All-Star game bid for centenary sportfest
Cavalry assistant general manager Thom Carter is confident of bringing the All-Star game to Canberra in the next three years. Photo: Melissa Adams
The Canberra Cavalry believe they've earned the right to host the Australian Baseball League All-Star game and it would be the perfect reward for the support they've received from the nation's capital.
As revealed in The Canberra Times, the ABL offered next year's All-Star game to the ACT as part of the centenary celebrations and is in negotiations with the ACT government to bring it to Narrabundah Ballpark. It promises to be a bumper birthday bash, with rugby union, rugby league, cricket and golf already committed.
Today, Netball Australia will officially announce the details of a Trans-Tasman netball Test between Australia and New Zealand at the AIS Arena. It is likely to be held next October and will be the third and final Test in the Constellation Cup between to the rivals.
The clash will add to the rugby league Trans-Tasman Test at Canberra Stadium, the ACT Brumbies game against the British and Irish Lions, a day-night one-dayer featuring the Australian cricket team at Manuka Oval for the first time and the women's Australian Golf Open at Royal Canberra.
Cavalry assistant general manager Thom Carter was confident of bringing the All-Star game to Canberra within three years, but was unsure whether it would be in 2013.
''Even before the inception [of the Cavalry] with the 'Let's do it Canberra' campaign, this has been a great grassroots community and a great organisation and [the All-Star game] would be a great way to showcase it to the world,'' he said. ''I'm fairly confident that within the next two to three year's we'll be able to bring the All-Star game here.''
Meanwhile, the Cavalry will play two games against the New Zealand men's team at Narrabundah on November 9 and 10.
While Carter would not confirm the games, The Canberra Times believes the Kiwis will use the games as a warm-up for a World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament in Taiwan the following week.
The Cavalry have a bye in the ABL that weekend and the New Zealand games are already listed on the club's website.