Coal miners throughout the Hunter Valley and beyond have begun training in preparation for this year’s A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
Each year the event continues to grow in popularity and this year a record 400 coal mining employees will make up the 23 teams that will represent their respective mines and compete in the rugby league competition at Singleton’s Pirtek Park on October 19.
This year, several new teams will be joining men’s competition with teams even travelling from Lake Macquarie, Mudgee and Narrabri. As well as the much-anticipated “Women of Mining Series” which will see 30 of the regions female miners hit it out in a best of three series.
Last year the day raised $85,000 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service with a record breaking number of spectators attending and all signs point to another successful event this year. Event Organiser and the Service’s Community Liaison Officer, Danny Eather believes that this year’s competition is shaping up to be the best so far.
“With the addition of the new teams to the event from mine site both in the Hunter Valley and beyond, there is a lot of interest in what the new teams will bring to the day’s games. Equally it reinforces the importance that the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has in providing vital lifesaving assistance in the regional communities” said Mr. Eather.
“As a Service, we are extremely grateful for the continued support we receive from our local mining community, who ensure that the Rescue Helicopter can continue to fly 24-7, especially when we average over 1,500 mission yearly throughout Northern NSW from our three bases in Newcastle, Tamworth and Lismore.” He added.
In the meantime, representatives from all teams with gather at the Imperial Hotel, Singleton next Friday (Sept 27) for a team briefing and draw the all-important team pools for the day’s competition draw.
About the event:
The A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Day is an annual fundraising event for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The event will take place at Pirtek Park, Singleton on Saturday 19th October with the first game kicking off at 8.30am. Thank you to event partners A-Plus Contracting, Jennings Print, Mine Super, Pirtek, Slater & Gordon, Tyre Doctor, Aletek, NSW Mining, Mader NSW, Yancoal Mount Thorley Warkworth, Bowers Heavy Haulage, Coal Services, Hunter Isuzu, Hunter Valley Operations, Oiltest and At The Coalface.
Following the success of last year's event, the event committee have decided that it is was in the best interest of all to ensure that the 2019 A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Knockout Competition Day is held away from the weekends that conflict with national sporting events and selected October 19th as the date for the sixth annual event.
The committee is also pleased to announce that the will take place at the home of Singleton Rugby League, Pirtek Park. The Singleton Rugby League Club have been fantastic supporters of the event and we look forward to another successful event in 2019.
2019 is set to provide an exciting day of rugby league action as our teams of local miners swap their work boots for footy boots as they compete against each other to be crowned Champions. Whilst supporting the vital live saving work undertaken by the crews of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service within our community 24-7.
Team registrations will open in March 2019.
First timers crowned champions, record breaking attendance and $85,000 raised for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
It was sweet victory for the Bengalla Badger who were crowned men’s champions in their first competition appearance, the Hunter Hawkettes reigned supreme in the ladies competition and a record setting 2500 spectators attended this year A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Competition at Singleton earlier this month on October 13.
Following some ‘serious training’ sessions and a determination to play with the pride for their Bengalla mine site, the Badgers battled it out with the Hunter Valley Operations, United Cobras to the very last minute, securing a try and ultimate victory in a nail biting 18-12 grand final in the men’s decider. Whilst the Hunter Hawkettes were victorious over the Valley Vixens in 3 – 0 game series victory in the second annual ‘Women in Mining’ series.
Although, undeniably the biggest winner on the day was the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, with a record breaking $85,000 raised, bring total funds raised during the past five year, just shy of $300,000.
Organised by the Singleton Volunteer Support Group for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, this year’s event saw over 350 mining employees come together to make up the 18 teams competing in the rugby league 10’s competition at Pirtek Park.
Event Coordinator and Community Liaison Officer for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Danny Eather said he is just astounded by the continued support of the both the business community and the wider community in supporting this event.
‘Being our 5th annual event, we are truly blown away by the continued support of the event, which continues to grow year on year.’
‘Our team of committed volunteers have worked hard to establish this event to be a highly anticipated event on the local sporting calendar. This was evident in the number of spectators that attended, with over 2500 attendees passing through the gate during the day, which is heart-warming’ Mr Eather said.
More than 70 local businesses supported the teams to help their fundraising targets with major sponsorship secured from A-Plus Contracting along with Jennings Print, Pirtek, Mine Super, Slater & Gordon, Matthews Jewellers, NSW Mining, Tyre Doctor, Bowers Haulage, Oiltest, The Eye Place, Hunter Isuzu Utes, SES Labour Solutions and the Imperial Hotel.
Coal Services Mines Rescue, Group 21 Rugby League Referees Association, Singleton Rugby League Club and the Singleton Rotary and Lions clubs all provided in-kind support and assistance on the day.
‘The Upper Hunter community, and the mining sector, are well aware of vital work that the Rescue Helicopter undertakes within our region continue to be extremely supportive of fundraising events such as the Rugby League Day to ensure that the rescue helicopter is available free-of-charge 24-7.’ Mr Eather said.
One week until annual Charity Rugby League Day kicks off for 5th year.
The countdown is well and truly on with just one week until the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s – Singleton Support Group hosts the fifth installment of the annual A-Plus Contracting Hunter Valley Mining Charity Rugby League Competition, with the event shaping up to be another great success for the community.
This past week, representatives of the 18 competition teams including members of the “women in mining” teams gathered to launch the countdown to the charity competition as well as deciding upon the all-important pools draw for the competition.
The opening match of the day will see the Glendell Gladiators take on newcomers to the competition the Bengalla Badgers. Several other match are getting many talking with the local industry with the highly anticipated 2017 grand final rematch between the reigning champions Ravensworth Rhinos and the Saxonvale Raiders. As well the debut of two new teams in the Rebel Roos and Integra Tigers.
Excitement is also building for the second instalment of the ‘Women in Mining’ series, which will see two ladies teams going head to head in a best of three series. The talent and skills of the ladies displayed last year was incredible and will not disappoint this year.
Community Liaison Officer for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Danny Eather, thanked the local miners in attendance for taking up the challenge and participating in the annual event to benefit the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
“We are extremely grateful for the continued support our local miners. The willingness of our local miners swap their steel caps boots for footy boots in the name of charity is unbelievable.”
“Whilst bragging rights are on the line for all teams, the serious business of the day is to raise funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The Service is vital to this region and we are extremely grateful for the continued support we receive from our local community, who ensure that the Rescue Helicopter can continue to fly 24-7 as a free service.”
Mr Eather also acknowledge the support of the many event partners and sponsors whom has been critical to continued success of the event.
“Special mention has to be given to long term naming partner A-Plus Contracting along with Jennings Print, Pirtek, Mine Super, Slater & Gordon, Jennings Print, Matthews Jewellers, NSW Mining, Tyre Doctor, Bower Haulage, Oiltest, The Eye Place, Hunter Isuzu Utes and SES Labour Solutions in supporting this year. All of whom go beyond the financial investment and really get behind the day” said Mr Eather
Gates at Pirtek Park, Singleton will open on October 13th at 8.00am with the first game kicking off at 8.50am. Entry to the event is $5 per adult and $2 per child with FREE children’s activities including jumping castles, slides, face painting, hands on community displays. Plenty of food will be available along with full bar facilities.