Dora Creek Swampies
I wish to acknowledge and congratulate the Dora Creek Swampies who broke a 13-year drought at the weekend and won Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League's A-grade grand final.
The Swampies took an army of local supporters up to Waratah Oval in Newcastle on Saturday and after a tight first half, ran away in the second to beat Belmont Souths 44-4.
The team means an enormous amount to the small Dora Creek community, and that was reflected in the reception the team got back at Dora Creek Worker's club after the win.
The grand final win was just reward for a stellar season in which they only lost one match, ironically to Belmont Souths who they beat in the grand final.
I congratulate coach David Hoban, man of the match Boston Smith, and all of the grand final try scorers in Tom Patullo, Sam Agalidis, Scott Fitzpatrick, Israel Smith, Zac Brown and Paddy Murphy.
I also acknowledge the tremendous Dora Creek community which got behind the Swampies, and Dora Creek Workers Club which heads a long list of financial sponsors. Well done, and best of luck for next year's title defence.