The 2014 Imparja Cup was held in Alice Springs from Sun 9th Feb – Sat 15th Feb.
It is the largest Indigenous cricket carnival held in the country, beginning as a competition between two teams 21 years ago, now grown into 40 teams across 6 divisions.
The Cup was founded by Ross Williams who still contributes his time and effort to this day. The Imparja Cup draws players from all over Australia with this year seeing some great play from both the Womens and Mens divisions.
Reclink has been involved with the Imparja Cup over the last few years but this year was the most exciting for the Reclink Rebels as they took out the Mens Community Shield Winner for 2014.
What began as a slow start with limited numbers soon developed into a bonding between the players which lifted the side immensely and to watch the skill level and determination develop over the course of the week was truly a memorable experience for all
Some of the players had never played in over 20 years but were soon displaying some incredible skill in bowling, batting and fielding.
I would like to thank DASA, Salvation Army, Corrections and Amoonguna for making the event happen and to Claire Meany a Reclink volunteer who assisted with the scoring of most matches. Well Done to all the fellas who participated and to all those who supported the team. I was very proud of the team and glad to see that the end result favoured the Rebels after all the effort they put into the week.
For further information about the Imparja Cup check out the website www.imparjacup.com.au