Wests Tigers will head up the coast this Friday night as they take on the Newcastle Knights in a match filled with significance both on and off the field with milestones, finals impact and a vital community cause all part of the Round 19 clash.
After three straight defeats, Michael Maguire's side know the importance of bouncing back against a Knights side themselves coming off a heavy defeat last week. Wests Tigers have won back-to-back matches against the home side in Newcastle and will be determined make it three in a row as they celebrate Life Member Robbie Farah's 300th first-grade appearance on Friday.
On top of that, the match will also take place as part of the annual Beanies for Brain Cancer Round — an initiative launched by Knights legend Mark Hughes through the Mark Hughes Foundation to help raise much-needed research funds.
McDonald Jones Stadium rebranded to Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium for the game with both sides to run out for the match wearing the Mark Hughes Foundation Beanies, which are also available for purchase at the game and online.
Date — Friday, July 26, 2019
Time — 6:00 pm AEST
Venue — Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium, Newcastle
3:45pm — Gates Open at Beanie for Brain Cancer Stadium
4:00pm — NRL Touch Football, Newcastle Knights vs New Zealand Warriors
6:00pm — NRL, Newcastle Knights vs Wests Tigers
Match: Knights v Wests Tigers
Round 19 -
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
WHAT’S ON AT THE GAME
As has become customary with Beanies for Brain Cancer Round, both sets of players will run out on to the field wearing the Mark Hughes Foundation Beanies.
With a goal of $3 million raised for research, fans are urged to buy a MHF Beanie at any game throughout the week, or at Lowes and IGA stores.
Beanies can also be purchased online via markhughesfoundation.com.au.
Allan McMahon Shield
Wests Tigers and Newcastle will again play for the Allan McMahon Shield which honours the long-serving Balmain player and inaugural Knights Coach.
Wests Tigers are the current holders of the shield having won the past two matches on Newcastle's home ground by a combined scoreline of 58-28.
GETTING TO THE GAME
Free shuttle bus
A free bus services for fans will run every 15 minutes from two hours prior to kick-off from selected bus stops along the route. Return services will run for around an hour after full-time — click here for more information.
The nearest train station to the Stadium is Broadmeadow Station, approximately 1.5km away. Regular trains are available from Sydney and stop at stations including Central, Strathfield, Hornsby, Gosford, Wyong, Morisset and Cardiff en- route to Broadmeadow. For a full list of stations and timetables visit NSW Transport.
Parking on game days is available only for vehicles with a pre-paid parking ticket. Pre-paid parking tickets cost $10 plus transaction fee from Ticketmaster on 136 100, online or by visiting Ticketmaster box office at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Disabled parking areas have been designated in close proximity to each of the McDonald Jones Stadium accessible entries. To purchase mobility parking please phone Ticketmaster on 136 100 or visit the Ticketmaster box office at the stadium.
If you wish to drop off a patron in the stadium's car park we do have a 10-minute loading zone. This can be accessed by entering either driveway off Turton Road.
McDonald Jones Stadium taxi stand is located at Young Road, Broadmeadow. Taxis can be accessed after the event by following the signs to Young Road. For further information please contact Newcastle Taxis on 133 300.