BigBash League heads to the Northern Territory
Published: 12 January 2018
Alice Springs will host the Northern Territory’s first ever BBL and WBBL games next week, as the Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers take part in historic matches.Traeger Park will play host to the men’s game on January 13, while the women take to the pitch the following day.
Both teams will be wearing shirts designed by Aboriginal artists in celebration of Indigenous culture.
South Australian-based artists Mel Agius and Colleen Strangways designed the Striker’s shirts to represent the player’s journey from Karuna land in Adelaide to the place of the
Arrente people in Alice Springs.
Ms Strangways said it was a “real proud moment as an Indigenous woman” to design the shirts representing their culture.
“The 3 symbols here that represents the different communities so we have Adelaide, WA and Alice Springs as you can see represents the redness of the Earth and symbolises where the Strikers will be playing on Traeger Park,” she said.
“It's going to be the first time in Alice Springs that Strikers have come there and also played on that national level, and I know all the family back home are very excited to have all the teams there and specifically the shirt there because it's representing us and our culture and what land you're standing on.”
Dr Richard Walley OAM, a proud Nyoongar man, designed the Scorcher’s shirt, describing the process as “natural” to incorporate the shape of a boomerang into the design.
“Whenever you watch the cricket and they do the replays of where the balls been landing and bouncing up you see the shape of the boomerang continually,” he said.
“It creates an energy and a passion so I did a whole lot of those circles around where the ball bounces to create that energy.”
WACA Chief Executive Christina Matthews said that WA Cricket has a “strong focus” on Aboriginal programs in the North Territory, and hopes to follow the success of football in the Top End.
“Over the last two years we've employed our first full time Aboriginal cricket officer, set up an Aboriginal cricket advisory committee and are now developing a five-year plan,” Ms Matthews said.
“We've had strong growth, about 10 percent over the last two-to-three years in Aboriginal competition and Aboriginal players, and we really want to accelerate that.”
In July Australia will be sending an Indigenous XI to England, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first tour there of an Indigenous side.