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L to R : (Photo 1) Graham and Joan Palmer, (Photo 2) Ladies Winners Jeanette Rooney, Sandra Hargy 
with Cory Paterson (Knights) and Junior Sa'u (Knights), (Photo 3) State of Origin Jersey purchaser Darryl, (Photo 4) Mens Winners Rob Parrey, Milton Burrows, Stew Skinner (MC for the evening) with Cory & Junior (Knights), (Photo 5) Ladies Runners Up Libby Parrey and Pam McLean with Cory and Junior (Knights).

 
Pickers RLF Club History : website      NRL Club Newcastle Knightswebsite
 
Maitland Pickers represents a proud heritage of past Teams initially established in 1927. The Current Pickers continue this legacy with a commitment to ensure Maitland remains one of the most well known Rugby League Towns in Country Rugby League. The Pumpkin Picker emblem remains at the forefront of a club representing one of the largest junior nursery’s in Australia. This Junior nursery as well as the clubs proud history and the knowledge of representing one of the fastest growing communities in NSW requires an ongoing commitment and level of professionalism by all stakeholders to ensure the long term viability of this proud club.
The Pumpkin Pickers birth was in 1943 with the merging of Maitland United (who won premierships in 1933 and 1934) and Morpeth/East Maitland. The Term Pumpkin Pickers started as a sarcastic reference to players bringing produce to sell at the markets, when they travelled by train to Newcastle to play. Thus a “History of working class men turning a term of derision into a badge of honour was born“.
An Era of dominance prevailed when Maitland played in seven consecutive Grand Finals from 1954-1960. Winning a hat trick of titles from 1956-1958 and were runner up in three. Cessnock defeated Maitland in 1954 and 1955 when floods ravaged the Town.
Internationals Frank Stanmore and Ian Johnson Captain Coached the 54, 55 teams respectively before Manly prop Fred Brown took over in 1956. Brown created history by guiding the Pickers to their First hat trick of titles before losing 13-12 to Northern Suburbs and 33-5 to Cessnock in the next 2 deciders.
Maitland would again re-emerge as a force in the 1970s having made the decider on 5 more consecutive years taking the title s in 1969, 1971, and 1973. Apart from revisiting the Grand final in 1977 it would be 10 years between premierships with Maitland triumphant in 1983. There were many players through these years who displayed courage and tenacity and a loyalty to Maitland which may never be seen in the same quantities’ again. This may however change with the uniting of the Rugby League community of Maitland committed to developing a culture and presence for the future as well as honouring a Heritage of times past. The following are a number of Maitland Players whom went on to Represent Australia...

John Greaves, Noel Pidding, Jimmy Morgan, Don Adams, Terry Pannowitz, David Trewella, Greg Bird.

 
Rugby League Star attends Maitland's Humbug Cup Golf Day

Australian Rugby League Star Graham Eadie, visited the Maitland Pickers RLFC Fundraising Golf Day on Friday 5th March, 2010.

Funds raised on the day will go to assist the development of Junior Rugby League in the Maitland area.
 
Playing in the 2 Man Ambrose Event with former rugby league identity, Robert (Rockie) Laurie, Graham joined Brian Burke and Eric Lewis in a dynamic foursome. 

In addressing the group at the Golf Day presentation, Graham outlined the role ASS is playing in nurturing junior rugby league in regional areas. He spoke of the importance of young players having responsible role models to guide them in their actions both on and off the field. Graham also introduced the Aussie Sport Skills contest and left material for coaches and players to access on the internet. This contest can be run at a local level and allows students of all ages to test their ability to perform a variety of rugby league skills.

It is hoped that Graham and other Aussie Sport Stars will continue to travel to communities in regional areas giving encouragement to young players, volunteers and club officials. 

Graham reported one of the highlights of the trip was meeting the people who make rugby league happen in regional communities. He reflected on the fact that without the work and dedication of volunteers, parents, coaches, referees and club officials, rugby league would not have become the popular, high profile sport it is today.

Rick Stone (Coach of the Newcastle Knights) also spoke to the crowd and fielded questions from the floor. He enlighted the audience who were keen to find out where the Knights are heading in 2010. Rick's open and honest answers gain him plenty of admirers.

We wish the Newcastle Knights well in their 2010 campaign.

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L to R : Graham Eadie with coach Noel Dent and club captain Joel Osborn. 

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L to R : Graham Eadie with Knights 2010 coach Rick Stone.

Day 1
Fundraising Event : Humbug Cup Golf Day in support of Maitland RLFC... Friday 5th March, 2010
The XMEN are excited to once again host The Humbug Cup. The Humbug Cup is a great way for friends to get together, enjoy a game of golf, whilst helping to promote Rugby League in the Maitland area. It is also an opportunity to remember one of life’s true characters, Phil Humble (Humbug). Phil’s life was cut short in a tragic accident in 2005. Phil was a passionate golfer and supporter of Rugby League. Most of all Phil was passionate about enjoying himself. Last year The XMEN raised over $6000 for the benefit of Maitland Rugby League Players.
 
The golf day will commence with a breakfast at 8.30am followed by a shotgun start to the golf at 9.30am. At the conclusion of golf lunch will be supplied. There will be ample opportunity to partake in a refreshment or two during the day. Carts will be available on course to ensure your needs are met. 

The golf will be a two person ambrose, one of Phil’s favourite events. Rumour has it Phil played in a two person ambrose event back in the mid 80’s and none of his shots contributed to the team score.

The cost of the day is $50.00 per person inclusive. Buggies are extra.
 
It will be an opportunity to meet some of the Pickers legends as well as some former State of Origin Greats. Several of the Knights players will also attend to enjoy a game prior to the season opener the following week.
 
To book you spot call the Maitland Pro Shop on 4933 4141 or contact Robert Parrey on 0422869991.
 
Generous Sponsors for the Event: 
Blickling Estate Wines, O'Neill's Tyres, Newcastle Knights, Banalasta Nature Products, Good Guys Maitland, Queens Arm Hotel, Resco, Downer EDI Engineering, Westrac, Commercial Hotel Morpeth, Draytons Wines, Maitland Leagues Club, Tooheys ... more to be added
 
A Snapshot of the 2010 Event...

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East Maitland Golf Club. 

In memory of Phil Humble.

The large crowd and auction items.

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Local Legends Brain Burke, Rockie Laurie, Eric Lewis with Wombat.

Mick Finch and Ian King enjoying 
the well catered BBQ lunch.

Special NSW Origin Legend Guest 
Graham 'Wombat' Eadie.

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Generous Sponsored Prizes for the day.

The Ladies Winners with Knights Players Cory and Junior.

The Winning Mens Team with Phil Humble's brother Bruce.

Day 2
Tourism Event : Exploring the local Hunter Valley region...

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A special tour when visiting the Hunter 
is to explore the Wine Country &
The Port of Newcastle ...

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Tyrrells one of the oldest cellars !

 

A new Hunter Valley Resort ! 

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Tyrrell's Vineyard Estate

The Verandah Restaurant
Calais Estate 

The Bluetongue Brewery Cafe 

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Newcastle's Port river entrance

Newcastle's Wharf Restaurants

Newcastle's famous tram


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