Murrurundi Mavericks, Mavettes set to build on this season’s success in BHP Billiton Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League

THEY might not have won any premierships but the Murrurundi Rugby League Football Club still has plenty to celebrate in 2017.

That’s according to president Peter Millgate, who was delighted with the feats of the Mavettes and Mavericks this season.

The women’s league tag outfit went within a whisker of a grand final appearance, while the reserve graders just missed a play-off berth.

“For a small town, I think we went quite well,” Millgate said.

“The girls reached the [preliminary] final but, unfortunately, lost a key player in Michelle Wamsley with a knee injury.

“That was a big blow to their campaign.

“On the plus side, Michelle, Kim Willard, Hannah Rando, Nicole Holman, Sheree Johnson and Missy Peters were selected in the Group 21 rep side, with Marty Wilson named as manager.

“That’s a good foundation for 2017 – and we can build on what we’ve done this year.

“As for the men, Shannon Brooks did a terrific job with the players he had.

“They also suffered an injury setback, losing Michael Millgate during the season.

“The nucleus of the team is staying on, and the boys are keen, so things are looking bright at this stage.”

Millgate also praised the support of the club’s loyal fans.

“We always attract a strong crowd [at home],” he said.

“However, the Where There’s A Will round was something special.

“Murrurundi raised $11,000 on its own for the organisation, which is a fantastic effort.

“We had a good year, with a good following.

“But, we’ll be bigger and better in 2018.”

The club is wrapping up its year with a presentation night at the Murrurundi Bowling Club on Saturday, September 16, from 6.30pm.

The awards for Best and Fairest, Club Person of the Year, best back, best forward, players’ player and much more will be handed out.

Tickets – $40 each, including a sit-down meal – are available at the door or from secretary Sharna Millgate.