The Sledge: The Imparja Cup
The Imparja Cup was the brainchild of Shane Franey and Ross Williams, who first hosted the cup 1994. Back then, it was just an annual cricket game between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, but it has since grown into a national sporting event that embraces all aspects of indigenous culture.
In 2001, Cricket Australia made the Imparja Cup a national tournament, blending male, female, and elite participation across five divisions, those being mens and womens state and territory, major centers, and men’s and women’s community.
The Victorian Imparja Cup team is known as Noogal Toengorrt Tani, and they will be hoping to make the grand final this year, after falling in the semi finals against Queensland.
The Victorian team heads off to Alice Springs in February, but before they departed a cap presentation ceremony was held to farewell the group. Jonathan Howcroft spoke to Ben Abbatangelo, Barry Firebrace, and Chief Executive of Cricket Victoria, Tony Dodemaide to find out more.