The second annual Saltwater (Winga) Shield will be fiercely contested on Saturday at Pirlangimpi (Garden Point) on Melville Island.
A number of teams from both Bathurst and Melville Islands will participate in the popular Indigenous Cup tournament which will be played in a sixes format.
Following the success of last year’s Saltwater (Winga) Shield, the inaugural Tiwi Islands cricket league commenced between the Pirlangimpi Tigers, Milikapiti Magpies and the Wurrumiyanga Sharks.
The competition provided the platform for the selection of the Tiwi Islands Japarrika Imparja Cup team which travelled to Alice Springs in February and reached the quarter-finals of the Men’s Community Division.
With MILO in2CRICKET centres running at Milikapiti School, Pulrumpi School and Murrupurtiyanuwu Catholic School and NT Cricket staff running a Level One Coaching course on the Tiwi Islands in late May, there is now a genuine pathway for girls, boys, men and women to participate in cricket and play competitively.
John Stock, NT Cricket General Manager Cricket Development & Performance, is pleased to see cricket gain popularly on the Tiwi Islands.
“It’s encouraging to see the Tiwi Islands community embrace cricket so wholeheartedly. It demonstrates the fantastic cricket outcomes we can achieve together, as well as a strong pathway to the Imparja Cup carnival held in Alice Springs every year,” Stock said.
NT Cricket Indigenous Cups are community based indigenous carnivals played throughout the Northern Territory and focus on participation and enjoyment of the game of cricket.
They are held in conjunction with the relevant Government Indigenous Sport Units or Shire Councils and encourage participation from indigenous teams.
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First Posted 02 May, 2013 4:38PM AEST