09 Aug 2015
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Once again Darwin has proven a strong home ground for the Dyldam Parramatta (Territory) Eels.
The team didn’t disappoint the 8340 crowd at TIO Stadium last night with a 10-4 victory over the Penrith Panthers.
“What a night it was, the second time in the second year that the Eels have won in Darwin and to see our own Luke Kelly on the field was a special treat for local fans,” Sport and Recreation Minister Gary Higgins said.
“It was great to see the sea of blue and gold in the stand and around the field – Top Enders have yet again shown they are keen for first class sport and the Northern Territory Government is proud to be supporting and sponsoring these events.
“This is a great partnership that’s creating pathways for Territory athletes highlighted by the signing of development players Rodney Baird and Willie Nugraha who delivered the match ball via the Care Flight helicopter last night.”
Mr Higgins praised the Eels for their community engagement in the lead up to the match.
“They have been wonderful ambassadors for the sport of NRL across the Northern Territory and for their club,” he said.
“They arrived last Tuesday and didn’t stop – almost 30 schools visited in the Darwin, Palmerston and rural area, junior NTRL club visits and skills clinics, a business breakfast, fan appearances throughout, road safety promotion, an information night – they have been terrific.
“Their commitment to community engagement is part of their agreement with the Northern Territory Government and it’s a pleasure to partner with them.”
The Minister said last night’s event also saw Territory talent on display through the curtain raiser matches.
“The young local players showed some skills and delighted the crowd,” he said.
“Congratulations to everyone involved in a great night.”
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