Newcastle Rugby League: Souths' Elijn Peterson suspended for striking

ROUND 5 FIXTURES: Cessnock v Macquarie, Maitland v Lakes (Saturday, 3pm); Souths v Kurri Kurri, Wests v Central (Sunday, 3pm).

ROUND 5 FIXTURES: Cessnock v Macquarie, Maitland v Lakes (Saturday, 3pm); Souths v Kurri Kurri, Wests v Central (Sunday, 3pm).

SOUTH Newcastle’s Elijn Peterson will miss Sunday’s clash with Kurri Kurri at Townson Oval after taking an early guilty plea this week. 

Peterson was suspended for one match after being charged with a grade two striking charge during Souths’ 26-16 loss to Lakes at Cahill Oval on Saturday.

A swinging arm from Peterson, who was used from the bench, came into contact with the head of an opponent during a tackle and match referee Tom Aylett put the incident on report.  

* NEWCASTLE Knights premiership-winning captain Paul “Chief” Harragon and Olympic basketballer Katie Ebzery were both in the stands at St John Oval on Sunday watching Central host Cessnock.

The kick-for-cash competition at half-time provided a bit of entertainment for all spectators but the tyre-lined target proved out of reach for contestants.     

* THE Maitland Pickers are one step closer to playing at their refurbished new home ground after the venue was officially opened by outgoing city mayor Peter Blackmore on Wednesday.

The $8.6 million development - fitted with 1100-seat grandstand, large change rooms and fresh playing surface – looks ready to go but Saturday’s fifth round fixture against Lakes won’t take place there.

The Pickers will remain based at Coronation Oval until they get the official green light and return to more familiar surroundings.

The boys in black and white are next down to host Cessnock on May 27 before South Newcastle (June 24) and Macquarie (July 1). It’s been almost 12 months since they last played at the old-style Maitland Sportsground.  

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