The Hobart Hurricanes have today announced a 12-man Indigenous squad which will play a three-game series against a Sydney Thunder Indigenous team next week in rural New South Wales.
Both teams will travel to Orange for the series which will be played across November 8 and 9, taking the opportunity to visit schools in the local area to conduct clinics.
The Hurricanes Indigenous XI, an initiative of the Hurricanes Foundation, will wear a special Indigenous shirt, designed by Tasmanian Aboriginal artist Danny Gardner.
Gardner said the design of the shirt which the team will wear during the series is closely tied to the Indigenous heritage of Tasmania.
“I believe it is important the design of the shirt acknowledges the traditional land on which we stand on and the continuing practice of Aboriginal culture today,” he said.
“I have incorporated the petroglyphs and a map of Tasmania to depict the nine Nations of Tasmania. Eleven hand stencils pay respect to both the Tasmanian Aboriginal elders past and present and that of each Indigenous cricketer’s spirit.
“To complete the design, I have symbolised the Journey of each player with footprints that transform into circles as they finally gather at their meeting place. I'm very proud to have undertaken this design.”
Hobart Hurricanes co-major sponsor Tassal have put their support behind the Indigenous XI initiative.
“At Tassal, working with indigenous community representatives and acknowledging the traditional landowners within the communities in which we operate is important,” said Barbara McGregor - Tassal Senior Manager of Corporate Engagement.
“Tassal is very pleased to support the Indigenous XI through our Tasmania’s Team partnership with the Hobart Hurricanes.
“Tassal has been helping local sporting teams and groups for decades and supporting the Indigenous XI is another opportunity for us to keep our communities fit and healthy and support positive community role models for younger generations.”
Tasmanian Parliamentary representatives have also endorsed the Hurricanes’ Indigenous program.
“This great initiative by the Hobart Hurricanes will provide significantly improved opportunities for indigenous cricketers in Tasmania and expose the players to a high-performance sport environment,” said Speaker of the House of Assembly and Liberal MP Mark Shelton.
“This is a great opportunity for our Tasmanian Aboriginal players and we look forward to the possibility of them representing the Hurricanes in the future.”
“Congratulations to the Hurricanes on this important initiative. Our focus is on ensuring everyone who wants to participate in sport gets that chance - all the members of the squad are to be warmly congratulated on their success, and I wish them all the best,” said Labor MP Madeleine Ogilvie.
Hurricanes Indigenous squad
Liam Ward - Kingborough CC (Captain)
Blake Mayne - Clarence CC
Callan Morse - Latrobe CC
Aaron Tuxworth - Smithton Stars CC
Blake Sculthorpe - Kingborough CC
Steve Hudson Jnr - Westbury CC
Thomas Dwyer - Westbury CC
Kristian Nikolai - Blackmans Bay CC
Braeden Page – North Huon CC
Brodie Hayes - Burnie Hurricanes CC
Jackson Clifford - UTAS CC
Rhys French - Latrobe CC
Coaches: Paul Collins and Guy Grey
Wednesday November 8th – Game 1 - 1.00pm, Game 2 - 6.00pm
Thursday November 9th – Game 3 - 12.00pm