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Culture and community at forefront of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander T20 Cup

16 November 2020

Thunder join with the Sixers to acknowledge and celebrate the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture during NAIDOC Week

The Cricket NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander T20 Cup was held last Thursday and Friday at Raby Sports Complex in Campbelltown, with the Thunder men’s and women’s teams not only succeeding on the field but joining with the Sixers teams to acknowledge and celebrate the culture.

The Thunder Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s team won all three of their matches against the Sixers side. While Thunder’s women’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team prevailed 2-1 in their three-match series against the Sixers women’s side.

 

 

During NAIDOC Week, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander T20 Cup took place on Dharawal land whilst our WBBL team played games on both Darug land, at Hurstville and Blacktown, and on Wann-Gal land with games at Sydney Showground Stadium.

The Thunder teams each wore a specially designed Indigenous playing shirt designed by proud Yuin woman Rheanna Lotter; the same jersey worn by the Thunder WBBL team across the league’s First Nations Festival of Cricket across the weekend at Sydney Showground Stadium.

All four teams in Campbelltown paid respects to the land on which they stood during a special Barefoot Circle and smoking ceremony on Thursday morning, led by local Dharawal elder Uncle Ivan Wellington.

Among the other cultural acknowledgements and activities were a performance by local Aboriginal group Koorier Maang between the two matches on Thursday and a session with local schools on Friday morning.

Bringelly Public School, Robert Townson Public School and Blairmount Public School – all of whom have a high percentage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students – joined the players to participate in skill sessions, cultural painting and making wrist bands.

Thunder men’s captain and hard-hitting allrounder Ben Patterson, who has been part of the NSW and Thunder Indigenous teams for several seasons was another chance to get back to his community.

“It’s big. It’s not only a good tournament, but it’s a good pathway for young Indigenous cricketers to come forward showcase their talent and show the wider community that we have what it takes to progress through the ranks,” said the 24-year-old, who originally hails from Dubbo.

“It’s another chance to give back to community, and It’s an opportunity for me to mentor these young kids coming through with the cricket, and then off-field we stay together usually in the same place and it’s a chance for me to mentor a bit off the field.”

Sara Darney was leading run-scorer for the women’s tournament scoring 132 runs for the Thunder Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander side. James Whiting was a stand-out for the Thunder men’s team across the two days with 112 runs.

With the ball, Naomi Woods led the way for the Thunder taking five wickets at an average of 13.2 and Jack McDonald claimed four wickets.

The Sydney Thunder Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men’s and women’s XI’s are proudly supported by Homestar Finance who are entering their third season of supporting the initiative.

“It was great to be part of the 2 day competition and witness both the men’s and women’s team play outstanding cricket at side by side ovals in Raby," said Mandy Sly, Homestar Finance Executive.

"It offered the opportunity for the players and spectators from different location across NSW to come together and celebrate the Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders communities and their cricketing talent.”

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Men’s matches

Thursday

Thunder XI 7/131 (James Whiting 53) v Sixers XI 90 (Brett Russell 33, Brayden Wilson 3-17)

Thunder XI 3/148 (Yarran Fair-Townsend 68, Jack McDonald 47) v Sixers 7/120 (Brett Russell 73)

Friday

Thunder XI 4/157 (James Whiting 58) v Sixers XI 100 (Jack McDonald 3-7)

Women’s matches

Thursday

Sixers XI 6/117 (Sally Keeler 26, Naomi Woods 2-20) v Thunder XI 5/119 (Sara Darney 57, Taylor Ling 3-18) 

Sixers XI 9/128 (Emily Cross 26 notout, Naomi Woods 2-20) v Thunder XI 7/99 (Sara Darney 26, Naomi Woods 26, Taylor Ling 3-5)

Friday

Thunder XI 113 (Sara Darney 49, Taylor Ling 4-14) v Sixers XI 8/99 (Roxsanne Van Veen 40 not out, Sara Darney 3-20)  

Sydney Thunder men’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team

Name

Tribe/Mob

Brayden

Wilson

Darug

Ben

Patterson ( c )

Wiradjuri

Luke

Jones

Eora

Yarran

Fair-Townsend

Kamilaroi/Biripi

Daniel

Dellow

Wiradjuri

James

Whiting

Wiradjuri

Ethan

Fitzpatrick

Ngunnawal

Jacob

Murphy

Dharawal

Jack

McDonald

Wiradjuri

Adam

Burton

Kamillaroi

Taine

Martin

Biripi

Sydney Thunder women’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team

Name

Tribe/Mob

Amali

McNeill

Wiradjuri

Dimity

Parton

Wiradjuri and Yuwaalaraay

Naomi

Woods

Kamilaroi

Jordan

Cooper

Koori

Maddison

Spence

Wiradjuri

Sara

Darney

Wiradjuri

Julie

Muir

Wiradjuri

Lauren

Woods

Kamilaroi

Callee

Black

Wiradjuri

Julia

Moriarty

Yanyuwa

Rosie

Baumann

Butchulla