I acknowledge tonight the Maitland Pickers Rugby League Club. The Pickers were founded in 1942, and have been a stalwart of our local community ever since.

Despite C0VID-19 bringing turbulence to many rugby league clubs across the State, the Maitland Pickers salvaged a season of success. The first grade men's side picked up the President's Cup in 2020, defeating the Glebe-Burwood Wolves 17-16 in a knife-edge Grand Final at Bank West Stadium. The men's under-19 side also managed a stellar result, reaching the play-offs in their competition. The women's side made it all the way to the grand final against Souths Newcastle, but unfortunately did not get the trophy at the end.

But I thank very much the first grade men's coach, Matt Lantry, for his hard work and wish the best of luck to him and all the players and coaches for this year's finals. I take this opportunity to acknowledge club president Frank Lawler for his endless dedication in ensuring that the great standard of rugby league continues in Maitland.