The Greater is always looking to support the community and we’re proud to say we’ve been supporting the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union (NHRU) for many years. We continue our naming rights partnership with the NHRU for the 2015 season.
Our support benefits local rugby clubs, players, fans and the development of the sport in the Hunter region. The NHRU now consists of 19 clubs with three Divisions as well as numerous junior teams (Hunter Junior Rugby Union) and a women's competition.
Newly appointed GM of the NHRU Andrew Fairfall believes support from The Greater allows the NHRU to have a future in the community.
"The much needed financial support from The Greater ensures we can put on a great new competition of rugby for everyone to enjoy for the next year," Mr Fairfall said.
The Greater's CEO Scott Morgan said The Greater's sponsorship of NHRU and other local sporting bodies including the Hunter Academy of Sport, Central Coast Academy of Sport and the Newcastle Netball was about The Greater putting its profits back into the community.
The 2014 Season Premier Grand Final saw the Southern Beaches take on the Wanderers on Saturday 20 September at No. 2 Sportsground, Newcastle. Our very own Chief Financial Officer, Greg Taylor presented the trophies for the winning teams of all categories along with presenting the Premiership Trophy to Grand Final victors, the Wanderers who took down Southern Beaches 20-17. To add to the fun of the day, The Greater held a ‘Catch for Cash’ competition where members of the crowd were encouraged to catch mini-footballs for their chance to win a $200 Greater LifeSaver Account.
Newcastle Rugby Union culminated in 1888 making the NHRU one of the oldest rugby union organisations in Australia. Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union clubs include Cessnock Coalfields, Cooks Hill Brown Snakes, Easts, East Maitland Eagles, Newcastle Griffins, Hamilton Hawks, Lake Macquarie Roos, Maitland, Medowie Marauders, Merewether Carlton, Muswellbrook Heelers, Nelson Bay Gropers, Pokolbin Reds, Singleton Bulls, Singleton Army Lions, Southern Beaches, Southern Lake Hammerheads, The Waratahs, The University of Newcastle and Wanderers.
The future of the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union is set to continue on the excellent track laid out by outgoing General Manager Fenton Coull with his replacement, Andrew Fairfull. A rugby union all-rounder, Mr Fairfull has relocated back to Newcastle after some time in Sydney. Mr Fairfull lived, studied and played rugby at the University of Newcastle between 1992 and 1997 and is pleased he’s returned to the area.
“This role will enable me to combine my love of the game with my experience as a qualified coach, my earlier years as a player and my professional career in business,” Mr Fairfull said.
You can visit the NHRU website by clicking here.
As part of our relationship with the NHRU and our support for the rugby community in the Hunter the Greater will be offering each NHRU registered rugby player with a $5 Lifesaver account on registration of the 2015 season to help you get your savings over the line.