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Strikers pay respect through Indigenous match

08 November 2019

Aunty Faith and Megan Schutt at the inaugural Faith Thomas Trophy match in WBBL|03.

The Adelaide Strikers will compete against the Perth Scorchers for the Faith Thomas Trophy on Saturday, continuing an Indigenous round tradition established in rebel WBBL|03.

The teams play for the Trophy each season when the Strikers host the Scorchers, while the men’s side competes for the Jason Gillespie Trophy as part of their KFC BBL campaign on 23 December.

The Strikers women are yet to lose the Indigenous match, claiming victory over the Scorchers at ‘home’ both years, when these games were previously played in Alice Springs.

In preparation, the Strikers participated in a cultural awareness workshop led by Kaurna/Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner to educate the players further about Aboriginal culture and to emphasise the importance behind such a round.

For the first time, a Barefoot Circle will take place before the match this Saturday, where both teams and umpires will remove their shoes to form a circle, as a sign of Australian Cricket’s commitment to reconciliation.

They will stand together to acknowledge and pay respects to all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and honour the legacy of the first Australian Cricket Team of 1868, a group of Aboriginal Cricketers that toured England.

As a demonstration of pride to be standing upon Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land, the act also shows a commitment to reconciliation and walking together toward a connected country.

The Walkabout Wickets logo that was worn on the collar of the Australian teams’ playing shirts during the recent men’s and women’s Ashes tours, will be painted on the ground on Saturday and players from both teams will wear a pin featuring the logo.

The logo was designed by Fiona Clarke in 2016, the great granddaughter of Grongarrong, a member of the famous 1868 team, to pay homage to Australia’s first touring team as well as all past, present and future Aboriginal cricketers.

The large circle in the logo represents Lord’s Cricket Ground and the smaller circles signify the teams’ various meeting places. The wickets appear with no bails, to convey that the game continually moves on, while the stumps flying symbolise Aboriginal cricketers beating the English at their own game.

Australian volleyball player Taliqua Clancy will complete the bat flip, while Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee of South Australia Co-Chair Tanya McGregor will present the Trophy following the match, with Ms Thomas unable to travel from Quorn to Adelaide this weekend.

Saturday’s match begins at 1:40pm local time. Entry is free and match will be broadcast on 7 Mate, Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports.