COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland FC
Tonight Maitland will come to life with what is being touted as the biggest football event the city has ever seen.
My town's top‑flight football club, the mighty Maitland Magpies, will fly high on the pitch at Maitland No. 1 Sportsground.
Our city has the honour of hosting the A‑League Round of 32 clash against the Central Coast Mariners.
I thank Maitland City Council for its support for this event. It was a fantastic achievement for our team to get to this stage, with an absolute nail‑biter of a game against Broadmeadow.
Congratulations to the Maggies.
Sadly for my dear colleagues from Gosford, Wyong and The Entrance, the Maitland Magpies are now in fine form, fresh from a 3‑2 win against Lake Macquarie, and will no doubt be buoyed by the expected crowd of more than 3,000.
While I wish both teams well, I hope that No. 1 Sportsground is a sea of black and white tonight and that the Maitland Magpies fly high and come away with a win.
Go the Maggies!