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Decked out in red and blue from head to toe, Kellie Davis looks every bit the quintessential Newcastle Knights supporter.

From her blue dress through to her red top and matching earrings, Davis is a perfect example of the immense passion that exists amongst the Knights' faithful.  

Kellie is the type of loyal member who never misses a Newcastle game - a fair effort for someone who resides in Townsville in far North Queensland.   

Not that it bothers Davis, because she regularly travels across the nation to watch her beloved Knights in action.

So when she had the opportunity to attend the NRL season launch on Wednesday as part of a Club competition, she naturally jumped at the chance to get involved.  

Davis was joined by 30 loyal Knights members, who travelled via bus from Newcastle to Sydney for an inside look at the official opening to the 2014 season.

For a group of people who literally live and breathe all things Knights, the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the game's biggest names was a huge occasion.  

"When I got the call from the Club to attend the launch I was so excited," Davis enthuses. 

"They asked if getting from Townsville was going to be a problem and I said of course not, because I'd do anything for my Knights." 

Davis' enthusiasm was a mood mirrored by every single member who was on deck for the trip to the launch. 

Our adventure starts at Hunter Stadium, where we load onto the Knights’ team bus and head down the F3 bound for Sydney.  

So the members get comfortable and settle in for the two-hour journey south to the harbour city.

Along the way, we provide everyone on board with a set of Club and trivia questions based on insights into Club membership and the history of the Knights.     

From who was the Club's first captain through to the Knights' all-time leading try scorer, the members immerse themselves in the insightful and challenging questions. 

Leslie Jones is one member who thoroughly enjoyed the trivia test.

As a bloke who formally ran the supporter club's game day raffle for 12 years, Jones loved nothing more than going back and recounting all the Club's great moments and stats.

He admits he misses being involved with the Knights in a volunteer capacity, but says a Club membership is the perfect way to still feel a part of the organisation.

"A Club membership is great, because it gives you an opportunity to gain insights into the Knights," Jones says. 

"Of course I miss game day, but it became a bit of a struggle going up and down the grandstand at 58 years of age. 

"But I can still attend games as a member and that's the main thing."

Jones is loving the chance to attend the NRL season launch, but tells us how he almost didn't make it after hitting his head on a window blind prior to leaving for the bus.   

It was a setback that brought blood to the surface, but he says there was no way he was going to miss this event.

"Only if I blacked out," he grins.

It's the type of commitment that's replicated across the bus from all the members.    

Someone like Katrina Loftberg, who vividly recalls attending Knights games as a kid and waiting on the sidelines to get her signature.

It’s a tradition she is now passing onto her children who have become Newcastle members.

Asked what it means to be a part of the Knights club, Loftberg said it was all about the team making the fans feel special.

"It's about being part of the footy community," she says. 

"That's always been the Newcastle way."

It's the same feeling for members Dylan Lockwood and Adam Dickinson, two young blokes who have been Knights fans their entire lives.

In fact, these guys are as devoted as any Newcastle supporter and they travel far and wide to see the men in red and blue in action. 

Like the inaugural Auckland Nines, an event that even gave Lockwood and Dickinson the chance to meet NRL CEO Dave Smith. 

Smith remembered their faces at Wednesday's launch and even gave them a shout-out while delivering his official speech at the launch.

“That was great Dave mentioned us," they beamed. 

"He just gave us two tickets to Origin one in Brisbane, so we're so happy."      

For the majority of the night, the members mingle with some of the NRL's biggest names from the Knights own Dane Gagai through to Roosters skipper Anthony Minichiello. 

The launch goes for two hours, then it's back on the bus for the long trip back home to Newcastle.

Sure, it was a long day but that wasn't a concern for these passionate Club members.    

Because as Davis says, the Newcastle Knights and the game is nothing without those loyal members who travel hours to support their team.