Saturday, February 4, 2023

Perth Scorchers: Bids Flow In Record-Breaking Aboriginal Shirt Auction

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Perth Scorchers fans dug deep to support the WA Cricket Foundation, raising more than $25,000 through WA Cricket’s annual Aboriginal Shirt Auction.

Aboriginal playing shirts, signed by the Scorchers KFC BBL|12 and Weber WBBL|08 teams were made available for the public to bid on, with all funds donated to the Foundation.

Generous bidders worked themselves into a frenzy over the Scorchers stars, with Mitch Marsh’s shirt going for the highest amount for the second consecutive year, followed by Jhye Richardson and Faf du Plessis. 

Sophie Devine and Alana King’s shirts were the most sought after amongst the WBBL team.

WA Cricket CEO Christina Matthews said the popularity of the auction is a fantastic show of support.

“To see dozens of bids placed on these Aboriginal playing shirts shows not only the passion of our fans, but also their commitment to helping the WA Cricket Foundation deliver social outcomes through cricket,” she said.

“These shirts are a fantastic piece of sporting memorabilia that any cricket fan would be proud to own.”

The design for the shirt was created by Western Australian Jade Dolman, an Aboriginal artist with Whadjuk/Ballardong, Eastern Arrernte heritage.

The design, which took several weeks to conceptualise, illustrates the significance of water to Aboriginal culture and to the Perth landscape, especially at the WACA Ground.

“In the background we have the Derbarl Yerrigan which is the Swan River, and those colours are done in the Aboriginal flag colours,” Dolman said.

“The water represents resilience and adaptability. It can be one of the gentlest things but also the strongest forces that we have on earth.

“On top of that we have the concentric circles which represent all of the opportunities we develop and the connections we have.”

Click here to support the WA Cricket Foundation.

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