Earlier this month Jemena proudly sponsored two teams in the National Indigenous Cricket Championship (Imparja Cup), held in Alice Springs, NT.
Beginning as single match between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek in 1994, the Championships have quickly evolved into an important annual event featuring talented Indigenous players from across Australia’s major centres and communities, competing in a series of outdoor and indoor competitions.
As major sponsor of the Tennant Creek men’s Barkly (named for the region) and women’s Stumped for Answers teams, Jemena was delighted to support local cricketers in making the over 500km trek south to compete in their Community Divisions.
With the sun beating down and sound of cracking bats and spectator cries filling the air, the atmosphere across the fields was electric. For Damian Bahr-Kelly, a first time competitor in Barkly team and health and safety trainee at Jemena’s Phillip Creek Compressor Station, it was an event to remember.
“I appreciated the opportunity to represent my town and country (Warumungu) and see everyone – both friends, family and workmates – come together as one,” said Damian.
After a fierce semi-final, Barkly team placed third place in their overall division, with Stumped for Answers coming a strong second in the women’s grand final.
Warmly welcomed into the Tennant Creek and Mount Isa communities, Jemena is thrilled to support various important community organisations and events, like the Championships, as part of its Northern Gas Pipeline Sponsorship Program.
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Congratulations to all players on a wonderful display of cricket and sportsmanship.
Pictured: Members of the men’s Barkly team from Tennant Creek, NT and Northern Gas Pipeline Community Relations Manager Gina Wilson