Australia A cricketers conduct development clinic on Palm Island

30 June, 2010: Three players from the Australia A cricket team today visited Palm Island to conduct a development clinic and provide cricket equipment to the Island’s Indigenous children.

George Bailey, Jake Haberfield, and Andrew McDonald conducted a one hour development clinic with Indigenous children at the Palm Island Sport and Recreation Centre. Commonwealth Bank arranged the trip together with Cricket Australia and provided cricket sets and Commonwealth Bank Series cricket packs including a hat, water bottle and autograph book to the children.

Tristan Wills, Commonwealth Bank Executive General Manager of Corporate Sustainability said that helping bring cricket to communities across Australia was a key objective of the Bank’s 23 year partnership with Cricket Australia.

“Cricket is one of Australia’s favourite pastimes and the Commonwealth Bank is determined to support what’s important to the Australian community.  We are especially proud to support cricket in Indigenous communities, like Palm Island,” she said

Ms Wills said the visit reinforces Commonwealth Bank’s commitment to its Reconciliation Action Plan, the Group’s formal commitment to Indigenous Australians

“We are committed to our Indigenous customers, staff and community.

“We will continue to work with our partners to offer Indigenous children the same opportunities afforded to other children around the country.



For more information contact:

Tracy Hicks, Commonwealth Bank

Ph: (02) 9118 6919

Mob: 0404 983 380


About Commonwealth Bank’s involvement in cricket in Australia

Commonwealth Bank and Cricket Australia have worked in partnership for 23 years. The Bank is a Platinum Partner of Cricket Australia, naming sponsor of one day international matches played in Australia, the Commonwealth Bank Series, and sponsor of the Australian men’s one day international team for matches played in Australia.

Commonwealth Bank is the Principal Partner of the Imparja Cup, major sponsor of the Australian Country Cricket Championships and the naming rights partner of the Australian Women’s Cricket team, Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars, and the national women’s development team, Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars.

Through the Commonwealth Bank Grants for Grassroots Cricket program over 200 cricket clubs around Australia are awarded cash and equipment each year to support cricket at all levels.