The Imparja Cup, which draws indigenous cricketers to Alice Springs to celebrate cricket, country and culture in the heart of the nation, will return from 13-18 February 2022.
The first Imparja Cup match was held on Australia Day in 1994 as an initiative of Shane and Mervyn Franey from Alice Springs and Ross Williams from Tennant Creek. They wanted to host an annual cricket match between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek indigenous cricketers to promote indigenous cricket. NT Cricket came on board in 1998 to help with the logistics, and the event continues to go from strength to strength. NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said the sporting competition is an important event.
“The Imparja Cup is a significant part of cricket in the Territory with a rich culture, so we are delighted to be in a position to stage the 2022 event. We are looking forward to another great celebration of cricket, country and culture in the Red Centre, the spiritual home of indigenous cricket,” he said.
The Schools Cup also returns in 2022, with schools from around the Red Centre encouraged to register their interest in participating, and there will be a Community Cricket (Level 1) coaching accreditation course on 15 February 2022.
The Imparja Cup is supported by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company. Registration for the 2022 event is free, and open to new and past teams from the Northern Territory. To find out more and to register, visit www.ntcricket.com.au/imparjacup