The SACA, in conjunction with representatives from the South Australian Indigenous community, coordinates opportunities for indigenous people to be involved in the game of cricket.
Each year a state-wide carnival is run with teams from metropolitan and regional South Australia. A State team is selected to compete in the annual Imparja Cup, held in Alice Springs. Like South Australia’s Jason Gillespie, it is hoped that many young indigenous cricketers will get involved in the game at a young age to hopefully go on to play for the West End Redbacks and ultimately Australia. The South Australian team is known as the Southern Boomerangs. A new logo and identity has been developed to represent those playing for the state at the Imparja Cup.
If you would like be involved in the SACA’s Indigenous cricket program please contact Simon Allport at SACA on (08) 8300 3810.
2014 Imparja Cup
Monday 17 February 2014
The Southern Boomerangs have returned from the 2014 Imparja Cup held in Alice Springs from Sunday 9 to Sunday 16 February. While the team did not perform as well as they had hoped there were a number of good individual performances from our young players. In particular young quick Luke Lavender was named in the team of the championship the ‘Black Caps’. Luke will have the chance to play in the match against the ACA Masters at the start of next year’s championship. Luke took eight wickets in six matches with his best figures of 2/10 coming against the Northern Territory.
The Under 23 Development Squad and Scholarships that are usually announced at the Gala Dinner will announced after the season. The selection criteria will now take into accounts players’ performance at their local club as well as other national championships they may have been involved in.
To read more about the Southern Boomerangs at the Imparja Cup click here.
Lord's Taverners Statewide Indigenous Carnival
The Lord’s Taverners Statewide Indigenous Carnival has wrapped up for another year with Port Augusta claiming victory over Riverland in the Final at Park 25 No2. With picturesque playing conditions on both days’, teams from around the state enjoyed two days of good competitive cricket. Teams played three rounds of Twenty20 cricket with the final being played between the top two placed sides.
Click here to read the full wrap up and list of award winners
Future Aboriginal Stars chat with Behind The News
The Australian Indigenous XI took part in the inaugural Asia Pacific Rising Stars Trophy recently in Brisbane with Southern Boomerang and East Torrens District Cricket Club player Ayden McGregor-Baptista apart of the team. The ABC’s Behind The News caught up with some of the young aboriginal players about their experiences, click here to view the video.
Young Gun Visits Centre of Excellence
After an impressive 2013 Imparja Cup in Alice Springs, young Southern Boomerang and East Torrens District Cricket Club player Ayden McGregor-Baptista has just returned from the Centre of Excellence in Queensland. Ayden spent a week training with other COE scholars and the Australian Under 19 National team at the Allan Border Field.
Ayden was able to spend some time with the specialist coaches at the COE and then took part in an internal trial game. During the week Ayden also received some coaching in strength and conditioning, an integral part of a professional cricketer’s life.
Ayden will join the Imparja Cup Development Squad between 12-17 August when they take part in a Quad Series against Papua New Guinea, East Asia Pacific and The Australian Armed Forces at Allan Border Field.
North West Team visit Eyre Peninsula
On Thursday the 2nd of May, the North West Regional Team travelled all the way to the Eyre Peninsula, not only to introduce the newly appointed Country Cricket Development Officers, Mark Fisher and Ben Brown, but to also visit some very remote schools.
Travelling almost 1000km out of Adelaide, the team delivered a total of four clinics, to over 270 children. With the assistance of Harry Miller Jnr (Officer of Recreation and Sport), Yalata Aboriginal School and Koonibba Aboriginal School were visited where cricket skills and games were delivered to approximately 80 Indigenous children, who displayed so much talent. Crossways Lutheran School and Ceduna Area School also attended the clinics, making them an even greater success.
SACA and ORS in partnership provided 40 Milo In2Cricket packs to allow the children to play cricket on a regular basis. The North West Team thoroughly enjoyed their time away, and were able to meet lots of very talented young cricketers. Overall, the trip was a great success.
‘Reconciliation in the West: Recognise- It’s Time’
On Thursday the 30th of May, SACA was invited to attend Taundi College’s event ‘Reconciliation in the West: Recognise- It’s Time’ event. Hundreds of people attended the event to help celebrate Aboriginal culture and Identity, and support reconciliation in South Australia. Among the abundance of stalls and interactive activities, SACA was provided with the opportunity to hold an activity of their own on the college oval. Mini games and challenges were set up by the SACA staff to encourage people of all ages to ‘come and try’ throughout the day. ‘Where Can I Play’ flyers, players cards and MILO were given out to all players, as well as Talent ID cards to the young players who appeared to have potential. The SACA staff enjoyed teaching and learning in a different environment. Overall, Taundi College, Anglicare SA and Life Without Barriers were successful in running an enjoyable day of live performances, entertainment and interactive activities for people of all ages.
State Indigenous Player of the Year
Ayden McGregor-Baptista and West End Redback Dan Christian at the SACA Awards Night
Congratulations to Ayden McGregor-Baptista for being named the State Indigenous Player of the Year. Ayden had a fantastic season being selected in both the SACA U/15 and U/17 State teams. Ayden's form at the Imparja Cup also saw him selected in the U/23 Development Squad and was one of two male players to receive a scholarship.