Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout NSW

aboriginal knockout 2016 360 x 284The NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout (Koori Knockout) first held in 1971, is one of the biggest Indigenous gatherings in Australia.

The Knockout draws around 130 teams from Aboriginal communities across NSW. Each year the winning team gains the right to host the next knockout.

The Redfern All Blacks (RAB) as winners of the men’s and women’s 2015 Knockout will host the 2016 Knockout.

Inner West Council has entered into a partnership with the RAB to help host the cup at Leichhardt Oval.

All residents are invited to come along to this event.

Event details

28 September - Draw and gala dinner

30 September - Junior and Women's Competitions

1-2 October - Men's Competition

3 October - All finals

Entry Fees

$10 per day

$30 Adult weekend pass

Children under 15 and pensioners free with wristband

Proof of age required by photo id. (School, Football or Library Cards)

Team Registration

$1500 entry fee per team (men, women)

Juniors no entry fee (U12s, U15s, U17s)

Prizes for men's and women's competitions.

Getting to the Game

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Shuttle buses will run between Town Hall and Leichhardt on Friday 30 Sep and Saturday 1 Oct.
Services will run from 7am until 7pm approximately every half an hour.
The first service will leave from York Street Stand B at the QVB (Town Hall) at 7am.
The last bus will leave Leichhardt from Perry Street at Emerick Street at 6.30pm.
Additionally, extra Sydney Buses Route 440 services between Central and Leichhardt will run over the 4-day event.
Other regular Sydney Buses services including route 444 and 445 also stop near the event venues.
The closest stop within walking distance of the ovals is Perry Street near Mary Street, Lilyfield.
Sydney Buses services will run to a regular timetable. See bus timetables and maps or use the Trip planner

Light Rail

Transdev Sydney operates frequent services on the L1 route.
The closest Light Rail stop to the event is Leichhardt North.
Blackmore Oval is only 3 minutes walk away and the Leichhardt ovals are a 12 minute walk away.
Light rail services run between Central Station and Dulwich Hill with stops at popular CBD and Inner West destinations. For maps and service frequencies see light rail service information.


The best station for connections to the Knockout is Town Hall, Central or Lewisham.
From either station you can catch a regular Sydney Buses service to Leichhardt/Lilyfield.
Alternatively, change at Lewisham station for a Light Rail service leaving from Lewisham West, which is a short 5 minute walk away via Railway Terrace, Old Canterbury Rd and Hudson St.
Sydney Train services will run to a regular timetable. See train timetables and maps or use the Trip planner


Some suggested cycling routes are shown on the map overleaf, and others can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/bicycles/cycleway-finder.html Bicycle parking is available at all Knockout sites


Walking can easily be combined with other active travel options like trains, buses and light rail services. Some suggested routes are shown on the map overleaf. More information is available at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/customers/walking


Taxis can help you travel between places if you’re not able to use regular public transport. They can be pre-booked, hailed on the street or joined at ranks. For more information, visit www.transportnsw.info/en/travelling-with-us/taxis/index.page


There is limited parking around Leichhardt Oval. Active travel - a combination of public transport, walking and cycling - is recommended. It’s the healthy way to travel!

Blak Douglas Paints Mural for the Knockout

Inner West Council has commissioned indigenous artist Blak Douglas (aka Adam Hill) to produce the official Knockout Mural.  The mural is in the car park next to Leichhardt Town Hall in Marion Street, Leichhardt.  Stop by and take a look!
Find out more about the artist at the Blak Douglas website

Black Douglas and Deb Lennis in front of the Knockout Mural

Artist Black Douglas and Community Development Officer - Aboriginal Programs at Inner West Council, Deborah Lennis.

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Transport Management During the Knockout

There will be a number of temporary traffic changes during the Knockout.  Some key changes inlcude:

  • A one way clockwise traffic loop (Mary Street to Glover Street north of Chapel Street) will be in place for the duration of the event from 6am to 7pm on each of the four days with the partial road closures staffed by RMS accredited traffic controllers. (residents and WHO’s will be able to enter via Glover Street)
  • Full road closure of the unnamed road between Frazer Street and Mary Street (from Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre to Le Montage)

Read the full Transport Management Plan for the Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout 2016  (PDF 227.1KB)




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