Basketball ACT has agreed in principle to allow Canberra Cannons Pty Ltd to operate the existing Canberra Gunners program in the South East Australia Basketball League (SEABL). The arrangement will result in the Canberra Gunners being renamed as the Canberra Cannons to participate in the 2010 SEABL competition.
The change of identity and governance is not linked with any expectation for the team to be entered into the NBL in the short term. The goal for the new Canberra Cannons, under the guidance of General Manager Terry Ryan, is to increase the profile of men’s basketball in the Canberra community and to gain a strong supporter base behind the team.
Key principles of the arrangement include:
· Canberra Cannons Pty Ltd to operate the SEABL license on behalf of Basketball ACT
- The Canberra Gunners to be renamed and rebranded as the Canberra Cannons
- The new Canberra Cannons to play their home games out of the AIS Arena
- The Canberra Cannons to maintain a high level of local playing talent and to continue to be a critical part of the local basketball pathway
- The Canberra Cannons will work closely with Basketball ACT to ensure a strong linkage between the Cannons and the broader basketball community
“This is an exciting day for basketball in the ACT. The Canberra Cannons departed suddenly in 2003 and the Canberra community has missed them. The Canberra Gunners have proudly taken the mantle of Canberra’s #1 male basketball team and have represented the Canberra community with distinction in their absence, however with this announcement we feel as though we are getting the best of both worlds”.
“The Cannons were one of Canberra’s most successful sporting teams and I am very supportive of the Cannons name being attached with basketball in the ACT once again”.
Terry Ryan (Managing Director, Canberra Cannons):
“We welcome the opportunity to restart the Cannons and build on the Gunners organisation and achievements over the previous years. Canberra basketball and the Cannons have a long tradition of developing local players and that’s a path we are committed to following. Our plan is to build a highly competitive team that plays an exciting brand of team basketball. We have an excellent core of local players from the Gunners and will add to that where necessary.”
The Cannons were a real part of the Canberra community and we want to bring some of that spirit back. A critical element in re-establishing the Cannons is developing a sustainable financial model. Our model is based on attracting sponsors and a wide membership base and the response to date has been very encouraging. We will promote the Cannons through both the existing basketball community and hope to attract new followers through school and junior programs. The AIS Arena is an excellent home for the new Cannons and much of our focus will be on increasing attendance at home games and delivering value to corporate supporters.”
Over the coming weeks, Basketball ACT and the Canberra Cannons will finalise the agreement between the parties with an intention of the Board of Basketball ACT signing off at a Board meeting on 23 December.By Basketball ACT