Southern Stars Visit The Lodge

The Southern Stars spent time at The Lodge with Lucy Turnbull. Photo: Sourced. 

The Southern Stars spent time at The Lodge with Lucy Turnbull. Photo: Sourced. 

By Laura Jolly

What do you do the morning after a massive win when you're the Australian women's cricket team?

Pay a visit to the Prime Minister's pad for scones and tea with Lucy Turnbull, of course! 

Not only did Meg Lanning and the Southern Stars get a rare opportunity to tour The Lodge, they were also among the first to visit since its $10 million refurbishment- an operation years in the making that was only finished late last month.

Not a bad pad. Welcome to The Lodge, where the Prime Minister of Australia lives. Photo: Sourced. 

Not a bad pad. Welcome to The Lodge, where the Prime Minister of Australia lives. Photo: Sourced. 

On Wednesday morning, The Delivery headed along to see the likes of Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy and Holly Ferling rub shoulders with big political names including Federal Minister for Sport Sussan Ley and Senator Penny Wong.

Ms Turnbull was quick to grab a group snap with the team and some of the ACT's most talented young female cricketers in The Lodge's luscious gardens, before everyone had a chance to tuck into some tea, scones and lamingtons.

A tour gave the girls a chance to take a squiz at The Lodge's restored wood panelling and the huge array of art work – including works from Indigenous artists and female Australian artists - selected from the National Gallery by Ms Turnbull… while a few eager people were eyeing off the tempting pool on a warm Canberra morning!

Holly Ferling met some Southern Stars fans at The Lodge. Photo: Sourced. 

Holly Ferling met some Southern Stars fans at The Lodge. Photo: Sourced. 

"This is a pretty nice house actually, I wouldn't mind it for myself!" Stars batter Beth Mooney said.

"This all raises the profile of women's sport, with politicians and high profile people in Australia talking about women's cricket. 

"It's nice to get recognised and this is probably just a small step in the direction of women's cricket in the future and hopefully it can continue to grow."

The Southern Stars are making a habit of trailblazing when it comes to Canberra and the Prime Minister, it seems.

They were ALSO the first people to meet Malcolm Turnbull in his first 24 hours as Prime Minister last year.

After being presented with a cricket bat from Lanning, Ms Turnbull reflected on her own days playing school cricket and the progress made by the world beating Australian team, who are ranked No.1 in all three formats and are the reigning World Cup champions in both limited-overs formats.

Lucy Turnbull receives a gift from Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning. Photo: Sourced. 

Lucy Turnbull receives a gift from Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning. Photo: Sourced. 

"It was great to hear Lucy speak, she's so relaxed and welcoming," Australian vice-captain Alex Blackwell said.

"Sussan Ley was as well and it was particularly pleasing for me to meet Penny Wong. She's someone I particularly look up to and we had a great chat which was awesome."