Brad Wise batting during the Police and NAIDOC community cricket match at the PCYC.
Brad Wise batting during the Police and NAIDOC community cricket match at the PCYC.

NAIDOC game is lots of fun

BUNDABERG police officers traded in their blue uniforms for a baggy green as they went head-to-head with members of the indigenous community at a friendly cricket match at the PCYC on Saturday.

The match was held to cap off what has been a jam-packed week of activities for the NAIDOC Week celebrations held across the city.

Woorabar Elders chairwoman, Aunty Lester Barnard, said each year the group challenged the officers to a cricket match.

"Usually we play in November, but we brought it up to coincide with NAIDOC Week," she said.

"We have a perpetual trophy."

Aunty Lester said the event was held most years, but had taken a two-year break until Saturday.

"We had adults, children - it didn't matter whether they were boys and girls," she said.

"We've decided we will go to the PCYC every year now."

South Kolan Police Senior Constable Terry Collins said the fun day had been a huge success.

"It was a good day," he said.

"We had a group of young indigenous boys turn up at 11am.

"That added to the excitement of the day - they were getting quite acrobatic with lots of dives."

Snr Const Collins said preparations were already under way for next year's match, where officers would vie to hang on to the perpetual trophy they took home on Saturday.

"It was all just about bringing the local members of the Queensland Police Service together with the local indigenous community, and fostering positive relationships there," he said.

"It's good for some of the young kids to see we're actual people, not just the boys and girls in blue."

Snr Const Collins said officers hoped indigenous youth would walk away from the cricket game feeling more comfortable in approaching and talking to the police.

Although there wasn't as many keen cricketers as they would have hoped, Snr Const Collins said with more notice being given for next year's event, it would get bigger and better.



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