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Woods sisters ready for Indigenous T20 Cup

02 December 2019

Thunder Indigenous XI to take on Sixers Indigenous XI in Rushcutters Bay this week

Naomi Woods said having the opportunity to play in some representative T20 cricket matches with her sister Lauren will be made even more special because it doubles as an opportunity to express the pride she feels for her Indigenous heritage.

The Woods sisters have been selected to this week represent Thunder’s Indigenous XI - presented by Homestar Finance - against the Sixers' Indigenous XI at Reg Bartley Oval in Rushcutters Bay.

Both teams, which consist of players from across NSW, will contest the Indigenous T20 Cup with the winner being decided after a three-match series that will be played over this Wednesday and Thursday.

According to Naomi, who is the youngest of the Woods sisters, the Indigenous T20 Cup’s focus on community and culture means every player is involved in something that is much more than “just cricket”.

“I have immense pride and satisfaction in representing my people and community,” she said. “To be able to represent not only Kamilaroi and my family but all Indigenous people is something I’m very proud of.

“I hope to achieve a greater insight into my people and community and create long lasting relationships and memories to pass onto my family.”

Naomi, who plays for St George-Sutherland, admitted she was excited about the prospect of playing alongside her sister.

“It’s not often we get to play together, so to do so playing for the Thunder Indigenous XI is a great achievement for the both of us,” Naomi said. “It’s a memory I’m sure we’ll cherish.

“To both be out there representing our people and community is awesome.”

Players from the Indigenous T20 Cup will also attend the Ensemble Theatre in Kirribilli, to visit the rehearsal room of Black Cockatoo, which is a new stage play about legendary First Nations cricketer Johnny Mullagh and Australia’s first ever international sporting team.

Indigenous T20 Cup Fixtures

Day 1 – Wednesday 4th December

Game 1: 10:30am

Game 2: 2:00pm

Day 2 – Thursday 5th December

Game 3: 8:45am

All fixtures will take place at Reg Bartley Oval, Rushcutters Bay. Entry to the Indigenous T20 Cup is free.

Thunder Indigenous XI, presented by Homestar Finance

Julie Muir (c) | Wiradjuri

Dharmini Chauhan | Wiradjuri

Dimity Parton | Wiradjuri and Gamillaraay

Naomi Woods | Kamilaroi

Veronica Gordon | Wiradjuri

Hannah Darlington | Kamilaroi

Sara Darney | Wiradjuri

Katarina McEwen | Whailan

Lauren Woods | Kamilaroi

Amali McNeill | Wiradjuri

Final position to be announced

For more information, please contact Sydney Thunder.