Records Smashed: 2018 Bloody Slow Cup

New Zealand lifted the cup. But there were many reasons to smile

Well that's it, the Bloody Slow Cup is done for another year and what a year it was. This year the event raised a record $144,094.36 for WA Police Legacy.

More importantly the event continues to bring together the Newman Community and travelers from afar to both remember and celebrate the lives of officers Gavin Capes, Philip Ruland, David Dewar and Donald Everett .

Senior Sergeant Mark Fleskens of Newman Police Station reveals the amount raised along side event sponsors at the conclusion of the 2018 Bloody Slow Cup

We eased into the 2018 Bloody Slow Cup on Friday the 19th of October 2018 with the Golf Day. A casual affair with a chance to have a hit among friends and colleagues. There was plenty of laughter as those lacking in talent switched on the entertainment as they negotiated the 18 holes.

Competitors at the 2018 Bloody Slow Cup Golf Day

As the sun set on Friday night players and spectators gathered at the Capricorn Oval sporting complex for games of cricket, netball and soccer. The atmosphere was buzzing as the community turned up in droves to sit back and enjoy the spectacle.

Congratulations to those teams who walked away with a trophy.

Australia vs New Zealand in the 2018 Bloody Slow Cup Netball match

At 8:00am on Saturday the 20th of October family, friends, fellow officers and community members came together at the crash site of Polair 64 to remember officers Everett, Ruland, Capes & Dewar who tragically lost their lives on Australia Day, 26 January 2001.

Special guests included the families of the officers, Police Commissioner Chris Dawson and Minister for Police Michelle Roberts.

As always the ceremony was well attended and a moving tribute. Gone, but never forgotten.

Saturday night began with the curtain raising Len Snee Cup with the kids of Newman taking on a team from Bayswater/Perth. The Newman side was electric, putting on a real display of grit and team work to earn the cup.

Newman were too quick for Bayswater in the Len Snee Cup - Photo Stu Walmsley

The banner was raised, the anthems sung and the Haka performed as thousands surrounded the field to watch the 2018 Bloody Slow Cup. Australia looked the goods early, leading at the main break. But it all crumbled from there with the Kiwi powerhouse running away victors.

To the people of Newman it's was never about the score at the end. It's a chance to come together, have a laugh and celebrate the lives of four officers who will never be forgotten.

Families of the fallen Officers crash through the banner at the 2018 Bloody Slow Cup

We'd like to thank our sponsors for their ongoing support of this event. A huge thank you goes out to the many, many volunteers who lend countless hours each year to make it possible.

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