Last Saturday, the Brisbane Bullets took on the Perth Wildcats at home in the Armery for the third and final game of the Indigenous Round, sponsored by Rork Projects.
Rork Projects Co-Owners, Brian O’Rourke and John Janke, gave the team a pre-game ‘Pep Talk’ about the importance of this round, the jerseys they are wearing, and the people they are inspiring when they take the court during this round. They then had the pleasure of presenting the team with their Indigenous Jersey’s.
As a part of Rork Projects’ sponsorship of the Indigenous Round, the Brisbane Bullets provide exclusive access to their ‘Chairman’s Lounge’ for Rork family, friends and clients.
This is a great opportunity for everyone to experience the magic of this round, with food, drinks, and great company – as well as the added bonus of meeting some of the players after the game.
Preceding the game, The Bullets and Wildcats walked onto the court side-by-side for a powerful welcome to country, performed by the traditonal owners of the land, as well as a dance and performence piece by the Yuggera Chepara Dancers and Yuggera Dance Group.
Wearing their NBL22 Indigenous jersey, once again designed by Wiradjuri woman Janelle McQueen, the Bullets raced out to an early lead.
This year, the jersey represents the Brisbane Bullets story as they continue their commitment to reconcile with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The Southern Cross for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represents ‘The Dream Time’ and was used by many to navigate through not only their lands, but to travel across others to meet new people.
Unfortunately for us on the night, the Brisbane Bullets went down fighting against the Perth Wildcats, losing what was a game of two halves 95-83.
Robert Franks was a standout for the home side with 21-point and eight boards. Lamar Patterson impressed, with the American adding 16-points and eight assists.
Deng Deng’s purple patch also continued with the 30-year-old scoring 12-points, which was the third highest of any player on the home side.
Brisbane were without two of their regular starters for this highly anticipated clash, with Nathan Sobey and Tyrell Harrison having both been ruled out for this round 15 matchup through injury.
Rork Projects would like to thank everyone who attended the Indigenous Round in 2022.