September is finals times and Maitland district teams are in the thick of the action this weekend.
It’s an exciting time for players and fans alike, but don’t forget your raincoat or umbrella as showers are forecast across the Hunter.
From a players’ perspective the good news is that all games should proceed.
The weather bureau is predicting a 70 per cent chance of rain on Saturday with a minimum temperature of 12 and maximum of 18.
The outlook for Sunday is a 10 per cent chance of rain, a chilly minimum of nine and a maximum of 21.
The Maitland Blacks are playing for a spot in next week’s Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union first grade grand final when they take on Merewether Carlton in today’s preliminary final against Merewether Carlton at Newcastle No.2 Sportsground.
The Blacks fourth grade booked their spot on Friday night beating the Waratahs 19-5.
The Kurri Kurri Bulldogs are flying the flag for the Coalfields in first grade in Saturday’s Newcastle Rugby League minor semi-final against Central Newcastle at Kurri Kurri Sportsground. Kick off is a 3pm
A huge crowd is expected at The Graveyard as the Bulldogs open age team take on Macquarie Scorpions from 12.10pm and the Maitland Pickers meet South Newcastle in reserve grade from 1.30pm.
The Pickers under-19s play Western Suburbs on Sunday for a spot in the grand final. Kick off in their game at Cahill Oval is at 10.50am.
Grand finals spots are on offer in all grades of Maitland netball on Saturday with qualifying finals from 10 years divisions to A-grade. Action starts from 10am.
The much-awaited clash between A-grade arch rivals Hills Solicitors and The George Tavern is at 2.30pm.
The losers will get a second chance to make the grand final in next week’s preliminary finals.
The Maitland Magpies under-20s are carrying the hopes of the district with them in today’s grand final at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The young Magpies are looking to add the major premiership to their minor title and take on Hamilton in the decider which kicks off at 3.30pm.
It’s also grand final day for Paterson River and Abermain Hawks in the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League.
In a busy day of finals at Lakeside Oval at Raymond Terrace, Paterson meet Gloucester in the D-grade north grand final at 3.15pm.
Abermain Hawks meet Cardiff in the D-grade grand final from 1.30pm.
In preliminary final action, the Aberglasslyn Ants Ladies League Team will be looking to bounce back from their first loss in two years when they play Raymond Terrace for a spot in the grand final. Kick off is at 12.15pm
The Maitland Mavericks Baseball Club is vying for premierships in two grand finals over the weekend. The Mavericks fourth grade are in action from noon on Saturday at Belomont. The club’s little league team plays in Sunday’s grand final also at Belmont from 9.15am.