100 years of Lithgow football

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Originally known as the Blayney Citizens Cup, the Centennial Coal Cup (as it is now known) is celebrating 100 years of local football. 

With another season well underway, Centennial Coal has proudly supported the Cup since 2008.  An iconic feature of the Cup is the presentation to each year’s winners of the original 1913 silver trophy.

While the competition was originally a Rugby Union tournament, the competition changed to Rugby League after World War II.Today, the competition has grown to include 200 members with eight clubs currently competing.  The long standing clubs include the Lithgow Bears, Kandos Waratahs, Wallerawang Warriors and  Portland Colts. 

 “The Centennial Coal Cup has moved beyond just a football competition and has become a key part in local sporting legacy.”

 “This legacy is thanks to the local players who train and play for the love of the game, as they are not paid professionals, and also to the coaching and support crews who volunteer their time to keep the teams together and performing at a high level,” said Centennial’s Fiona Van Der Velden. 

  For those die hard rugby league fans who have followed this competition for many years, there have been 42 teams compete during the last 40 years.   Some of the club teams, who no longer compete in this competition, include: 

Binnaway, Canobolas, Carcoar, Cargo, Coolah, Cullen Bullen, Dunedoo, Gulgong, Manildra, Merriwa, Milthorpe, Rockley, Spring Hill, Villages and Woodstock.