he 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.
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.