PUBLISHED WED 02 JUN 2021

Let’s take a look into Round 9 of Origin Energy Premier League at Netball Central tonight where we will be celebrating Indigenous Round during National Reconciliation Week.

National Reconciliation Week runs from the 27 May to the 3 June. The dates are significant as they commemorate the successful 1967 referendum (27 May) and the Mabo High Court decision (3 June).

Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021 – More than a word. Reconciliation takes action – urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. This year marks 20 years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.

All teams will once again be wearing bibs showcasing the Indigenous artwork by Tarsha Hawley, an Indigenous player for the Central Coast Heart and in 2021 all umpires are wearing the same design on their Umpire T-shirts during all rounds.

Round 9 match-ups are:

U23s – 7:00pm & Opens – 8:45pm

South Coast Blaze v Central Coast Heart | Show Court

GWS Fury v UTS Randwick Sparks | Court 1

Sutherland Stingrays v Panthers | Court 2

The Capital Spirit v North Shore United | Court 3

ERNA Hawks v Manly Warringah Sapphires | Court 5

Catch all of the action live @ http://www.cluchtv.com.au

In the U23s, Fury have their work cut out for them this week coming up against Sparks. Sparks will be raring to go after their first loss of the season and will not be willing to go down without a fight. A mid-table clash between Sapphires and Hawks is sure to be a good one. Hawks are lower on the ladder but after defeating the undefeated Sparks last week could they be on the climb?

A tight match-up is set in the Opens tonight with Fury and Sparks after their close contests last week. After a draw to Sapphires last week, Blaze will be keen to prove themselves against the Heart and take home the win. Sapphires will have to step-up their game against the Hawks who are on a hot win streak at the moment.

Be sure to tune into the livestream early tonight. Starting 30 minutes before both games, the official Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony from earlier in the night will be replayed on all live streams which will be followed by the on-court Welcome to Country by Julie Bukari Webb, Darug Custodian and Traditional Knowledge Holder and a performance by the Jannawi Dance Clan.

Why not catch the action live? Buy your tickets HERE

All spectator ticket sales from the round will be donated to Women’s Legal Service NSW (WLS NSW). In 2021, all A Badged Umpires and National Bench Officials have decided to also donate their Indigenous round match fees to WLS NSW.

WLS NSW is an independent non-profit organisation, which provides a voice for women in NSW and promotes access to justice, particularly for women who are disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances. WLS NSW prioritise services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, women with disabilities, women who are victims of domestic violence and women who reside in geographic areas of high disadvantage and high legal need.

DONATE: Origin Energy Premier League Indigenous Round | Women’s Legal Service NSW (benojo.com)