NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout 2016 Comes to Leichhardt Oval

One of the biggest events in the Indigenous Sporting calendar will hit the inner west this week, with the NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout 2016 bringing great League and a focus on culture and the Aboriginal spirit to Leichhardt.

The carnival will be played on five ovals in the Leichhardt area over the October long weekend.

Inner West Council is partnering with the Redfern All Blacks to host the event, and commissioned indigenous artist Blak Douglas (aka Adam Hill) to produce the official Knockout Mural in the car park next to Leichhardt Town Hall in Marion Street, Leichhardt.

With over 100 teams from Aboriginal communities across NSW, Leichhardt has a personal tie to the carnival. Former Rozelle resident Jimmy Little was the inaugural president of the Koori United Team that won the Knockout in 1974.

The event will kick off with a gala dinner on 28 September.

The Junior and Women’s competition will be held on 30 September, with the Men’s competition on 1-2 October. Finals for all divisions will be held on the holiday Monday.

Tickets are $10 per day or $30 for a weekend adult pass. Children under 15 and aged pensioners are free.

Council encourages everyone to use public transport to get to the event. State Transit will run buses on the day from Town Hall Station, stopping at Mary and Perry Streets, and the Light Rail North stop is close by as well.

There will be a number of temporary traffic changes during the Knockout.

A one way clockwise traffic loop (Mary Street to Glover Street north of Chapel Street) will be in place from 6am to 7pm on each of the four days. The partial road closures will be staffed by RMS accredited traffic controllers (residents and WHO’s will be able to enter via Glover Street).

The unnamed road from Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre to Le Montage will be closed during the event.

For all details including a map and public transport options, please go to www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/RABKO2016

NITV (nitv.org.au) will bring full day live match coverage of the semi-final and grand final clashes from 9am on Sunday 2 October and Monday 3 October (Ch 34 and Foxtel 144).

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Page last updated: 20 Nov 2018