The history and culture of Australia’s first peoples will be celebrated this weekend with round six of the Alice Springs Cricket Association season to be Indigenous Round.
Coinciding with NAIDOC Week, this week marks the first time Indigenous Round will be celebrated in the Alice Springs Cricket Association season and is sure to be a special occasion for all cricketers.
Each club has prepared painted stumps for their Women’s and A Grade sides to use during the round and teams will stand in a barefoot circle before each senior and junior game.
Alice Springs Cricket stalwart Shane Franey has designed an ASCA indigenous logo signifying the five teams coming together while keeping the originality of the logo intact.
There will also be a smoking ceremony held at Albrecht Oval prior to the A Grade fixture between Federal Asbuild and Rovers.
That game will give Rovers the chance to register their first win of the competition as they face the undefeated Federal side.
If they hope to register a win, Rovers will have to stop Federal’s in form skipper Dan Donaldson, who currently leads the competition in runs.
Donaldson has a total of 219 runs through four matches at an average of 54.75. That match will be played at Albrecht Oval on Saturday from 12.30pm.
In the other fixture, Solergy Alice Tigers will hope to turn the tables on West after a heavy round one loss to the reigning premiers.
In their first encounter this season, West piled on a mammoth score of 5/419, believed to be the biggest score in recent memory.
That match will be played at Jim McConville Oval on Saturday from 12.30pm.
In the women’s competition, West will look to cement their spot at the top of the premiership table when they take on Solergy Alice Tigers.
West skipper Bronte Stray has been in superb touch for the Bloods, and will likely hold the key to victory for her side again. That match will begin from 8pm on Thursday at Flynn Reserve.
In the other fixture, Federal Asbuild and Complete Constructions Cricket Club will square off from 6pm.
CCCC opening batter Caitlin Couch is in top form, and will likely play a major role in the fortunes of her club.
In the B Grade, Craig Prettejohn and Federal will look to continue their dominant season when they take on Federal.
Prettejohn has been unstoppable so far this season, hitting 233 runs at an average of 58.25 as sides continue to look for an answer to the man they call ‘Buckets’.
That match will begin at 12.30pm at Rhonda Diano Oval on Saturday.
Also in the B Grade, Solergy Alice Tigers and West will do battle in the match of the round.
Tigers handily defeated West in their last match up but the Bloods have found form in recent weeks. That match will be played at Flynn Reserve on Saturday from 12.30pm.
In the C Grade, Federal Asbuild Red will take on Complete Construction Cricket Club at Paul Fitzsimons Oval from 12pm. Also at Paul Fitzsimons Oval, Rovers will meet Federal Asbuild White from 3pm.
In the other fixture, West and Solergy Alice Tigers will square off at Ross Park from 1pm.