Big Bash clubs reveal First Nations kits. The first of this season’s WBBL First Nations games will be played at the WACA Ground on Sunday as the Renegades, Sixers, Scorchers and Strikers feature in a double header
Four Big Bash clubs have unveiled the new-look uniforms they will wear on Sunday as the WBBL celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture in the first of this season’s First Nations matches.
Every club will host a dedicated match between November 5 and 24 showcasing First Nations culture and ceremony, including the barefoot circle, Welcome to Country and the incorporation of local languages.
Players will continue to wear uniforms designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, each with their own unique stories connected to the traditional lands of each club.
So far, the Renegades, Sixers, Strikers and Scorchers have unveiled their new kits – see below for more details on the stories behind the playing shirts – with the rest to be revealed over the coming weeks.
This season’s First Nations round uniforms will be available for purchase HERE.
WBBL|09 First Nations Round games
- Nov 5: Scorchers v Strikers, Whadjuk Country: WACA Ground
- Nov 10: Sydney Thunder v Melbourne Stars, Cammeraygal Country: North Sydney Oval
- Nov 10: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes, Cammeraygal Country: North Sydney Oval
- Nov 17: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades, Yugara Country: Allan Border Field
- Nov 19: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes, Boon Wurrung Country: CitiPower Centre
- Nov 19: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat, Boon Wurrung Country: CitiPower Centre
- Nov 23: Hobart Hurricanes v Melbourne Renegades, Palawa Country: Blundstone Arena
- Nov 24: Adelaide Strikers v Perth Scorchers, Kaurna Country: Adelaide Oval
The Renegades’ shirt was crafted by local artist Bayley Mifsud – known by her Aboriginal name Merindah-Gunya, meaning ‘Beautiful Spirit’ – a proud descendent of Peek and Kirrae Whurrong clans of the Maar nation from south-west Victoria (Warrnambool).
She was joined by Renegades’ Ella Hayward, a proud Jawoyn woman, earlier this year and together they explored the significance of the design and what it should represent.
The result is a powerful symbol of unity, portraying 11 players coming together at a central meeting place: the cricket oval. It also symbolises the profound connection between the players and the land, underscoring the significance of the natural environment in Australia’s Indigenous culture.
Designed by Wiradjuri woman Lua Pellegrini, the Sixers shirt is reflective of their coastal region, with the ocean being a major centrepiece and representing the importance of the ocean to Indigenous clans up and down the coastline. The two circles in the centre of the shirt are the Sixers’ two homes, the Sydney Cricket Ground and C Ex. International Stadium in Coffs Harbour.
The Strikers and Scorchers will play for the Aunty Faith Thomas Trophy at Adelaide Oval on November 24, the first time the trophy has been played for since Aunty Faith passed away in April.
Adelaide’s shirt is designed by Steven Warrior and captain Tahlia McGrath said her side was proud to wear a shirt full of meaning.
“There’s so much detail in this shirt that highlights so much – for example, we’ve got the meeting place of Adelaide Oval, represented with the first 11 Indigenous male cricketers to represent Australia,” she said.
“(One section) represents everyone’s individual journey to get through to cricket and then on the back we’ve got some words in native Kaurna language which represents our values.
“There is so much going on in this shirt and there is so much meaning behind it and we are really proud to wear it.”
The Scorcher’s shirt is designed by Nyoongar artist Linda Loo, a self-taught artist who was born in Corrigin and is connected to the Balladong and Whadjuk clans.
Scorchers captains Sophie Devine and Ashton Turner were also involved in the design process, and the shirt was presented to the WBBL team during a special smoking ceremony.
At the centre of the design is a swan representing the Boorloo (Perth) area, surrounded by lines and circles demonstrating the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River) and lakes in the region.
The swan is surrounded by u-shapes, which represent players gathering in a barefoot circle before a match to acknowledge the traditional owners, respect the Boodja (country), and connect with Aboriginal culture.
Other elements of the intricate design tell the story of travel, the WACA Ground Improvement Project and cricket history.
“It’s a fantastic design that’s not only beautiful, but really impactful,” Devine said.
“There are elements that illustrate each squad, but also tell the story of the bond that develops among teammates, the club and our members and fans.”
Sydney Thunder, Melbourne Stars, Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat will release their uniforms in the coming weeks.