Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra Gareth Ward has today moved a Notice of Motion in Parliament acknowledging the great success of the Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC Super League game at WIN Stadium in Wollongong on Saturday night.

Mr Ward said that whilst Wigan won 24-10 on the field – the Illawarra region was the overall winner.

“Last year’s Challenge Cup finalists played in front of a healthy and vocal crowd of 12,416 – a figure greater than all three regular season fixtures between the traditional rivals last season. This was the first ever competition points match played outside of Europe and it has proven to be a masterstroke,” he said.

“The Tour is expected to attract around 5,000 interstate and overseas visitors who will generate around $7 million for the NSW economy.

“I would like to acknowledge and commend the work of Destination NSW, Mark Sleigh and his team at Destination Wollongong as well as Dan Burton and Kris Radlinski from the Wigan Warriors for making this match a reality.

“I also commend the players of both teams who spent time in local schools conducting coaching clinics with Illawarra and South Coast students including training sessions at Mick Cronin Oval in Gerringong.

“Wigan players spent the week in Wollongong and Hull FC players spent the week in Kiama and made themselves available for many public engagements. The professionalism of the players and staff is a great credit to both Clubs,” Mr Ward concluded.

Mr Ward’s Notice of Motion:

Today I give Notice that tomorrow I shall move that this House:

1. Notes that on Saturday 10th February British Super League teams Wigan and Hull FC played the first competition points match outside of Europe at WIN stadium in Wollongong;
2. Notes that the tour is expected to attract around 5,000 interstate and overseas visitors who will generate around $7 million for the NSW economy;
3. Commends the players of both teams who spent time in local schools conducting coaching clinics with Illawarra and South Coast students;
4. Commends the work of Destination NSW, Mark Sleigh and his team at Destination Wollongong as well as Dan Burton and Kris Radlinski from the Wigan Warriors for making this match a reality;
5. Commends Minister for Tourism Adam Marshall for promoting major events in regional NSW; and
6. Congratulates local media outlets for their outstanding coverage and promotion of this event.