Hunt Hospitality commits to supporting local rugby Wildfires team

Hunt Hospitality commits to supporting local rugby Wildfires team

With a new rugby season starting this Saturday, Hunt Hospitality is excited to announce themselves as a proud sponsor of the local Wildfires team.

The hospitality group are urging others in the region to come support the Wildfires as they hit the field for their second game of the season at Newcastle’s No. 2 Sportsground against Northern Suburbs.

Hunt Hospitality, who are known for local hot spots, The Duke of Wellington Hotel at New Lambton, and The Kent Hotel, will be proudly catering at the game with the aim of bringing a premium experience to rugby fans.

Hunt Hospitality CEO, Stephen Hunt said he has always been a big advocate to supporting local sport and initiatives and is proud to be able to back the Wildfires as they aim to take out the coveted Shute Shield. This is the largest contributor to the Super Rugby than any other domestic competition.

“I am always happy to support sport in Australia and believe that if you have the opportunity and are in position to do it, you have an obligation,” Stephen said.

“The Wildfires is establishing a club that will prevent talent from Regional NSW moving on to Sydney clubs. The future of rugby in Newcastle and the Hunter region is in developing our youth.”

The Wildfire’s Board has given season passes to all registered rugby players 14 years and under to ensure both spectators and junior players can enjoy what is set to be a great season.

Wildfires Coach, Scott Coleman has signed 24 players external to the local area to inject quality performance to the team, which is proving strong gains with field results.

The Hunter Wildfires has a firm commitment to working closely with their many corporate partners in bringing a strong, sustainable rugby product to Newcastle and The Hunter Regions for both junior and senior divisions.

Stephen said he is thrilled to be one of the corporate partners contributing to a positive change for rugby in the region.

“I am delighted to be involved in something that is great for the future of Rugby in NSW and Australia,” he said.

“The gold medal for us would be to see the Wildfires establish themselves as a successful rugby club from tiny tots right up to a senior level.”

In addition to supporting the Wildfires, Hunt Hospitality supports over 40 community events across their group.

The Duke this season is sponsoring, New Lambton Jaffa’s, Merewether advanced soccer, Cardiff Hakes Australian Rules, Newcastle/Hunter basketball, West Cricket, Duke of Wellington Social Cricket Club, and Men of Football Charity League, just to name a few.

The Kent Hotel currently sponsor four university houses, The Dugongs cricket team, The Ducks, and a variety of local women’s netball and rugby teams.

The Seabreeze sponsor The Nelson Bay Sharks, Sail Port Stephens, Game fishing club, and Taste of the Bay. The Hunt Hospitality group are also set for the 2021 Variety Bash, with a new car currently being stickered and ready to go.

“Hunt Hospitality International is privately owned, and I am proud that it is arguably the largest sponsor of sporting teams and community events in Australia,” Stephen concluded.

To show your support for the rugby Wildfires, their season kicks off at 11:00 AM on Saturday at Newcastle’s No. 2 Sports Ground Grandstand corner of Parry and Smith Street.

IMAGE | Andy Marino, CEO of Australian Rugby (right middle) and Managing Director of Hunt Hospitality, Stephen Hunt (left middle).

Hunt Hospitality

Hunt Hospitality is owned and operated by Stephen Hunt, a third generation publican who, along with his family, has been a part of the hospitality industry since the 1940s.

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