Cricket superstars set to shine over long lunch
JOHN Robertson's love of cricket is one shared by many in the region.
None more so than his father-in-law, Cricket Australia's national chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns.
Mr Hohns is a partner in Pier 33 at Mooloolaba, alongside Mr Robertson, Mr Hohns' son, Andrew, and Hew Williams.
They are using that love of cricket to put on an afternoon for the ages for local lovers of leather on willow.
Pier 33 will host its "Out for 33” Cricket World Cup and Ashes lunch on Friday, June 28.
Former national coach Darren Lehmann, a World Cup winner himself, along with ex-fast bowling superstar Ryan Harris and limited overs batting dynamo Chris Lynn will speak as special guests at the function, hosted by MC Evan Bancroft.
Mr Robertson said they'd been wanting to deliver functions with a difference, in a bit of a throwback to the more relaxed sports lunches of yesteryear.
"It's not a corporate gig,” he said.
He tipped some "provoking” content to come out of the event, in light of the recent ball tampering saga, and the rebuild undertaken by Australian cricket, which had culminated in a World Cup run which was on track for success.
Mr Robertson said they would canvass where cricket was at now, where it had been and where it was going, through the star-studded panel.
"We're not going for crude and rude,” he said.
He said the sandpaper saga had challenged Australia as a "sporting nation” but he could see a passion for the game reigniting through the adversity.
For information head to pier33.com.au.
The event came after Test captain Tim Paine and batsman Travis Head dropped in on Matthew Flinders Anglican College cricketers late last week, in the nets with ex-fast bowling coach David Saker.