melbourne Stars is hoping the region will get behind the Club when tickets go on sale in October and Stars CEO, Clint Cooper, would like to see the event inspire the next generation of cricket Stars.
“A Stars match is the ultimate family day out and we’re excited to bring this event to the Latrobe Valley. We hope that our continued presence in the region will inspire even more boys and girls to head to their local cricket club with the knowledge they could be our next superstar,” said Cooper.
“Cricket is committed to the Gippsland region and this match, along with our pre-season Latrobe Valley practice match and our various community events throughout summer, is a demonstration of that commitment,” he said.