Hundreds of touch footballer players will converge on Maitland this weekend for the 2014 Hunter Western Hornets Regional Championships.
From Dubbo to Doyalson, Beresfield to Berkley Vale, Newcastle to Nelson Bay and Maitland to the Manning, teams will contest for nine titles on Saturday and Sunday.
The hosts will have the Redbacks uniform represented in five categories – men’s open, women’s open, women’s 20s, men’s 30s and men’s 40s.
Maitland Pickers pair Josh Morrison and Matt Ireland feature in the men’s open squad along with Luke Grills, Thomas Taylor and Zac Deal.
In the women’s open outfit, Rochelle Dooley, Jacqui Simpson and Melissa Lidbury are all set to return for Maitland.
In the men’s 30 group Maitland Blacks connections include first grade winger Rob Williamson, two-time Anderson Medal winner Adam Perkins and former first XV player Tim Nichols.
The men’s 40s has former NRL player Shane Whereat and former first grade cricket player of the year Michael Crawford.
And in the women’s 20s it will be Brittany Toohey, Sarah Robson and Stacey palmer leading the way.
The blue and yellow of the Beresfield Bandits will have two sides running around in the men’s 50s as well as both men’s and women’s 20s.
Preliminary matches will be held from 9.30am on Saturday.
Finals will take place on Sunday.