They’re your teams, and your games. And the Newcastle Herald will be there rain, hail or shine to call the plays, capture the big moments and tell the stories behind the big wins and the crushing losses.
As any coach will tell you, it’s not just what happens on game day that matters. That’s why we’re tapped into sport all day, every day.
1997, 2001, 2008 and almost 2018. They’re the big days and memories that need no more explanation for Knights and Jets fans. We were there every step of the way, in victory and heartbreak, and we’ll be there next time with the experience that counts.
Award-winning writer Robert Dillon leads the Newcastle Herald’s sports team. He has covered the Knights since their inception, and since 1986 has covered international tours, more than 15 NRL seasons, Test matches, State of Origin, grand finals, international and Sheffield Shield cricket, Wimbledon and the A-League.
Barry Toohey breaks the big news on the Knights as it happens, finding the facts behind the rumours that swirl around the club and telling the full story first. His weekly Toohey’s News column is an unmissable glimpse into the action behind the games and what’s coming next for the Knights.
On the Jets front, James Gardiner has watched from the sidelines since the A-League began. Starting with the Herald in 1996 and tracking the club from Con Constantine through to Martin Lee, nobody knows the club and its culture better. The former Beijing Olympics correspondent, Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup scribe will also cover every ruck and maul from the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union season.
In grassroots sport, it’s a full-court press. Josh Callinan is across the action in the Real NRL while Craig Kerry is a regional authority on the Northern NSW Premier League, the Hunter’s surfing hopes and everything around the track at Broadmeadow and beyond.
Renee Valentine’s coverage of the Herald Women’s Premier League coverage is unrivalled.
The Herald’s outstanding team of photographers Simone De Peak, Jonathan Carroll, Marina Neil and Max Mason-Hubers will capture the shots that frame the drama every week from the sidelines.
Joining the team this year is Mitchell Pearce, whose weekly column will appear in Thursday’s League HQ liftout as the Knights launch into their most anticipated campaign in years.
The Knights captain joins returning regulars Tony Butterfield and David Lowe, two of the most insightful columnists in their games.
The Newcastle Herald is offering a special deal so you can follow the local teams you love.
Full annual digital subscriptions are available from only $3.00 a week, which includes a 20 per cent discount.
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"The Newcastle Herald is passionate about sport," editor Heath Harrison said.
"We're blessed to have a team of sports journalists that stands alongside any in the country.
"They're experienced, they're talented, they're hard working and they love what they do.
"Seven days a week, you can rely on the Herald's sport to deliver you the sports news and opinion that matter to the Hunter."
It’s about more than winning. It’s about our city, our stories, our sides and our moments. You might not always agree with our columnists, but that’s the beauty of sport. It’s about effort, it’s about excellence and it’s about passion.
To read the Herald's 2019 Knights season preview magazine, click here