The idea for the tournament was formed by Imparja Cup co-founder Shane Franey and NT Cricket, to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to play more competitive cricket together and against one another.
The Yeperenye Shopping Centre sponsored the Aranda Indoor Cup which was played over two weekends, with five teams competing in the fast-paced indoor format. Franey’s team (BBQ Bandits) was joined by the Tangentyere group (4Corners) plus three teams of local players from Drug and Alcohol Solutions Australia (DASA), many of whom had not played competitive cricket before.
Matt Henderson, Regional Cricket Officer based in Alice Springs coordinated the tournament and said “the first-time players got right into the action and they were all surprised at how much fun and excitement is generated by the indoor game. The passion for the game is great to see and they pulled together well as a team”.
Franey’s ‘BBQ Bandits’ featured local and regular cricket players and shaped up as the team to beat. Throughout the minor rounds they regularly posted totals over 100, setting the benchmark for a strong competition. In the second round, the BBQ Bandits faced the DASA Dragons in the Final. In a stellar effort, the inexperienced Dragons kept the Bandits to a low total (74) before going on to win by just 4 runs, taking out the Cup Final in style.
NT Cricket thanks all those who helped make the tournament a success and looks forward to the competition growing in 2018.