World Class Knights competition winners announced

June 13, 2014

We’ve unearthed so many great stories as part of our Voice for Mining Family Day about the importance of mining, the connection between the Newcastle Knights and our miners and the sense of community that exists in the Hunter Valley and in mining communities across the state. 
 
Kurt Gidley spoke to us with his Father who is a recently retired coalminer in the Hunter. And there’s Steve Simpson and Bill Peden - two Knights club legends who are now proud Hunter coal miners.
 
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But above all we’ve been blown away by great show of support we’ve seen for our partnership with the Knights in the community. We’ve been contacted by so many people telling us how much the Voice for Mining movement means to them and our partnership with the Knights to highlight our hardworking miners really seems to have struck a chord with footy fans and miners alike right across the state. 
 
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This week saw the end of our World Class Knights competition, where we asked fans to select their “dream team” of players from the past 25 years. 
 
We can reveal that the winner is Andrew Frith, from Newcastle, whose World Class Knights team was the closest match to the team selected by our panel of experts. Andrew wins the grand prize “money-can’t buy” experience to travel with the NRL squad to Sydney, stay in the team hotel and watch an NRL game from the coach’s box.
 
As a long time supporter of the club, Andrew is a worthy winner. 
 
“I've been a Knights supporter since day one, I went to their first game in the NSWRL comp in 1988 against Parramatta. I've coached schoolboy footy in my job as a high school teacher so it will be amazing to see what goes on behind the scenes of a professional league team. It will be a memorable experience and I'm grateful for this opportunity,” Andrew said.
 
And there was our Instagram competition where we asked you to “Show Us Your Colours” at Voice for Mining Family Day. We had some excellent high-vis entries - you can see some of them by visiting our #VoiceForMining Tagboard.   
 
We’re pleased to announce that the winner of this competition is Steve Fenton, a huge Newcastle Knights supporter, now living in Brisbane, who wins a signed Newcastle Knights high-vis miners’ jersey!

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Mining is very much in Steve’s blood. He works at a mine in Queensland and his father is a proud coal miner too.
 
“I have been a fan of the Newcastle Knights ever since I was a young kid growing up in Newcastle. My dad has worked in coal mining most of his life and now I am a HSE Advisor on an ADR Drilling Rig operating in western Queensland,” Steve said. 
 
“Ever since I read about the Newcastle Knights and NSW Mining doing a few rounds in the NRL wearing a Hi-Vis Miners jersey to honor the miners, I have followed it with interest. I am extremely please to have won especially being a Newcastle supporter living in Brisbane.”
 
Thank you again for supporting our partnership with the Newcastle Knights and for those of you who took the time to enter our giveaways. If you came to the event over the weekend, we hope you enjoyed the day. You can watch our two minute highlights on Youtube, see photos on instagram and Facebook, and read more online at nswmining.com.au. 
 
Here is the World Class Knights team as selected by our expert panel.
 
1. Robbie O'Davis
2. Adam MacDougall
3. Matt Gidley
4. Timana Tahu
5. Akuila Uate
6. Jarrod Mullen
7. Andrew Johns
8. Paul Harragon (c)
9. Danny Buderus
10. Tony Butterfield
11. Steve Simpson
12. Ben Kennedy
13. Marc Glanville
 
Interchange:
14. Mark Sargent
15. Adam Muir
16. Matthew Johns
17. Kurt Gidley
 

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