Ravensworth Rhinos make it two-in-a-row but it is the Singleton community who really wins

SPECIAL MENTION: Thanks to naming partner A-Plus Contracting along with Pirtek, Mine Wealth&Well-being, Slater & Gordon, Jennings Print, Minetek, Betts Bower Haulage and Hunter Isuzu Utes. PIC:  Valentine Sports Photography.
SPECIAL MENTION: Thanks to naming partner A-Plus Contracting along with Pirtek, Mine Wealth&Well-being, Slater & Gordon, Jennings Print, Minetek, Betts Bower Haulage and Hunter Isuzu Utes. PIC: Valentine Sports Photography.

In front of a large crowd, the Ravensworth Rhinos were dominant in the final of the 2017 Hunter Valley Charity Rugby League Knockout Competition on Saturday at Pirtek Park. Their win over the Saxonvale Raiders makes it  two-in-a-row for the Rhinos as they lived up to their reputation of being the “gun team” of the comp. Although the introduction of the ‘Women in Mining’ series uncovered a wealth of talent with the Hunter Hawkettes and Valley Vixens ripping in on the day. But it is the community that is the real winner on the day, says organiser Danny Eather. “This event is not just about Rugby League or the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, it is about bringing everyone in the community together,’ he explains. From mining executives, senior management and mineworkers to spectators, local businesses and service groups like Rotary and Lions, it is the support from all that makes it a successful tournament. With over 1500 passing through the gate and 16 male and two female teams taking to the paddock, it is becoming an iconic event. Testament to this was a surprise visit from NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee, who praised the efforts of organisers. Mr Eather says the event is gaining a similar reputation to the Relay for Life fundraiser. “We expect to raise between $60 000 to $70 000 but without our generous sponsors and the community support it would not happen.”