PERTH HEAT V TEAM AUSTRALIA

The Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat are proud and excited to announce Team Australia will visit Perth for a blockbuster event later this month.

Corroboree at the Ballpark will pitch Team Australia against the Heat in a three-game series at Empire Ballpark on Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29.

“This is a special moment,” Perth Heat Chief Executive Steven Nelkovski said.

Corroboree at the Ballpark is an event we’ve had in the pipeline for a few years so to have the opportunity to engage, celebrate and respect our Indigenous culture is very important to Perth Heat.

“We see Corroboree at the Ballpark as a significant cultural event and a series we’d like to become an annual celebration.”

Corroboree at the Ballpark will be supported by the Phil Walley-stack Indigenous Arts Foundation.

Mr Walley-stack, a Noongar artist, musician, dancer and author, has designed the jerseys that will be worn during the special series.

“I’ve been working with Steven Nelkovski and the team at Perth Heat for a couple of years, they have genuine respect for Indigenous culture and making meaningful and ongoing connections with the Indigenous community,” he said.

“Connections between cultures are formed through the common ground of sports and the arts. This contributes to stronger communities and builds positive mental health and wellbeing.

Corroboree at the Ballpark will provide the opportunity for Indigenous culture through design and performance, and to inspire Indigenous children to follow their dreams whether that be on the baseball field or aspiring to be an artist.

“The event will also shape as an important series for Team Australia, who play world champions Japan in Sapporo in November, and co-captain Tim Atherton said he couldn’t wait to arrive in Perth.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be getting ready to represent Australia , firstly in Perth and then in Japan,” he said.

“To be able to get the group together after a significant absence is something everyone both on and off the field is really excited about.

“I’m personally looking forward to taking the field in Perth; there’s a great vibe among the group and it will be a good chance to come together before we take on the world champions.”