Wearing Orange in Orange: Knights, fans and miners unite for pre-season tour

February 25, 2016

The Knights may not have won against the Raiders on Saturday evening at Wade Park, Orange but they still had reason to celebrate with thousands of fans travelling from across NSW and beyond to watch them play in their hi-vis jerseys.
Local schoolkids were lucky enough to meet some of their NRL Heroes last week as the boys went to sign autographs and spend some time with their young fans in the region.

Tariq Sims, Sione Mata’utia and Nathan Ross from the Newcastle Knights also visited Newcrest Mining's Cadia Mine in Orange, NSW to meet some of the workforce.  The boys stayed on after meeting with the Mine's General Manager, Tony McPaul to have some breakfast. Nathan Ross from the Knights knows all too well the meaning of supporting 'our two great teams', having once been a miner himself for several years!

Pictured: Tariq Sims, Sione Mata’utia and Nathan Ross with Cadia Miners
Knights Players took to the field at Wade Park for a training Session on Friday 19th which was open to the public to come and show their support. After training in the hot sun for a few hours, players took the time out to sign autographs and take photos with over 100 local fans who came to watch.

Game day

And finally game day on Saturday was a hub of activity with more than 7500 fans streaming in to see the Knights take on the Raiders, collecting their hi-vis vest and 'Go Knights. Go Miners' try cards on the way. Local mine workers from Cadia, Alkane, Northparkes and Centennial Coal also turned out with friends and family to see the Knights playing in their hi-vis in the heart of the Central-West.
Stef Loader, Managing Director at Northparkes Mines and Chair of the NSW Minerals Council presented a signed hi-vis Knights jersey to Mayor of Orange, John Davis, prior to kick off, to commemorate the week’s events and celebrate both the significant long-term contribution that mining makes to the Central-West region, and the strong relationship that the Newcastle Knights has with our miners.
Pictured: Stef loader presenting a signed Knights miners jersey to the Mayor of Orange, John Davis
Hundreds of fans poured onto the pitch at the end of the game to meet the players and the atmosphere was electric. 

Look out for the announcement of the fourth annual Voice for Mining Family Day next week, which will again be a highlight of the 2016 NRL season and a fun and positive way for the Newcastle and Hunter community to support the Knights and local mining industry.  

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