Victorian Indigenous Squads set for national titles

Victoria’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers will head to Alice Springs later this month for the National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC).

Victorian Indigenous Squads set for national titles

Victoria’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cricketers will head to Alice Springs later this month for the National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC).

After a two-year COVID hiatus, the NICC returns from 22-28 February. It will bring together some of the most talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players from across Australia, with seven men’s and five women’s teams competing for national titles in the T20 format.

NSW will defend the men’s and women’s titles they won in 2020, with games to be played at three Alice Springs venues – Traeger Park, Albrecht Oval and Jim McConville Oval.

Victoria’s squad features several players with Premier Cricket experience as well new and returning players from the 2020 championships.

The men’s team is coached by Barry Neivandt – a former Victorian coach and current coach at Wesley College. The women’s team will be coached by former Irish international Ciara Metcalfe, who played one Test, 53 ODIs and 25 T20s and currently coaches Dandenong in Women’s Premier Cricket.

Returning in the men’s squad is Epping CC batter Nathan Gardiner, who has Premier Cricket experience with Essendon and Northcote. He will be joined in the team by McKinnon CC’s Wade King, who was named in the 2020 team of the tournament.

New players include teenager Bailey Toseland, who recently represented Victoria Metro in the Under 17 National Championships and is a rising star at Essendon CC.

In the women’s team, Northern Socials CC’s Brooke Nam will captain the team. Coburg CC bowler Simone Burridge also returns to the team, while new players include Box Hill CC all-rounder Tahlia Meier and Heidelberg CC’s Taya Barnett.

Victoria was one of the first state associations to build an Indigenous cricket program, dating back to 2001.

Both squads last won titles in 2017.

Victorian Men’s Indigenous Squad

Tyler Nanson (City Colts CC) – Dharug

Jhiah Baxter (Thomson CC) – Nygena Walmatjurri

MacKenzie Casson (Auburn CC) – Kamilaroi

Jacob Devine (Old Carey CC) – Wonnarua

Ryan Donovan (Altona Sports Club) – Gumbainjirri & Dunghutti

Nathan Gardiner (Epping CC) – Wurundjeri

Lachlan Jackson (Pines CC) – Yorta Yorta

Bohdie Jones (Mt Evelyn CC) – Wurundjeri

Jacob Bourke (Alexandra Cricket Club) – Taungurung

Wade King (McKinnon CC) – Ngyampaa

Shaun McAndrew (Surf Coast Stingrays CC) – Murries

Josh Nanson (City Colts CC) – Durug

BaileyToseland (Essendon CC) – Taungurung

Josh Devine (Old Carey CC) – Wonnarua

Men’s Squad coaching staff:

Coach: Barry Neivandt

Team Manager: Jamie Jewiss

CV Staff: Cameron Rochow

Victorian Women’s Indigenous Squad

Brooke Nam (Northern Socials CC) – Wailwan

Chloe Larkin (Burnside Springs CC) – Wurendjeri

Taya Barnett (Heidelberg CC) – Wiradjuri

Helen Archibald (Northern Socials CC) – Yorta Yorta

Tahlia Meier (Box Hill Cricket CC) – Wamba Wamba

Simone Burridge (Coburg CC) – Kamilaroi

Shawana Brown (Northern Socials CC) – Wailwan and Wirangu

Shannon Johnson (Allansford-Panmure CC) – Yamaji

Chamika Sadler (Northern Socials CC) – Quandamooka/Wakka Wakka

Cindy Duson (Lalor Warriors CC) – Wiradjuri

Rose Stewart (Holy Trinity CC) – Gunditjmara and Taungurung

Jessica Martin (Coburg CC) – Wiradjuri

Jacintha Tass (Northern Socials CC) – Yorta Yorta/Wiradjuri

Women’s Squad coaching staff:

Coach: Ciara Metcalfe

Team Manager: Kaitlyn Frawley

CV Staff: Cameron Rochow

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