Garlett Makes Umpire History At NICC
8 February 2017  


Perth’s Reuben Garlett (pictured, left) was part of history when for the first time two indigenous umpires officiated a National Indigenous Cricket Championships (NICC) match on Tuesday.

Garlett along with Adelaide’s Allan Coulthard oversaw Tuesday’s contest between the Northern Territory and Tasmania men’s teams at Jim McConville Oval.

Perth-based Reuben Garlett first began his umpiring career with the WACA in 1996 and has enjoyed a long-standing connection with the state system over the following years.

As well as officiating WACA first grade cricket between 2011-12 and 2013-14, Garlett has also been a Western Australian umpiring representative at three Imparja Cups, officiating in the state/territory division in two of the tournaments.

While NICC matches have previously had the involvement of one indigenous umpire, this match is significant as it is the first NICC to have been officiated by two indigenous umpires.

Fast Facts

• 36,900 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders participated in cricket in the 2015-16 cricket season. A 40% increase on 2014-15, and an increase of over 27000 in participants since 2013-14.

• 62 male and females playing first XI Premier Cricket across the country.

• 8 state contracted played (seven male and one female)

• 7 BBL contracted players and three WBBL contracted players