The Western Australian team after their second successive Imparja Cup win last year. Picture: Getty
The Western Australian team after their second successive Imparja Cup win last year. Picture: Getty

Plenty of changes, but WA men still confident of success

WESTERN Australia will shoot for its third consecutive men’s National Indigenous Cricket Championship (NICC) next week, a feat not achieved since Queensland from 2004-06. WA is fielding a young, but experienced team, with nine of its squad of 13 having tasted success at this level previously, and Michael Bailey again captain. In all, there are seven changes in the WA line-up from 2015, with brothers Dane, Keren and Liam Ugle unavailable, Jayden Bennell and Jacob Muir injured, D’Arcy Short representing WA in the Toyota Futures League and Max Websdale omitted. Returning to the side are Joshua Bailey, Hayden Collard, Clinton Dann and Richard Walley. Zaine Atwell, Dekan John-Furnace and Khyle Ugle will represent WA for the first time.

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Runners wanted for IMP trials

IMP runner Elsie Seriat and Paralympic Gold Medallist Kurt Fearnley on Thursday Island.
IMP runner Elsie Seriat and Paralympic Gold Medallist Kurt Fearnley on Thursday Island.
Wednesday, 3 February 2016 3:41 pm

THE Indigenous Marathon Project’s (IMP’s) annual national tour will hit the road tomorrow (Thursday) to identify the next crop of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island marathon runners. The first stop is at Nowra, followed by Bodalla, Melbourne and Echuca. IMP founder and director Robert de Castella said interested Indigenous Australians aged 18-30 should turn up at the trials. The Koori Mail’s next edition will list all try-out locations.

Soward, Lee, Garvey named for All Stars

Jamie Soward
Jamie Soward
Tuesday, 2 February 2016 2:20 pm

PENRITH playmaker Jamie Soward, Canberra’s Edrick Lee and Canterbury’s Craig Garvey have slotted into the Indigenous All Stars rugby league squad. The trio replace the withdrawals of skipper Johnathan Thurston, Blake Ferguson and Nathan Peats from the February 13 Suncorp Stadium clash. Soward, Lee and Garvey have been named on the bench. Gold Coast’s Tyrone Roberts will start at halfback for Thurston. Brisbane recruit James Roberts will start at centre in place of Ferguson and the Cowboys’ Ray Thompson at hooker, replacing Peats.

Yovich wins prestigious performance award

Ursula Yovich.
Ursula Yovich.
Friday, 29 January 2016 4:24 pm

BURARRA and Serbian actress and singer Ursula Yovich has won this year’s individual Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award. Ms Yovich has performed all over the world, and has been nominated for five Heplmann Awards, receiving one in 2007 for her role in Capricornia. She is well-known for her one-woman show Magpie Blues, which premiered in Adelaide in 2009, and for playing the lead in Waltzing the Wilara which was presented by Yirra Yaarkin Theatre Company in 2010.

Vicky to represent our mob at UN

Vicky Welgraven. Picture: Vintage Brat Photography
Vicky Welgraven. Picture: Vintage Brat Photography
Thursday, 28 January 2016 3:50 pm

VICKY Welgraven, an Adnyamathanha woman from South Australia, has been selected to represent the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance at the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women in New York in March. Ms Welgraven said this means she will have the opportunity to discuss and provide input on issues that are important to Indigenous women. “To be chosen, I feel blessed and privileged to go and talk about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and take some of the issues other countries have on board,” she told the Koori Mail.

Redfern All Blacks begin planning Koori Knockout

The four women who are organising this year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, from left,  Christine Robinson, Shaquille Robinson, Heidi Norman and Jo Bostock.
The four women who are organising this year’s NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout, from left, Christine Robinson, Shaquille Robinson, Heidi Norman and Jo Bostock.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 10:40 am

An all-women committee is organising the 2016 45th NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout. The Redfern All Blacks won the 2015 Knockout last October at Dubbo and have appointed the all-female sub-committee to oversee arrangements for next year’s event at a venue yet to be determined. Committee members are Jo Bostock, Christine Robinson, Heidi Norman and Shaquille Robinson.

Tas Premier wants to change eligibility rules

Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania chair Clyde Mansell.
Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania chair Clyde Mansell.
Friday, 22 January 2016 4:02 pm

TASMANIAN Premier Will Hodgman has come under fire from Aboriginal groups for a controversial proposal to scrap the state’s Aboriginal eligibility policy. Both the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania (ALCT) came out strongly against the idea. ALCT chair Clyde Mansell said he was gobsmacked by the proposal. However, Rodney Dillon from the Regional Aboriginal Communities Alliance said he is not concerned by the Premier’s idea.

Gardner stars in Big Bash League

Ashleigh Gardner, batting for NSW in last year's Imparja Cup.
Ashleigh Gardner, batting for NSW in last year's Imparja Cup.
Thursday, 21 January 2016 3:07 pm

ASHLEIGH Gardner has been named in the Sydney Sixers’ squad of 13 preparing for tomorrow’s Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) cricket semi-final against the Hobart Hurricanes. The T20 match will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The WBBL is in its inaugural season and has been a runaway success. Gardner has been a key member of the Sixers, who made an astonishing late run for a semi-final berth, climbing from near the bottom of the table and winning their last eight games.

CLC urges Alice housing review

Central Land Council director David Ross.
Central Land Council director David Ross.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016 2:05 pm

THE Central Land Council has called on the Northern Territory Government to review its decision to strip the Central Australian Affordable Housing Company of its tenancy services contract and award it to a commercial provider. CLC director David Ross says the decision, which affects housing in Alice Springs Town Camps, will only hurt Aboriginal people. He was also critical of the NT public housing system, saying it needed a complete overhaul.

Greg Inglis to captain Indigenous All Stars

Jan 19, RL All Stars
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 3:32 pm

Greg Inglis (pictured) will captain the Indigenous All Stars in next month’s rugby league All Stars clash in Brisbane following the withdrawal of Johnathan Thurston. “It’s an incredible honour to captain the Indigenous All Stars,” Inglis said. “It is always a special time for me – not only is the game itself something to remember but the week is always a highlight.”

Aboriginal Cultural Showcase at Tamworth

SHOWCASE
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:53 am

The Aboriginal Cultural Showcase, part of the Tamworth Country Music Festival, kicks off today in the northern NSW city. The four-day showcase is designed to provide new and emerging Indigenous talent with the chance to perform and develop their skills. Walk-ups and concerts will be held throughout the week, culminating on Friday night. And this year’s Golden Guitar awards will be held on Saturday night.