WA's finest Aboriginal talent ready for the National Indigenous Cricket Championships

WA Cricket will send two teams to the National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) in Alice Springs from February 22 – 27.

The NICC’s celebrate and showcase cricket’s connection with Aboriginal people and inspire them to play cricket at all levels.

The Championships have become an important showcase for the State’s up-and-coming Aboriginal cricketers as they progress through WA Cricket’s high performance pathways.

Last year’s Women’s Division Batting Award and Player of the Championships, Veronica Keen is back as captain for the women’s side, with Jay Collard stepping up as captain for the men’s team.

Former WA and Australian cricketer Zoe Goss OAM will be travelling with the WA contingent as a player mentor. Goss has been coaching WA Cricket’s Aboriginal Talent Academy since its inception last year.

WA Cricket Aboriginal Project Officer and member of WA’s men’s side Cody Hoffmeister says there is plenty of talent spread across the two sides.

“We’re excited by the depth of talent in both squads and are looking forward to putting our best foot forward at the Championships,” Hoffmeister said.

“In our women’s side we have Veronica Keen returning as captain after an outstanding individual performance last year, and we have some young talent coming through the ranks who are eager to impress including Elsie Simpson, Charlotte Toohey, and Destiny Mippy.

“Brock Larance and Hayden Collins are both back in the men’s side alongside Clint Hinchcliffe who is attending his first NICC after playing for the Melbourne Stars in the BBL and we’re looking forward to seeing how both sides gel together across the week.

“The WA Cricket Foundation provides a tailored high performance pathway for Aboriginal cricketers and supports initiatives like the Aboriginal Talent Academy which allow us access to some of the State’s best young Aboriginal cricketers.

“We are looking forward to heading to Alice Springs and representing Western Australia.”

For all fixtures and results, click here.


WA Men

Jay Collard (Captain) – Rockingham Mandurah District Cricket Club

Brock Larance (Vice Captain) – Willetton District Cricket Club

Cody Hoffmeister – Bayswater Morley District Cricket Club

Clint Hinchcliffe – Mt Lawley District Cricket Club

Elijah Dare – South Perth District Cricket Club

Hayden Collins – Midland Guildford District Cricket Club

Hugh Sando – Fremantle Mosman Cricket Club

Koby Jackson – Mt Lawley District Cricket Club

James Eatt – Subiaco Floreat District Cricket Club

Max Ireland – Collie Cricket Club

Michael Bailey – South Perth District Cricket Club

Tyler McMiles – South Perth District Cricket Club

Tyrell Stewart – Mines Cricket Club

Yagan Walley – Shoalwater Cricket Club

Coach – Jermaine Davis Senior

Manager – Marsh Jackson

Player Mentor – Zoe Goss OAM


WA Women

Veronica Keen (Captain) – Midland Guildford District Cricket Club

Alicia Roe – Fremantle Mosman Cricket Club

Bianca Harben – Fremantle Mosman Cricket Club

Candice Franklin – Curtin Victoria Park Cricket Club

Charlotte Toohey – Melville District Cricket Club

Destiny Mippy – Perth District Cricket Club

Elsie Simpson – Melville District Cricket Club

Emily Bowden – Karratha Cricket Club

Emma-Lee Hammond – Melville District Cricket Club

Montana Campbell – Fremantle Mosman Cricket Club

Regina Deleeuw – South Perth District Cricket Club

Seren Simpson – Melville District Cricket Club

Roberta Ramirez-Smith – South Hedland Cricket Club

Head Coach – Michael Bailey

Manager – Lenny Papertalk

Assistant Coach – Tia Hatch

Player Mentor – Zoe Goss OAM