Newcastle Knights vs Cronulla Sharks
The nib Newcastle Knights and Cronulla Sharks will battle it out in front of local footy fans, thanks to a partnership between the Hunter based club, Cronulla Sharks and Maitland City Council.
Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker says, ‘We had a wonderful time in February this year when we hosted the Knights to launch the new Maitland No.1 Sportsground. It was an easy decision to invite the team back and work with the Knights again to bring first class rugby league to Maitland.
‘February’s game had a fantastic community feel about the occasion. We’re very excited to host the game and I’m hoping local fans come out in numbers to support our very own Hunter based team and the Sharks.’
The Knights have made steady improvements in the last few years, recruiting well and building a solid platform to launch another tilt at the NRL Premiership. Expectations are high around the club and supporters are looking forward to some stand out performances from the team across the 2019 season. For the Sharks, their biggest challenge in 2018 was keeping their key players on the field, but if they can turn this around then another solid run into the finals could be on the cards for the 2019 season. Locals can expect to see some of the competition’s biggest stars take the field at No. 1 in what will be a blockbuster pre-season match.
Knights CEO Philip Gardner said ‘Last year the Knights played a trial in Maitland and attracted a sell out crowd. When the opportunity to venture out there in 2019 was presented, we jumped at it.
‘The people of Maitland love their rugby league and with a host of new recruits joining the Club this season, this trial match will be a great opportunity for our fans to see those players in action before the season proper’.
General sale tickets for the match will go on sale at 10.00am on Monday 3 December and can be purchased online at maitlandevents.com.au or over the counter at the Maitland Visitor Information Centre.
Tickets are $20 for grandstand seating, while general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Kids tickets cannot be purchased separately and will need to be bought with adult tickets.
Follow Maitland City Council on Facebook for more information leading up to the event.