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Indigenous cricket teams returning to the UK after 150 years

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Three Indigenous people dressed in yellow and green cricketing uniforms featuring Indigenous design patterns. In the background is a tree and black iron fence.
From left: Women's team captain Ashleigh Gardner, uniform designer Aunty Fiona Clarke and fast bowler Scott Boland (Photo courtesy of Cricket Australia)
12 Apr 2018

The first Australian sporting team to tour internationally was a men’s Aboriginal cricket team made up of 13 players.

To commemorate that 1868 tour of the UK, Cricket Australia is sending two cricket squads, women’s and men’s, to the UK for the first 2 weeks of June. Both will play under the banner of the ‘2018 Aboriginal XI.’

Ashleigh Gardner and Dan Christian will lead the respective sides against several of the same counties as the original 1868 tour. The schedule includes matches against Surrey, Sussex, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

‘Being able to represent my culture is really special and all the girls are really excited to do that too,’ Ashleigh said.

‘They all understand this is a big moment in their careers and for me to be able to captain a team that is inexperienced in terms of international tours but one that is ready for that competition is a big moment in my career as well.’

Venues used for fixtures against Surrey, Sussex and Derbyshire will be the same as those used in 1868 including a double-header at The Oval.

In 2018, the 13 male players travelling will proudly represent one of the pioneer players, by displaying their name on the back of their uniform. The female squad will wear their own names on their back, being pioneers as the first female Indigenous team to tour the UK.

The team uniforms incorporate the commemorative artwork titled ‘Walkabout Wickets’ which tells the story of both the 1866 Boxing Day match and the 1868 tour. It was designed by Aunty Fiona Clarke who is the great-great-granddaughter of Grongarrong (Mosquito), one of the stars of the 1868 team.

In addition to the matches, players will engage in activities pre-tour and in the UK to further connect with the significance of the 1868 events as they take over the reigns as story tellers to future generations of Indigenous cricketers.

Congratulations to all the cricketers selected to take part in the tour!

Squads 

2018 Aboriginal XI – Men
- Coach – Jeffrey Cook (KAMILAROI)

Name    

Mob

State

1868 Player Representing

Dan Christian (C)

WIRADJURI

VIC

UNAARRIMIN (JOHNNY MULLAGH)

Nick Boland

GULIGAN

VIC

GRONGARRONG (MOSQUITO)

Scott Boland

GULIGAN

VIC

YELLANACH (JOHNNY CUZENS)

Brendan Doggett

WORIMI

QLD

MURRUMGUNARRIMAN (TWOPENNY)

Sam Doggett

WORIMI

NSW

PRIPUMUARRAMAN (CHARLEY DUMAS)

Damon Egan

GUNDITJMARA

VIC

JUMGUMJENANUKE (DICK-A-DICK)

Tyran Liddiard

BIRIPI

NSW

BULLCHANACH (BULLOCKY)

Jonte Pattison

WIRADJURI

NSW

BRIMBUNYAH (REDCAP)

Nathan Price

KAMILAROI

NSW

ARRAHMUNYARRIMUN (PETER)

D’Arcy Short

MITAKOODI

WA

BONNIBARNGEET (TIGER)

Brendan Smith

DHUNGUTTI

NSW

LYTEJERBILLIJUN (JIM CROW)

Rex Strickland

WONNARUA

WA

BALLRINJARRIMIN (SUNDOWN)

Dane Ugle

NYOONGAR / BALLARDONG

WA

BRIPUMYARRIMIN (KING COLE)

 

2018 Aboriginal XI - WomenCoach, Shelley Nitschke

Name

Mob

State

Ashleigh Gardner (C)

MURWARI

SA

Jemma Astley

WANARUA

NSW

Dharmini Chauhan

WIRADJURI

NSW

Christina Coulson

 

QLD

Hannah Darlington

KAMILAROI

NSW

Sara Darney

WIRADJURI

NSW

Zoe Fleming

KAMILAROI

NSW

Haylee Hoffmeister

PALAWA

WA

Emma Manix-Geeves

PALAWA

TAS

Sally Moylan

WIRADJURI

ACT

Natalie Plane

KAMILAROI

VIC

Roxanne Van Veen

GUNDUNGURRA

NSW

Naomi Woods

KAMILAROI

NSW

 

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The tour is supported by the Commonwealth Bank who are the Principal Partner of Cricket Australia’s A Sport for All program.

Congratulations to Damon and Natalie who also have been part of the Noogal  Toengorrt Tani Cricket Program run by Cricket Victoria and funded by the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (Noogal means ‘belong’ and Toengorrt Tani means ‘success win’).

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