Gaynor Blackadder hat-trick sets up Merriwa win in Hunter Valley Group 21 CRL Women's 9s

A HAT-trick to Gaynor Blackadder set up the Merriwa Magpies’ 30-4 victory over the Aberdeen Tigers in the Hunter Valley Group 21 CRL Women's 9s at McKinnon Field on Friday night.

The 26-point win elevated the Magpies into third spot on the ladder – and a showdown with the Murrurundi Mavettes in the play-offs at Pirtek Park, Singleton, later this week.

Blackadder opened the scoring but Aberdeen hit back through Gracie Gallen to go to the break locked at 4-all.

The second half was all one-way traffic as Blackadder grabbed another two four-pointers, while Dimity Parker snared a double.

Maddie Blackadder also touched down.

And, three goals to Casey Payne put the icing on the triumph in the penultimate round.

The Muswellbrook Ramettes hammered Singleton 38-4 and the Mavettes pipped the Denman She-Devils 8-6.

MERRIWA MAGPIES 30 (Gaynor Blackadder 3, Dimity Parker 2, Maddie Blackadder tries; Casey Payne 3 goals) defeated ABERDEEN TIGERS 4 (Gracie Gallen try)