Armbands a wonderful gesture

A WONDERFUL gesture by the Bendigo District Cricket Association and all clubs to wear black armbands in tribute to Luke Batty this weekend.

The decision follows on nicely from the Australian cricket team’s decision to pay their respects in a similar way in the First Test against South Africa.

The tragedy surrounding the death of Luke Batty at the hands of his father during a cricket training session in Melbourne on Wednesday has been felt by all.

BDCA board member Travis Harling summed up the depth of this gesture perfectly.

''It was a such a tragic event. I think it is probably just a small bit of goodwill that the cricket association can offer to such a sad story," he said.

A sad and tragic story indeed.

I think it is probably just a small bit of goodwill that the cricket association can offer to such a sad story

Hopefully, wonderful gestures such as the one by the BDCA and its clubs this weekend will help support Luke’s mother Rosie, his friends and family during this horrific time in their lives.

Luke’s mother has been incredible, a fact not lost on Victoria's Children's Commissioner Bernie Geary.

"I would hope that all Victorians would take their lead in dealing with the news of such a tragedy from this incredibly compassionate mother who has been so brave and strong in speaking of her son and former partner," he said.

Wise words.

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