It has taken 16 years for Lloyd Payne to secure Mooroopna’s budding cricketers the chance to play on the big stage at a Boxing Day test.
But after nominating every year for Milo in2cricket players to have the chance to take part in the biggest day on the Test calendar, the co-ordinator was rewarded.
Eight enthusiastic seven and eight-year-olds headed to the MCG, where they showed off their skills in front of 88000 fans during the lunch break.
With the opportunity too good to refuse, Apryl Smith even changed plans to head interstate for Christmas in order to take her son Jett to the event.
Official confirmation Mooroopna’s juniors had been chosen came through just days before Christmas, with Smith reorganising the family’s trip.
‘‘We were supposed to go back to South Australia for Christmas, but we changed that,’’ she said.
‘‘The opportunity might never happen again to go and play at a Boxing Day Test.’’
Smith said it was a phenomenal visit for parents and kids alike.
‘‘It was awesome, the kids loved it, the parents loved it and we stayed for the whole day,’’ she said.
‘‘They loved it, my son’s been to the MCG a lot, but for some of the others it’s their first ever visit, so to play there with 88000 (in the stands) was fantastic.’’
When they are not playing on the most important ground in the country, Milo in2cricket juniors continue to learn new skills on Friday nights.