Queensland Cricket has celebrated NAIDOC week in the wake of the announcement of the male and female National Indigenous squads.

 A trio of Queensland women have made the 2017 National Indigenous Squad that will be captained by Australian Women’s allrounder Ashleigh Gardner while four Queenslanders have been selected in the Men’s squad that will be led by former Brisbane Heat allrounder Dan Christian.

Carly Fuller (Gold Coast), Christina Coulson (Valley) and Clodagh Ryall (Redlands) will attend a high-performance camp next month at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane while pace bowling brothers Brendan and Sam Doggett, spinner Alex Melville and allrounder Cameron Trask will play in a series of games in August in Brisbane.

Brendan Doggett was a rookie contracted player with the my FootDr Queensland Bulls last season and has been a Brisbane Heat community rookie player.

The Wests quick and Trask (Wynnum-Manly) both played in the QAS 2nd XI last season. Melville, from the Gold Coast, has been a member of the Black Caps team of the tournament at previous Imparja Cup competitions.

The men’s squad will play a series of matches in late August against a Queensland XI, Papua New Guinea and the National Performance Squad, while the women’s squad will take part in a high-performance camp from 5–11 August at the Bupa National Cricket Centre.

The naming of the extended squads is the first step on the road to the 2018 tour of the United Kingdom for both the men’s and women’s Indigenous teams as they commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1868 Aboriginal team that became the first sporting team from Australia to tour internationally.

Queensland last year entered a women’s team for the first time in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships in Alice Springs, with the team making the final only to lose to NSW.

Fuller, originally from Northern NSW, performed strongly at the tournament and said she had been honoured to be part of the experience.

“It meant a lot to represent my culture (Bundjalung people) and my family at the Championships,’’ she said. 

"It’s a great opportunities to show representative pathways are available for other Indigenous guys and girls and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to do that,’’ Fuller said.

 2017 National Indigenous Squad (Women)

Ashleigh Gardner (Captain), NSW

Carly Fuller, QLD

Christina Coulson, QLD

Clodagh Ryall, QLD

Emily Martin (Bowden), WA

Emma Manix-Geeves, TAS

Hannah Darlington, NSW

Haylee Hoffmeister, NSW

Jacinda Goodger-Chandler, VIC

Jemma Astley, NSW

Kavita Pepper, WA

Maddison Greenhalgh, NSW

Marinda Hale, VIC

Molly Ward, VIC

Natalie Plane, VIC

Roxanne Van-Veen, NSW

Sally Moylan, NT

Samara Williams, WA

Sara Darney, NSW

Zoe Fleming, NSW


2017 National Indigenous Squad (Men)

Dan Christian (Captain), VIC

Alex Melville, QLD

Ben Abbatangelo, VIC

Brendan Smith, NSW

Brendan Doggett, QLD

Cameron Trask, QLD

Damon Egan, VIC

Dane Ugle, WA

D’Arcy Short, WA

Jonte Pattison, NSW

Joshua Lalor, NSW

Liam Ward, TAS

Nathan Price, NSW

Nick Boland, VIC

Rhys Ward, TAS

Ryan Lees, TAS

Sam Doggett, QLD

Scott Boland, VIC

Zac Chapman, NT 

*NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee.