Newcastle Rugby League: Grand final to be played on Sunday afternoon again in 2018

Decider reverts back to Sunday tradition CHANGE: Scenes from last year’s Newcastle Rugby League grand final. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

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“We had a board meeting during the week and that’s the way it went.

“Our understanding is there’s an under-14 and under-15 country carnival at St John Oval on the Saturday and we wanted to avoid a clash with that if possible.”

In 2017 the top-tier grand finals for Newcastle RL and Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union took place on the same day.

Neither code budged after the clash was detected.

Harris said a futureSaturday showdown wasn’t out of the question.

“We only had one year and it wasn’t all that bad,” he said.

“There’s a bit of debate around whether it works better on a Saturday or a Sunday, so it’s not something that’s off the table moving forward.”

Lakes coach Todd Edwards, who has been involved in multiple grand finals with Cessnock previously, said it made little difference.

“Saturday or Sunday, it doesn’t matter either way,” Edwards said.

“You could make it on a Monday morning and it would still be the same thing.”

Lakes host CentralNewcastle at Cahill Oval on Saturday in what shapes as oneof the round-five highlights.

Edwards is missing Ben Talty on Knights under-20 duties while Carl Randall, younger brother of NSW Cup hooker Chris, is set for his first-grade debut in the Seagulls’ backline.

Elsewhere on Saturday and the Goannaswelcome prop Kurt Warden back from athree-week suspension when they host Southsat Cessnock Sportsground, Kurriare at home toMacquarie in a top-of-the-table clashwhile Maitland travel to meet Wests at Harker Oval.

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