THE BEGINNING – 1991 “If you build it they will come”.
It was July 1991 and my wife Maree and I, along with our two sons Nathan and Benjamin were watching a movie on TV called American Flyers. The main characters in the movie were 2 brothers and while it wasn’t a box office hit, the brother’s surname struck me as interesting. I said to my wife, “I really like their surname and if ever we start up a cricket company, let’s call it Sommers.” Kevin Costner was the star in that movie and at the time I had recalled another Costner movie called Field of Dreams. It had a famous line in the movie when a voice from the clouds said, “if you build it they will come”.
THE DREAM – 1993 Started with making 20 Sommers cricket bats
My dream in 1991 was to establish a Sommers cricket brand and for it to be our family owned and operated business. Two years later my dream became a reality and we set up Sommers International Pty Ltd. It wasn’t really an international company but it had potential and it was our little family business.
During the first year of trading we made 20 Sommers branded English Willow cricket bats that were mostly given away to family and friends. The Sommers brand was born. Over the years, Sommers has been privileged to sponsor hundreds of cricketers including legends of the game like Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Michael Bevan, Aravinda De Silva and Junior Murray to name just a few. We’ve also been a major supporter of the McGrath Foundation due to our association with Glenn and one fact of a more personal nature that will be obvious if you read on to the final paragraph.
SOMMERS SPORTSWEAR – It’s our business
While Cricket will always be an important part of our family business, it has evolved over the past 26 years to incorporate custom made sportswear. In fact the supply of sportswear for our clients is today the major focus of Sommers Sports. That wasn’t our plan way back in 1991 but it happened due to a strong demand. Many of the clubs we were working with sought the design and supply of apparel for their teams as they knew we had the contacts to assist. Our goal has always been to assist if possible.
TODAY – 2019 “You’re in good company”
Our early entry in custom made apparel was for Cricket teams but today we cater for all team sports as well as work wear and even business attire. The logos proudly displayed in the YOU’RE IN GOOD COMPANY page are just some of the clients we are working with today. We love what we do and we welcome new clients to become our customers.
The original members of Sommers family business were Maree, John, Nathan and Benjamin and while Maree sadly passed away in 2017 from breast cancer, John, Nathan and Ben are still actively involved in the day to day running of Sommers and loving it. If you contact Sommers you will speak to one of the family and you will receive service like never before. That was Maree’s wish.