24 August 2023

A new era beckons for the Canberra Cavalry in the Australian Baseball League

| Tim Gavel
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The Australian Baseball League, Baseball Australia and the Cavalry have signed a five-year licence extension. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

The Canberra Cavalry, a foundation member of the Australian Baseball League, has been integral to the league’s success since 2010.

The Cavalry remains the only Australian team to have won the Asian series, the same year the team took out the Claxton Shield (2013).

There have also been seven finals appearances.

Of greater importance has been the role played by the Cavalry in generating support for baseball in the ACT.

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The Canberra Cavalry has generated considerable support across the ACT community. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

It’s unsurprising then that the Australian Baseball League, Baseball Australia and the Cavalry have signed a five-year licence extension.

The agreement provides certainty to the Canberra baseball community and the organisation itself. The licence is held by Infielder Pty Ltd, Brendon Major, Adrian Dart and Paul Kelly.

It’s been an eventful time for the ABL. Auckland and Geelong-Korea are no longer in the league, which will return to a six-team competition next season.

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In the wake of the licence agreement extension with the Cavalry, ABL general manager Paul Gonzales reiterated the importance of Canberra to the league which has been an important pillar in the success of the ABL.

“The Cavalry’s support of baseball in the ACT, Australia and internationally has been a significant contributor to the continued growth of baseball in Australia and the ABL,” he explained.

“The ABL acknowledges the collective efforts of the licence holders and looks forward to working towards the brand going from strength to strength.”

As part of the strategy to lift crowd numbers this season, Cavalry general manager Ciaran O’Rourke promises a fresh take on the game-day experience.

“There will be new membership and ticketing options, and areas of the ballpark have been revamped and reactivated to ensure our fans continue to have the best experience in the country.”

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Brendan Major from the Cavalry management group said the team’s commitment to Canberra has never been stronger.

He says, “We remain fully committed to the Canberra community and look forward to welcoming fans back over the next five seasons.”

All that awaits now is the release of the schedule for the upcoming season and the finalisation of the playing roster.

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