THE STORY BEHIND THE CUP /
The Newman Police Sub-District is approximately 256,000 square kilometres in size. The furthest Indigenous community in the sub-district is Kiwirrkurra, situated 816kms east of the Newman townsite and 130kms west of the Northern Territory border.
On Australia Day, 26 January 2001, a call for assistance from the Kiwirrkurra community was received by Newman Police and a team of three officers responded. They were collected from Newman Airport by a police Cessna 310 aircraft, call sign Polair 64, piloted by a police officer from Karratha.
After attending the incident at Kiwirrkurra, the officers boarded Polair 64 at 7.30pm for their return journey to Newman. At 9.15pm Polair 64 contacted Newman Police Station by radio to request that vehicles be sent to collect the officers from the airport.
At 9.50pm Polair 64 entered the circuit area of the Newman Airport and shortly after, at about 10.00pm, the aircraft crashed 2.6kms south-east of the airport.
A search to locate Polair 64 immediately commenced by police and local volunteer emergency services personnel, supported by other agencies and members of the Newman community. At 4.30am the following morning, the aircraft’s wreckage was found.
Tragically, all four officers on board the aircraft had lost their lives.
The impact on their families, friends, colleagues and the Newman community was, and still is, very profound.
This has been the most significant loss of police life in modern-day policing history in Australasia.
Back in 2005 the then Officer in Charge of the Newman Police Station Geoff Stewart and colleague Tony Signal planted the seed for an annual event to remember the officers who lost their lives and to enable their family and friends and the Newman Community to get together. The event is held over a weekend in October and was named The Bloody Slow Cup.
The weekend begins with a Remembrance Ceremony out at the crash site. It is an event by the people of Newman to commemorate the service of these fine officers, their commitment to safeguarding the peace of the community and ensuring that time will never erase their spirit and memory.
The remembrance ceremony is followed by a series of sporting events, including games of rugby, cricket, netball, golf, bowls and soccer held to fundraise for Western Australia Police Legacy. The teams are fielded by members of the local community and predominantly follow the theme of Australia vs New Zealand.
The feature sporting event is the rugby match between Australia vs New Zealand on Saturday night, hence the name “Bloody Slow Cup” as our own take off of the “Bledisloe Cup”.
FUNDRAISING FOR WA POLICE LEGACY /
The Western Australia Police Legacy Incorporated was established in 1992, it is a joint initiative of the Western Australian Police Union and the Western Australia Police.
There are currently over 400 men, women and children being supported by WA Police Legacy.
Police Legacy assists with the welfare of Police Officer’s families to ensure there are not in want of assistance and support when they lose a loved one, both in and out of the line of duty.
Police Legacy helps by way of financial assistance, education assistance and Birthday and Christmas gifts.
Each year, Newman Police do their bit to help WA Police Legacy in company with the Newman community by organising the Bloody Slow Cup. The cup is held as a memorial weekend for the four officers lost in the line of duty in a plane crash on January 26th 2001.
All funds raised are donated to WA Police Legacy