Wednesday’s action at the National Indigenous Cricket Championships had no Men’s cricket as all competing teams spent a couple of hours with Desert Knowledge Australia program manager Michael Liddle.

All players aged 23 and under attended the morning session at the Desert Knowledge Precinct, before being followed up by the senior players around lunch.

Each session involved open discussion amongst the playing groups and coaching staff about the importance of Aboriginal culture and how traditional custodians feel disconnect with the modern Western civilisation. Both sessions were run by Liddle, whose ‘Codes 4 Life’ workshops for young Indigenous men see elders help give council on a large range of issues.

“The aim is to try and reconnect Aboriginal men with their cultural identity,” Liddle said.

“We want these fellas here playing Imparja [Cup] to accept their responsibilities and connect with community when they go back home.”

“They play a big part in being role models in their respective communities.”

Players were asked to speak openly about several issues they may have faced or experienced in their life that continue to affect young men, such as alcoholism and domestic violence.

The under-23 players listened to New South Wales and Australian Indigenous players Ben Patterson and Tyran Liddiard talk about their experiences whilst the over-23 players learnt from respected elders and Indigemoji app founder Joel Liddle Perrula.

The Northern Territory Men’s team will look to rebound from their disappointing six-wicket loss to Western Australia on Tuesday night with their match against Queensland on Thursday morning.

The link below is to Michael Liddle’s initiative Codes 4 Life.