BIG DAY: Young cricketers learn some skills on the fine Gabba turf.
BIG DAY: Young cricketers learn some skills on the fine Gabba turf. Contributed

Little cricketers visit the Gabba

EIGHT lucky Ipswich junior cricketers snapped up the once-in-a-lifetime chance to train alongside their Aussie idols at the Gabba earlier this week.

Swifts mini-cricketer Jake McPhail was the lucky winner of a Milo competition which gives kids the chance to attend skills clinics with members of the Australian team.

As part of the prize, Jake was able to take seven mates along, so he didn't hesitate to take Jai, Bailey, Nash, Lorne, Blake Xander and Phoenix with him.

Aussie opener Joe Burns meets Ipswich’s up and coming cricketers Jake McPhail and Blake Colburn. Also pictured is Jake’s dad Wayne.
Aussie opener Joe Burns meets Ipswich’s up and coming cricketers Jake McPhail and Blake Colburn. Also pictured is Jake’s dad Wayne.

The lads were lucky enough to meet stars like Peter Siddle, Dave Warner and Joe Burns after enjoying some time testing their skills on the legendary Gabba surface.

There was plenty of time for a Q & A with the Aussie cricket legends, as well as some autograph signing.

Jake's mum Ellen McPhail said the boys were dumstruck when they rubbed shoulders with their heroes.

"One of the boys was in shock - he didn't know what to do," Mrs McPhail said.

"The players were really good with them, telling the boys that they were doing the same things at that age.

"It was a really good opportunity for them and I'm sure it will inspire them to work hard at their cricket."

Bailey Vukelic meets Aussie pace bowler Peter Siddle.
Bailey Vukelic meets Aussie pace bowler Peter Siddle.


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