The March long weekend saw Adelaide proudly play host to the largest Aboriginal Community Cricket event in Australia; the 2022 edition of the Aboriginal Cricket Carnival.
Eight senior teams converged on grounds at Narnungga (Gladys Elphick Park) in the Adelaide Parklands – with four teams representing the regional Ngarrindjeri, Koonibba, Flinders and Gerard and four metro teams representing Kaurna, City, Metro United and Two Strong Warriors.
Opening proceedings on Sunday morning, Kaurna elder Uncle Rod O'Brien welcomed players, coaches and supporters to the grounds with his Welcome to Country.
Three round-robin T20 matches were competitively played across the opening two days. The two sides finishing atop the table – Flinders and Koonibba – then turned their focus to Monday's Grand Final.
Played on the picturesque Karen Rolton Oval, the hard-fought contest ended with Koonibba declared champions for this summer.
Koonibba’s Lindsay Thomas was named Player of the Carnival for his contributions, including scoring the winning runs in Monday’s final.
On Sunday evening, an Under 16's exhibition match put on show some of the states best young talent, while free Woolworths Cricket Blast sessions were provided for all junior participants to take part in.
SACA extends its thanks to the City of Adelaide and Councillor Franz Knoll for their support of the carnival, made possible by via grant funding.