The Imparja Cup brings together Indigenous cricketers from around the Territory to celebrate cricket, country and culture, in the heart of our great nation.
Registrations are now open for teams and umpires
Despite ongoing challenges associated with the pandemic, communities across the Territory expressed a strong desire for the Imparja Cup event to continue, ensuring the celebration of Indigenous cricket continues for its 29th consecutive year.
The format of the 2022 tournament will follow that of recent years, with Northern Territory teams able to nominate for the following divisions:
- Major Centres Division presented by Yeperenye Shopping Centre (T20 format)
- Men’s Community Division presented by DXC Technology (Super 8s format)
- Women’s Community Division (Super 8s format)
The Schools Cup also returns in 2022 with schools from around the Red Centre encouraged to register their interest in participating and a Community Cricket (Level 1) Coaching accreditation course will be held on Tuesday 15 February 2022.
Quote from Joel Morrison, CEO, NT Cricket
“The Imparja Cup is a significant part of cricket in the Territory with a rich culture, so we are delighted to be in a position to stage the 2022 event.
“We are looking forward to another great celebration of cricket, country and culture in the Red Centre, the spiritual home of Indigenous cricket.
“A big thank you must go to Imparja Television, the NT Government and Alice Springs Town Council for their ongoing support of this event. It would not be possible without them and the support of all our commercial partners.”
Quote from Alistair Feehan, CEO, Imparja Television
“A year of living in an everchanging world has left a lot of us wondering what the future holds given so much of what we thought was normal has all but disappeared. Some things however have been able to continue, and we are greatly appreciative of the fact that the Imparja Cup will once again hold centre stage for Indigenous Cricket in 2022.
“We are appreciative of the work done by NT Cricket to keep this most important event active, but it means nothing without the support of the wider Indigenous community who have stood by this event since its inception.
“We hope you can join us in the Alice in for what will be a great carnival.”
Quote from Mayor Matt Paterson, Alice Springs Town Council
“It’s always an exciting time when the Imparja Cup comes to Alice Springs.
“The Imparja Cup has such a rich history in our town as one of the preeminent Indigenous sporting events in Australia.
“Alice Springs Town Council is proud to be a partner again in 2022 and I can’t wait to see players and spectators alike flock to our facilities to take in the action.”
Registration is free and open to new and past teams from the Northern Territory and expressions of interest are currently open for umpires who would like to be part of the 2022 competition. More information and registration forms can be found here.
The 2022 Imparja Cup will be conducted in accordance with the NT Government’s COVID-19 safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of all participants and the wider community.
The National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) will not be able to feature alongside the Imparja Cup in Alice Springs in February due to ongoing travel restrictions across the country, however Cricket Australia are continuing to explore options for the tournament to proceed at a later date in 2022.
• The first Imparja Cup match was held on Australia Day in 1994 as an initiative of Shane and Mervyn Franey from Alice Springs and Ross Williams from Tennant Creek, who wanted to host an annual cricket match between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Indigenous cricketers, with the purpose of promoting Indigenous cricket.
• In 1998 Shane Franey and Ross Williams approached NT Cricket to seek assistance in organising the logistics of the game, leading to the evolution of the Imparja Cup in its current form.
• Cricket Australia partnered with NT Cricket 2016 to establish the National Indigenous Cricket Championship with the aim of strengthen the pathway for Indigenous cricketers.
• Current Australian representatives D’Arcy Short, Ashleigh Garner and Hannah Darlington all played in the Imparja Cup as juniors.