13 July 2023

New Canberra Cavalry GM seeks success on and off the ballpark

| Tim Gavel
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New Canberra Cavalry general manager Ciaran O’Rourke. Photo: Supplied.

Last season the Canberra Cavalry missed the Australian Baseball League playoffs by half a game following a washout in Sydney.

Despite missing out, it was felt the Cavalry had laid the platform to build success in the 2023/24 season.

While success on the park is important, engagement with the Canberra community is equally crucial for incoming general manager Ciaran O’Rourke.

“We want the experience of coming to our games to be a total community experience with people, sport, food and a sense of excitement.”

Ciaran arrives as general manager with first-hand knowledge of what makes Canberrans tick after roles with Canberra United, Bowls ACT and the Australian Sports Commission.

He also has a passion for the Canberra Cavalry.

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The platform has been built for a big 2023-24 season for the Canberra Cavalry: Thomas Lucraft.

“I love the club. I have supported the Cavalry as a member, and the atmosphere is something unique. I loved everything about the whole experience at the ballpark. The opportunity to lead the organisation was too hard to pass up.”

Ciaran takes over from Sunny Singh who was in the role for seven years and built the club to considerable heights.

The focus for Ciaran is to lift the number of Canberra players on the Cavalry roster.

“We are here to win championships, but we are also keen to produce as many local players as possible playing in the ABL. That is the future of the Cavalry. That is the key to long-term sustainable success.”

For this to happen, he will be working closely with newly appointed Baseball Canberra CEO Ryan Flynn, who has only been in the role a short time but has hit the ground running.

Local players will bring more crowds to the Cavalry games. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

Ciaran is also determined to ensure that as many people as possible in the Canberra community know about Cavalry home games.

“Coming back after COVID, there was a perception that people didn’t know we were back. We are going to be loud this year.”

Engagement with the Canberra baseball community will be crucial in getting that message across.

This task is made easier with an increase in the number of local players in the squad.

Want to know more? Visit Canberra Cavalry.

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