Miners and Knights show their colours at community day in Singleton

March 25, 2015

Singleton showed just how much its supports two great Hunter teams - the Newcastle Knights and our NSW mining families - at our hi-vis community day ahead of Voice for Mining Family Day on Saturday.

Plenty of people turned out from across the community and hundreds of kids from local schools including Singleton Public School got to meet their favourite players and learn some new skills in clinics run by the whole first grade NRL squad.

Fullback / Winger Jake Mamo signs autographs for school kids after their skills and fitness session at Pirtek Park

It is the first time the whole team has been to the Upper Hunter during the season for an event like this and demonstrates the club's commitment to Knights fans and the mining communities of the region. 

Miners representing Upper Hunter mining families presented hi-vis replica mining jerseys to the 17-man squad for Saturday’s game against the Panthers. Bill Peden, former Newcastle Knights premiership winning player, works at Yancoal’s Abel underground mine and led the way in this special presentation with Knights forward Jack Stockwell.

Meantime, another voice has been added to the growing number of supporters for the Hunter’s miners as the Singleton Greyhounds Rugby League Football Club adds NSW Mining to its partners for 2015.

The club is a big part of the community in the Upper Hunter and has a strong connection to the region’s miners with most of its sponsors from the mining supply chain and many of its players working in local mines or coming from families

Brad Solman from Singleton RLFC presents Scott Keenan from the NSW Minerals Council with the new 2015 miners jersey

Club President Brad Solman works for Coal & Allied and is grateful for the support from sponsors and the town’s mining community. The club has a function room at its home ground which can be hired to watch Group 21 games in style.

READ: Newcastle Knights out in full force for mining - Newcastle Herald

NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee, said this community demonstrated the strong bond between the Knights and the Hunter’s 12,000 miners and their families.  

“The Upper Hunter is rugby league heartland, with club legends and former players now working in the region’s coal community.

“And we’re proud to partner with the Singleton Rugby League Football Club with the NSW Mining logo to be worn by a player in the club’s top three grades this year in recognition of the important contribution our miners make to the local community and economy.”

Voice for Mining Family Day is a major event for our mining communities and demonstrates grass-roots support for mining in NSW. This year, held on the same day as the NSW state election, it gives miners, their families and the local community a chance to make their voices heard by those seeking election to the NSW Parliament. 

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