Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes has accepted a challenge from her Parramatta counterpart ahead of the NRLW Grand Final clash on Sunday.

The Knights are headed to Accor Stadium to take a shot at the Women’s Premiership, less than a year after claiming the wooden spoon in their inaugural season.

In their round three meeting earlier this month, Newcastle came out just ahead of the Sydney side with an 18-16 win.

“We were one of the inaugural sponsors to ensure that we got a women’s NRL team here, and I couldn’t be more proud of those young women,” Cr Nelmes said.

“They’ve represented Newcastle perfectly and I’m expecting a very good result.”

The stakes are high for the Lord Mayor too, however – if the Eels come out on top, Nuatali Nelmes will don the blue and gold at Newcastle Council’s next meeting.

And if the Knights claim victory, Parramatta Lord Mayor Donna Davis will wear a Newcastle jersey instead.

Cr Nelmes says she’s looking forward to a Grand Final win, here in the Hunter.

“I’ll be sending you down a Knights W-League jersey for your next council meeting,” she said.

“When the men can’t get it done in Newcastle, just ask the women. They’ll get it done.”