Sharks to face Knights in pre-season hit-out

The Sharks can officially announce their second trial match heading into the 2019 season, with a press conference scheduled for Monday in Maitland to confirm the Newcastle Knights as their opponents.

The Sharks and Knights are set to come together at Maitland No. 1 Sportsground on Saturday, March 2, less than two weeks before the same two teams kick off their seasons with a first round clash at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.

The trial match is thanks to a partnership between the Newcastle club, the Sharks and Maitland City Council.

Maitland Mayor Loretta Baker said; "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."

Knights CEO Philip Gardner added; "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."

General admission tickets for the public will go on sale at 10.00am on Monday, December 3, while a member's pre-sale will be from at 10.00am Friday, November 30. (for both Sharks and Knights members)
Tickets can be purchased online at www.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. Children's 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.