GOLD Coast Titans coach Garth Brennan is set to present the A-grade premiership silverware at the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League grand final between Stockton and Shortland at No.1 Sportsground on Saturday.
The rookie NRL mentor may not have claimed any trophies this year, but has held a few aloft with the Penrith Panthers’ lower grades in recent seasons including the under 20s in 2013, NSW Cup in 2014 and State Championship in 2017.
And Brennan may just have a soft spot for Stockton, where he last resided before heading north of the border to take up the head role in Queensland.
Minor premiers Stockton will be up against a Shortland side not only stinging from last year’s loss in the same decider but featuring the likes of former Knights hooker Chad Redman and dual Australian international Timana Tahu.
In the other men’s showdowns Woodberry meet University (B-grade) and East Maitland tackle Windale (C-grade).
In ladies league tag and University challenge Aberglasslyn (A-grade) while Mallabula are up against Swansea (B-grade).
Gates open at 8am and tickets are $5.
* CENTRAL centre Steve Gordon entered an early guilty plea on Wednesday and will now miss the first two matches of next season with suspension after being charged with stomping late in the weekend’s minor semi-final loss to Kurri. A recent clean record helped halve the base penalty of four weeks.
* CRL Newcastle’s Isabelle Kelly has been named NSW women’s player of the year.