October 31, 2022 | WNBL news

REFEREE PANEL AND INDIGENOUS JERSEY DESIGN ANNOUNCED FOR 2022/23 CYGNETT WNBL SEASON

Cygnett WNBL has today announced the referee panel for the upcoming 2022/23 season, which commences on Wednesday with the Grand Final rematch of Perth Lynx and Melbourne Boomers.

22/23 Referee Panel:

Richard BAI NSW
Aydin BAKER VIC
Daniel BATTYE VIC
Michael BEEVERS NSW
Scott CAMPBELL WA
Craig COPES WA
Michelle COSIER ACT
Madi CROWLEY-LONG QLD
Vanessa DEVLIN SA
Nicolle DICONZA WA
Joshua DURAND VIC
Bailey DYER SA
Troy EARLE VIC
Kyle EASTHER WA
Tayla FLINT VIC
Byron GEDDES NSW
Elliot GREEN VIC
James GRIGUOL SA
Mark GRIST WA
Calia HANKS QLD
Brad HENSHAW VIC
Mitchell HUDSON ACT
Shannon JENNINGS VIC
Jason KELLY VIC
Josh KNIGHT NSW
Brad MATTIOLI NSW
Alex McEWAN QLD
Darrell MILLARD QLD
Nathan PAFF NSW
Robert RICE NSW
Danika SHEPHERD SA
Todd SPAIN VIC
Hugh STARKEY SA
Travis STEWART WA
Jack TAYLOR ACT
Bianca VERNON VIC
Kylie VOEVODIN QLD

Cygnett WNBL also wishes to acknowledge the officials from last year’s panel who will not be officiating in the upcoming season:

  • Guy Richards
  • Steve DiConza
  • Haylee Cole
  • Luke Joseph
  • Simon Cosier
  • Dan Troy
  • Jacqui Dover
  • Alan Manhire (Referee Coach)
  • Shahrad Shafaghi

This year, the referee panel will wear jerseys with an Indigenous design component for all 84 games of the Cygnett WNBL season for the first time.

The Story behind the artwork

Title: “The only colours we know are the colours of the game”

 The artwork depicts the essence of basketball and the unity of the game that brings us all together.

The semi-circle in the top corner of the artwork visualises a team facing the court. The different layers in the semi-circle represent the individual players that make up the team.

The centre circle represents the basketball court, a communal space where players come together as equals to compete and play the game in unity.

The yellow connection lines emanating from the centre of the court acknowledge that basketball is truly a team sport – not only in relation to the players and spectators, but all the people across our sport supporting and coming together to make the great game happen.

The gateway at the bottom of the piece represents the many opportunities that basketball creates – individuals coming together as a team, working in partnership through the highs and lows to achieve success together. The opportunity to make friends, to improve health and fitness, and to jointly fight to make their team, fans and supporters proud.

The only colours we know are the colours of the game.

About the artist

Tamara May Murray

 The artist, Tamara May Murray, is a proud member of the Barkindji and Maraura tribe on her mother’s side, the Yorta Yorta and Dhudaroah tribes on her father’s side.

She grew up on the Namatjira Mission in the small country town of Coomealla

“Culture is everything to me, it’s a way of life, it’s my identity, it’s who I represent – my people, my family. Culture is our way of healing, telling stories, keeping spirits and traditions alive. It’s our connection to the land.”

For Tamara, her art is not simply paint on a canvas. It’s a story; it’s a place; it’s someone she has met along the way that has inspired her. It’s a deep connection to the land and her culture. It is a story that has been passed down.

“I want my art to help break down barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. I hope I can help educate and contribute to a more peaceful world where our children can all walk as one, hand in hand, no matter their skin colour or cultural identity.”

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