The WA Rockdrill Club are hosting the first Coolgardie drill since 1996 on Sunday 17 September!
In commemoration of the town's 125th birthday, the rockdrill will be held in conjunction with the Coolgardie Day Celebrations, a family fun and free event, which is known to draw crowds of over 10,000 attendees.
This will be the third rockdrill event hosted in the Goldfields in 2017, a huge feat for the small Goldfields based club. When at least 18 rockdrill events occurred annually across Western Australia, airlegging was a popular and common method of mining for gold and nickel. As technology changed the landscapes of mining methodologies the competitive sporting event of rock drilling diminished across country fairs.
Since 2014 the sport made a comeback and the airleggers from the 70s, 80s and 90s circuit got the opportunity to relive the glory days and charge up on the healthy rivalry that existed between mine sites and interstate competitors. The revival also has gained new competitors, these fresh faces have embrace the sport and shown promise to have a great presence on the rockdrill circuit in years to come.
Noticeably there has been a keen involvement of women taking part since its revival; thanks to sponsor Northern Star Resources the Jack and Jill drill is always a full house for every event!
The prize pool for this event is $14,000! Nominations are now open and there is a novice prize for first time drillers.
See the WA Rockdrill Club website to download the form and for further information.