Macarthur cricket stalwart honoured with OAM

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Macarthur cricketer Allan Connolly has been posthumously named a recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).

The late Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club stalwart died in 2019 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Mr Connolly was a Life Member of the Campbelltown City Junior Cricket Club, Campbelltown City Senior Cricket Club and the Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club.

A Campbelltown Camden District Cricket Club spokesman said Mr Connolly was deserving of recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

"Since the early 1980s, Allan Connolly had been passionately committed to the development of cricket in the Macarthur region," he said.

"As a player and administrator at Campbelltown City Cricket Club, he devoted countless summer weekends to coaching junior players, umpiring junior matches, and preparing grounds for play."

Mr Connolly's obituary stated that during his tenure as president of the club from 2000 to 2009, he initiated a major project to improve the facilities offered at the Raby Sports Complex, the Ghosts home ground.

"His plan was to raise funds with his committee to construct new buildings that would make the complex a first-class sporting facility, the first of its kind in the Macarthur Region or for that matter... Sydney/NSW/Australia," the obituary stated.

"The facility would also set a new benchmark for junior and senior cricket in New South Wales.

"This new facility would serve as a central point of growth and development of the CCDCC and its culture. He got the job done."

Several Macarthur residents and community representatives received Queen's Birthday Honours today, including: