Australian cricket legend David Boon appeared at Broomehill Cricket Club on Monday as part of a regional tour around the State’s Great Southern region. Boon inspired starstruck youngsters from around the region with skill drills before cracking gags and telling colourful stories about his career later in the evening. WACA Great Southern coach Jarrod Hansen co-ordinated the training session while Boon alternated between the groups offering handy tips to eager cricketers. Boonie played 107 tests in his 12-year career for Australia, scoring 7422 runs at an average of 43.65 with 21 centuries and 32 fifties. He also played 181 One Day Internationals in the green and gold, scoring 5964 runs at 37.04 including five hundreds and 37 half-centuries. Now chairman of Cricket Tasmania and an ICC match referee, Boon has a packed calendar all year but said it is important to give back to community cricket. “I have a break in my schedule and I like to go back to the country and get back to grassroots cricket,” he said. “It really warms my heart how enthusiastic the young kids are and I’m very fortunate that I can come to a club like this. “If I can help inspire a young kid to have a dream to play cricket, then I know I’ve contributed something.” It wasn’t just the kids who were relishing in the Aussie cricket icon’s presence as more than 50 people gathered in the pavilion to hear stories and tales about his career over frosty beverages. Katanning’s Steph Pontillo brought a banner that she made for the former opening batsman and hung over the WACA fence during an ODI in 1993. Boon also visited Jerramungup, Mt Barker, Albany and Denmark as part of his Great Southern tour co-ordinated by Mouse Promotions.