Ellis keen for another year withPickers

29/06/2018 // by admin

Outgoing Maitland Pickers coach PJ Ellis has confirmed his intention to play for the club next season.
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Outgoing Maitland Pickers coach PJ Ellis has confirmed his intention to play for the club next season.

Ellis said he definitely wanted to go around once more for the Pickers, who were beaten 36-4 by Western Suburbs at Harker Oval yesterday, but without the burden of coaching.

“I want to return as a player without the stress of coaching,” Ellis said.

“I want to get it out of my system, have a bit of fun and finish on a good note.”

After two years at the helm, Ellis will be replaced by Pickers 2010 premiership-winning coach Noel Dent next season.

Ellis said he was 100 per cent behind Noel and at this stage was looking forward to a sixth season donning the black and white uniform.

The former NRL player had originally planned for this season to be his last, but retirement looks like it will be put back another 12 months for the 37-year-old.

Yesterday, in Ellis’ final game as coach of Maitland, the Pickers were strong in the first half but unable to stop a Rosellas outfit en route to their second consecutive Newcastle Rugby League minor premiership.

The teams hit the sheds with 14 points separating them but, despite the Pickers scoring a try, the hosts piled on another 20 in the second stanza.

“The first half we held them out really well for the amount of ball and opportunities they had,” Ellis said.

“Obviously that took its toll in the second half and the fact we had four players back up from reserve grade didn’t help our cause.”

Terence Seu Seu, Peter Rata and Howie Grant were named, but did not play for the Pickers yesterday with Jarrod Smith, Nicko Peate, Taamo Charlie and Brady Stair helping to fill the void after playing reserve grade.

The Pickers finished the season in sixth position on the competition ladder, two wins outside the top five.

Maitland’s reserve grade and under-18s will feature in the play-offs.

In other rugby league news, the Greta Branxton Colts will host Denman in Sunday’s Group 21 grand final after the Devils upset Scone 24-18 in yesterday’s preliminary final.

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