The mercury may have tipped the mid-thirties, that did not deter the record number of spectators filling Singleton’s Pirtek Park and cheering on their husbands, partners, fathers, sons, brothers and colleagues at the 2015 A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Knockout Competition.
This year’s Competition delivered enough hard hitting action reminisce of the National Rugby League with many players digging deep and giving it there all, with bragging rights were on the line. The highly anticipated grand final did not disappoint with the Austar Swamp Rats defeating the Ravensworth Rhinos 10 points to 4 in the Grand Final.
Whilst the competition pitted local mines employees against each other to claim the prestigious Charity Shield, the importance of the day was not lost with an incredible $45,000 being raised for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service on the day.
Event manager Danny Eather admitted he was delighted with the overwhelming success of the day.
“There was a great sense of community and being family-friendly with plenty of activities to keep all the kids entertained”
“Despite the warm weather, the players provided an entertaining day of competition, with many spectators remain until the very last tackle in the deciding game”
“Overall, everything exceeded our expectations and we look forward to doing it all again in 2016”
Mr. Eather also acknowledged all the players, event partners and sponsors, spectators and fellow volunteers that helped made the day such a success.
“Whilst there are just too many organizations and individuals to single out I would just like make a special mention of a few – Andrew Hughes of A-Plus Contracting, Gus Mather & Malcolm Wills of Pirtek and our host Brad Solman, President of the Singleton Greyhounds United Rugby League Club without your combined support the event would not have been such a success as it was”