Ballina’s Andrew Gordon will lead a youthful NSW side at next week’s Imparja Cup in Alice Springs.
Ballina’s Andrew Gordon will lead a youthful NSW side at next week’s Imparja Cup in Alice Springs. DAVID NEILSEN

Gordon to lead young Blues

BALLINA Bears cricketer Andrew Gordon will represent New South Wales for the seventh time at this years’ Imparja Cup at Alice Springs next week.

The Imparja Cup is the Indigenous cricket tournament played in the Northern Territory each year and encompasses players of all expertise.

Gordon will be apart of a NSW team that will include players from the strong grade competition in Sydney and from far-reaching country areas, like Tamworth and Dubbo.

“The team is basically selected through nominations,” Gordon said. “But there is also a small selection committee that checks on results and chooses the final team.”

Gordon is the elder statesman of the NSW team at 28 and believes the team has a bright future.

“The side is a strong, but young side,” he said. “Last year we were called the ‘Baggy Blues’ as the majority of the team were aged under 25.”

The Cup will be played from February 8-13 and the teams will contest several one-day matches as well as Twenty20s.

NSW finished third in the men’s division in the 2009 competition, but Gordon considers the current team strong enough to challenge last year’s winners, Queensland.

“We are always looking to go to the national champs to win,” he said. “But I also enjoy meeting the other teams and players.

“Ultimately, the idea of the cup is to develop Indigenous cricket and to maybe see Indigenous players wear the baggy green in the future.”

Last year Gordon made the Imparja Cup Honour Squad – a selection of the top performing players – and is hopeful that more local Indigenous players can participate in the cup.

As a result of his Imparja Cup commitments, Gordon will miss out on Ballina’s LJ Hooker League one-day final against Casino on Sunday. Despite his absence, he is still confident his team will progress to the final.

However, Gordon will be available to play for the Bears against Alstonville on Saturday.



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