11,000 Tamworth footy fans turn out for Voice for Mining celebrations

April 22, 2018

11,000 Tamworth footy fans turn out for Voice for Mining celebrations

A capacity crowd of 11,000 Rugby League fans, including local miners and their families, turned out to support two great teams at Scully Park last night - the Newcastle Knights and New England’s mining community.

NRL fans, mining families, suppliers and industry supporters packed out Scully Park where they watched the Knights defeat Wests Tigers in a tight 22-20 finish.

The Knights took the field in their special hi-vis replica mining jersey in support of the region’s miners and the hundreds of local businesses that supply the mining industry.

Newcastle Knights CEO Phil Gardner said the Voice for Mining community celebrations in Tamworth show the close links between mining families and the Knights continue to grow stronger.

“This partnership with NSW Mining is really important to us. The mining industry makes a massive contribution to regional NSW and to the State, and Rugby League is also really important to the people of the New England region, so we think it’s a great fit,” Mr Gardner said.     

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said mining and rugby league are both very important to the local area and last night’s show of support was very much appreciated.

“Mining and Rugby League are a part of the fabric of towns like Tamworth, Gunnedah, Werris Creek, Narrabri and Boggabri. Thank you to the thousands of fans who turned out showing their support for the Newcastle Knights and local mining families,” Mr Galilee said.


Harry Stutchbury | NSW Minerals Council | hstutchbury@nswmining.com.au | 0433 774 001

Amy Ziniak | Newcastle Knights | aziniak@newcastleknights.com.au | 0400 761 741  


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