WA Cricket will send two teams to the National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) in Alice Springs from February 22 – 27.
WA's finest Aboriginal talent ready for the National Indigenous Cricket Championships
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.”
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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
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