Stars shine at Downer Nines!

The Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s was held at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium on 18-19 October, and was hailed a big success with nearly 30,000 fans turning out to watch the feast of football.


The most exciting players from the NRL and NRLW battled it out for the title of world champions, with 12 teams competing in the men’s tournament and four in the women’s competition.

The tournament was broadcast live on Fox Sports, attracting over 250,000 viewers across the two days. This provided a great opportunity to promote the Downer brand, with our logo plastered across the ground, goalposts and corner posts, as well as on digital signage boards around the stadium.


After 28 matches and 12 hours of action, it was Australia who claimed the men’s title with a 24-10 win over New Zealand, while New Zealand caused an upset in knocking off the previously undefeated Australian Jillaroos 17-15 in the women’s final.

Parramatta Eels star Mitchell Moses was a worthy winner of the Downer Player of the Tournament medal in the men’s competition.

There were plenty of Downer faces in the crowd enjoying the first World Cup played in the nine-a-side format since 1997.

As naming rights sponsor of the World Cup 9s, Downer was given 100 tickets to both days of the tournament, which we gave to employees who entered a competition on DownerConnect. By the looks of these photos, they all had a great time.

Clockwise from top: Shane Day, Head of Asset & Data Management Office, and son Harrison; Venkata Talatam, IT – BO Analyst; Peter Stauffer from Agis with wife, Joanne; Carlos Rodriguez, Technical Integration Analyst, and son Monte.