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.
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