Serious training has begun for local coalminers preparing for the 2016 A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Knockout Competition in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
Organised by the Singleton Volunteer Support Group, 300 local mining employees will make up the 16 teams who’ll represent their respective mines and compete in the day-long rugby league 10’s competition at Singleton’s Pirtek Park on October 8.
This year’s competition will see teams divided into four pools with each playing a minimum of two games during the day. Based on collective points the teams placed first will advance through to the semi-finals and then onto the grand final.
2016 A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Knockout Competition team line-up:
1. Ashton Wombats
2. Austar Swamp Rats
3. Glendell Gladiators
4. Hunter Valley United Cobras
5. Liddell Lions
6. Maules Creek Maulers
7. Mt Thorley Warkworth Barbarians
8. Mt Thorley Warkworth Razorbacks
9. Mt Arthur Meerkats (A)
10. Mt Arthur Meerkats (B)
11. Mt Owen Muddogs
12. Ravensworth Rhinos
13. Rix's Creek Rattlesnakes
14. Saxonvale Raiders
15. Wambo Wolves
16. Werris Creek Wild Cats
Last year the charity day raised $50,000 for the Rescue Helicopter with more than 1,000 spectators, family and friends expected to turn out for this year’s event. Off-field entertainment includes food stands, jumping castles, amusement rides and face painting.
The local business community has once again rallied with A-Plus Contracting, Pirtek, IEEP Engineered Products, Jennings Print, Workpac and Betts Bowers all major sponsors. More than 70 businesses have backed individual teams to help with their fundraising targets with Coal Services Mines Rescue (First Aid), Group 21 Rugby League Referees Association and Singleton’s Rotary and Lions clubs providing in-kind support and assistance on the day.
Every year the Rescue Helicopter undertakes more than 1000 missions including transporting people from accident scenes, transferring critically ill patients between hospitals and undertaking search and rescue operations. The Singleton Volunteer Support Group has worked hard to raise funds for the past 19 years to help raise awareness and the funds to make sure this vital community service stays in the air.
For more information:
Event organiser | Danny Eather 0439 072 077