Michael Hartshorn A group of Maitland youngsters is following on the same path into the AFL forged by Sydney Swans star Isaac Heeney.
Michael Hartshorn Maitland Saints face Newcastle City Blues in a battle for a grand final spot after falling to Singleton Roosters on Sunday.
Michael Hartshorn It's a huge weekend for junior rugby league with grand finals from under-10 through to under-17 levels across the Maitland district.
Thornton Redbacks under 18s have earned a place in the record books with a 8-1 grand final win against Warners Bay.
JAMES GARDINER and Michael Hartshorn Maitland Blacks are assured a spot in the Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union finals unless The Waratahs win an appeal against being docked eight competition points and fined $1000 for a breach of the player points system.
Michael Hartshorn Cessnock exacted revenge of sorts on Kurri Kurri for taking the fifth finals spot with a 44-16 hammering at Cessnock Sportsground.
Michael Hartshorn Watching the Rio Olympic water polo tournament, the realisation hit Maitland sisters Sophie and Amelia Hodgson that they could be on the same stage in four years time.
Cessnock will host a Hyundai A-League pre-season clash between the Newcastle Jets and the Western Sydney Wanderers next month.