The Hunter Region’s iconic football history will once again be showcased and celebrated through the prestigious Heritage Cup this weekend. Local football clubs with a century or more of continuous history are invited to contest the annual tournament which was established in 2017.
This year’s Heritage Cup received a significant boost following the announcement that leading electrical and electronic engineering company, AMPCONTROL, has been secured as Naming Rights Sponsor.
AMPCONTROL is a Hunter grown success story that delivers cutting-edge system solutions to the tunnelling, resources and renewables sectors across Australia and the world.
“AMPCONTROL’S sponsorship is a perfect fit for the Heritage Cup through their servicing of the mining industry which enticed the early footballers who emigrated from the UK to the Hunter Region in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s,” NNSWF CEO David Eland said.
Ampcontrol CEO and Managing Director Rod Henderson said Ampcontrol is ‘proud to sponsor the 2018 Heritage Cup’.
“We are proud to sponsor the 2018 Heritage Cup as part of our continued commitment to supporting the local communities we operate in,” Henderson said.
“This year we celebrate Ampcontrol’s 50th birthday milestone so it is a great opportunity to connect our business with the Hunter Region’s rich football history.”
Following the success of the inaugural tournament, NNSWF implemented a nominations process in conjunction with the local Member Zones to identify eligible clubs. The nominations process resulted in Dudley Redhead United Senior Football Club established in 1896 and New Lambton Football Club established in 1917 being invited into this year’s AMPCONTROL Heritage Cup.
Photo L-R: Col “Bunny” Curran, Australian football legend, David Eland, CEO NNSWF.
Photo: Col “Bunny” Curran Medal.
Local football legend Col “Bunny” Curran’s contribution to the game will be further embedded in the AMPCONTROL Heritage Cup this year through the introduction of the Col “Bunny” Curran Medal, which will be presented to the Player of the Final of the Ampcontrol Heritage Cup. Curran and NNSWF Chairman, Bill Walker will be on hand at the final, which will take place at Jack McLaughlan Oval at 4.30pm.
Curran was the product of a family with long football playing traditions with his first senior club being Adamstown in 1963. At season’s end, he paid his own way to Manchester United for six months of the 1964/65 season.
Returning to Adamstown in 1966, he made the first of 35 appearances for Australia in 1970 and played his last game for the Socceroos in 1979. Outstanding in the 1974 World Cup campaign and finals, Curran’s displays at left back drew Coach Rasic’s comment that he was “best footballer in Australia” at that time.
In club football, he was tempted by Sydney clubs Western Suburbs and Marconi but on each occasion after short stays returned to Adamstown. He joined Western Suburbs in the first year of the national league in 1977, moving to Newcastle KB United in 1978. After five seasons with Newcastle, Curran retired in 1983 aged 36.
“The exciting new partnership with AMPCONTROL and the introduction of the Col “Bunny” Curran Medal will add significantly to the event this year and provide Northern NSW Football with further opportunities to recognise the significant contribution that football has made to communities throughout the Hunter Region,” Eland concluded.