Melbourne Stars and the Hawthorn Football Club have faced off in a special nets session at the mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Normally known for their skills with the oval-shaped ball, Hawthorn Premiership footballers Jarryd Roughead, Luke Breust and Matthew Suckling were put through their paces by Stars cricketers John Hastings, Tom Triffitt and Jackson Bird - but with the smaller round ball in the nets session at the MCG.The Stars played host to an edition of the Hawthorn Football Club Ultimate Athlete challenge, in which each competitor received three opportunities to rattle the stumps of their Stars counterparts.
Hawthorn tagger Liam Shiels was also in attendance playing the role of interviewer, quizzing his teammates after they exited the nets.
A unique bond exists between the Hawthorn footballers and the Stars players, with Hastings an avid Hawthorn fan, and the Hawks players regular supporters at Stars matches.
“I’m just glad the boys could come down today and we could exchange a few shirts and have a few laughs and a bat a bowl,” Hastings said.
Hastings and Roughead faced the media prior to the start of the nets session discussing their tactics.
“I’ll keep them on their toes, I don’t want them slogging me over my head and having bragging rights over me,” the Stars all-rounder said.
A response Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead didn’t take too kindly.“If he wants to come to Hawthorn games this year he’ll be putting them just outside off and in the hitting range,” the goal kicking machine said.
Despite Hastings' affection for the Hawthorn Football Club, he didn’t hold back when he got the chance to face up to the Hawthorn bowlers.Camera crews and news crews were lucky to escape unscathed as the Stars all-rounder started to get his eye in ahead of the Stars’ crucial next match against the Perth Scorchers on Wednesday night.
Bird welcomed Roughead to the crease with a venomous delivery that sent the Hawthorn spearhead’s head-cam flying.
To their credit the Hawthorn players didn’t look out of place, perhaps a sign of their strong affiliation with the MCG and the Grand Final success they’ve experienced at that ground over the last two seasons.
On September 27, 2014 the Hawks claimed their second premiership in a row, with Roughead and Breust standout performers.
The Stars players will no doubt be extracting every ounce of finals knowledge from the Hawthorn players with BBL finals action just around the corner.
Step one, is concurring the Perth Scorchers tomorrow night, and all Stars fans are urged to come decked out in green and support their heroes!