SACA works with the Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee SA to provide opportunities for Aboriginal people to be involved with cricket in South Australia.
Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee of South Australia
The Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee of South Australia (ACACSA) is an advisory committee to the SACA Board to provide advice on Aboriginal cricket initiatives.
This group strives to link cricket into the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community and advises SACA on how to improve participation of Aboriginal people in all aspects of cricket.
The current members of ACACSA are Tanya McGregor (Co-Chair), Sally Niehuus (Co-Chair), Jamie McCafferty, Jermaine Miller, Eddie Graham-Vanderbyl, Matt Lucas and Jordan Capel.
Click here to read the ACACSA terms of reference.
National Indigenous Cricket Championships
The National Indigenous Cricket Championships are played each year with teams representing all states and territories. South Australia field both a men's and a women's team to compete in this event.
The Boomerangs are South Australia's Aboriginal men's team competing in the annual National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs.
SA Desert Peas
The Desert Peas are South Australia's Aboriginal women's team competing in the annual National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs. 2018 was the first time that South Australia had fielded an Aboriginal women's side, after they competed for the first time the year prior in the community division of the Imparja Cup.
Following in the footsteps of Faith Thomas and Jason Gillespie, it is hoped that many young Aboriginal people will get involved in cricket and stay within the game.
SACA supports its Aboriginal teams through the Development Academy. For more information about the NICC, click here.
If you would like be involved in the SACA’s Aboriginal cricket program, contact SACA Diversity and Inclusion Officer Jordan Capel on (08) 8300 3234 or at JCapel@saca.com.au.
SACA Reconciliation Round
Clubs are encouraged to connect with their local Aboriginal mobs and cricket associations to develop appropriate ways to incorporate Aboriginal culture into their fixture.
The Reconciliation Rounds is aimed at strengthening relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of South Australian Cricket
The one consistent act that SACA will encourage all clubs to do is the pre-match barefoot circle and commitment to reconciliation. Clubs will be encouraged to share this on social media. For more information please contact your SACA Club Officer.
SACA Aboriginal Cricket Carnival
SACA invites Aboriginal community groups to take part in the ‘SACA Aboriginal Cricket Carnival’. This free carnival brings teams from Ceduna, Port Lincoln, Murray Bridge, Port Augusta and Adelaide to take part in a T20 competition. The competition runs over the March long weekend each year.
In 2021, Women's and Junior exhibition matches were added to the carnival's schedule for the first time.
SACA is committed to growing this competition to include more communities.
If you would like to enter a team then please contact Jordan Capel at JCapel@saca.com.au.
Aboriginal pathway and skills videos
SACA provides a pathway for Aboriginal cricketers to not only participate, but excel in cricket.
Follow the links below to find a tutorial for each skill by South Australian Aboriginal cricketers.
‘The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cricket Scholarship’ aims to eliminate barriers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers (boys and girls) who aspire to play at the elite level.
Clubs will be able to be apply for a 2-year scholarship as they support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers to transition to Premier Cricket in Adelaide. Players will be offered additional support, mentoring, cricket opportunities and equipment.
With SACA providing financial support and cricket and cultural mentoring we intend to unearth future Boomerangs/Desert Peas Players, State Players and National Players.
The current recipients of the Aboriginal Scholarship are: Josh Thomas (Northern Districts), Tyler Latham (Northern Districts), Tyrell Sgroi (Port Adelaide).