St Joseph’s Primary School pupils were starstruck when the green machine of cricket rolled into town last week.
After their loss against the Sydney Thunder in Albury on Tuesday, the Melbourne Stars stopped in at St Joey’s on the way back to the city for a workshop with the kids.
After a speech on the importance of sportsmanship from Stars player Gemma Triscari, the pupils combined to create a huge line for autographs.
Stars skipper Kristen Beams said going to schools like St Joey’s was a great way to give back to the community, and get more youngsters involved in the game.
‘‘It’s something we love doing, coming into schools like this and having the chance to talk to the kids,’’ Beams said.
‘‘We always look forward to doing this sort of thing and we hope that it lends a great pathway for the kids to get into the game later on down the line.’’
St Joey’s pupil Owain said it was ‘‘awesome’’ to have the Stars come to school.
‘‘It’s really cool to have them. We were given a bouncy ball and all of their signatures to keep,’’ Owain said.
‘‘I don’t play for a club, but I’m pretty good at cricket I reckon.’’
The Stars have suffered a slow start in the Women’s Big Bash League, with three straight losses, starting with an 86-run loss to top-of-the-ladder Sydney Sixers.
That was followed up with an eight-wicket loss to the Sydney Thunder in Albury, before losing again to the Thunder in Penrith by nine wickets.
Beams said although it was not the start the side was hoping for, she still had high hopes for her team.
‘‘No it’s not a great start, but we’ve been experimenting quite a bit with our side, as most of them are still quite young,’’ she said.
‘‘So I think it’s only a matter of time before we click and get a winning combination.’’
The Women’s Big Bash League side will take on the Brisbane Heat away at the Gabba tonight at 7.40pm with hopes of picking up its first win of the campaign.
The men’s Melbourne Stars Big Bash League side also start their campaign tonight, against the Heat.