COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland Pickers Women into Grand Final

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I rise to congratulate the Maitland Pickers Rugby League Club's women's Blues Tag team on securing a berth in this year's grant final, and to wish them the best of luck ahead of this weekend's season decider.

The team qualified for the 2020 Newcastle RL Blues Tag grand final with a home-turf 8-3 victory against Central Newcastle on Saturday. The Pickers Women finished the competition in second position following a closely contested season, which, as with most sporting codes, experienced great disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health orders.

The 2020 blend of existing players and new faces managed to gel quickly as a team and, according to their coach Tony Howard, has approached the season with positivity and resilience, playing each game as if it was their last with enjoyment the first priority. The Maitland Pickers Blues Tag team will now meet South Newcastle in the grand final this Sunday, 18 October, at 9.30am on Maitland's No. 1 Sportsground.

On behalf of the Maitland community I send best wishes to this team of athletes, co-captains Bree Lacy and Dufour. We'll be cheering for a Pickers victory!