Players, coaches, stakeholders and special guests were treated to a three-course dinner and an entertaining interview with young Adelaide Crow Ben Davis, who spoke about his experiences in sport and his connection with his Torres Strait Islander culture.
An outstanding season of cricket saw three of the four SA teams in the National Cricket Inclusion Championships reach the grand final, with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Team clinching their second consecutive title.
There was less team success in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships for SA, however some outstanding individual achievements were on show throughout the tournament.
Febi Mansell and Zac Chapman were named the best Aboriginal cricketers in SA and were first recognised at last month’s Neil Dansie Medal night in front of West End Redbacks and Statewide Super SA Scorpions players.
Dale Fielke was named the best and fairest player from the Cricketers with an Intellectual Disability Team for his excellent NCIC campaign, where he compiled 253 runs.
The best player in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Team, awarded the Adam Wood Trophy, was Luke Smith, who hit a quick-fire 64 from 47 balls in his side’s winning final.
Stephen Palmer was the runaway best and fairest winner for the Blind and Vision Impaired Team, the 24-year-old also named B3 Player of the Tournament.
Palmer accumulated a mammoth 525 runs across six matches, including three centuries and two half-centuries.
In a world first for deaf cricket, two female exhibition matches were played at the NCIC between SA and Victoria, with Jess Murray awarded the inaugural best and fairest medal for SA, thanks to her four wickets and 43 runs.
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