The 2017 Imparja Cup has seen a record number of players take part, with more than 500 cricketers competing in Major Centre Men, Community Men, Community Women and Schools Divisions this week in Alice Springs.
Held in conjunction with the National Indigenous Cricket Championships, the annual Imparja Cup provides the opportunity for cricketers from across Australia to join a celebration of cricket, family and two strong cultures.
Eight teams competed in the Major Centre Men Division, where a dominant Tennant Creek remained unbeaten throughout the week. Batting first in the Grand Final against Alice Springs, a confident Tennant Creek reached 145, assisted by an impressive 59 not out from Marcus Maher. In reply, Alice Springs were unable to gain momentum and were all out for 97.
The Most Valuable Player Award went to Wussat Syed from Alkupitja, while Alice Springs captain Ryan Mallard took home the Spirit of Cricket Award. The Major Centres Division Team of the Tournament was named as:
- Wussat Syed (Alkupitja)
- Tim Hordingham (Tennant Creek)
- Reggie Smith (Alice Springs)
- Taki Shioji (Tennant Creek)
- Nigel Lockyer (Alkupitja)
- Shannon Johnson (Top End Thunder)
- Thomas Gillett (Tennant Creek)
- Dale Hillen (Katherine)
- Gordon Mallard (Alice Springs)
- Trevor Presley (Alkupitja)
- Brian Rowse (Desert Eagles)
- Andrew Baker (Tennant Creek)
The Community Men Division saw 16 teams vying for the title, where a determined Red Centre Wranglers (128) took out the title in the grand final under lights against Brothers in Arms (120).
John Chisholm from the Brothers in Arms was awarded Most Valuable Player while the Spirit of Cricket Award went to Chad Barnes of the Timber Creek Dingoes. The Community Men Division Team of the Tournament was named as:
- John Chisholm (Brothers in Arms)
- Makiu Satour (Red Centre Wranglers)
- Andrew Sau (Anmatjere All Stars)
- Desmond Jones (Timber Creek Dingoes)
- Steve Renehan (Ityepintye Renegades)
- Jason Barnes (Timber Creek Dingoes)
- Baden Peckham (Ityepintye Renegades)
- Zac Motlop (Timber Creek Dingoes)
- Eric Campbell (Red Centre Wranglers)
- Reece Emmins (Red Centre Wranglers)
The Community Women Division had a record eight teams taking part and the grand final saw six time defending champions, the Bush Potatoes, beat a spirited Ladeez Cricket Team by 7 wickets.
The Most Valuable Player Award went to Febi Mansell from South Australia while the Ladeez Cricket Team 2 took out the Spirit of Cricket Award. The Community Women Division Team of the Tournament was named as:
- Febi Mansell (South Australia)
- Melissa Liddle (CAAMA)
- Lavinna Saville (Bush Potatoes)
- Sarah Roberts (Bush Potatoes)
- Stephanie Austin (South Australia)
- Nikki Crafter (Tennant Creek)
- Phynea Maher (Ladeez Cricket Team)
- Deanne Willetts (CAAMA)
- Megan Bathen (Central Stars)
- Rose Moore (Bush Potatoes)
Eleven school teams participated in a MILO T20 Blast Schools Cup at Traeger Park during the Imparja Cup, with talented performances and enthusiasm on display from the NT’s future cricket stars.
The Imparja Cup is supported by the Northern Territory Government, Lord’s Taverners NT, Yeperenye Shopping Centre, Imparja TV, Cricket Australia and the Alice Springs Town Council.
The Imparja Cup supports the NO MORE campaign which uses the community power of sport to change the way the public views family violence.
The NT Cricket Facebook page features photos of the event.
The Imparja Cup and National Indigenous Cricket Championships fixture and scores are available here.