MORE than 700 players have competed in the annual Group 21 Rugby League Schools Carnival in Scone over the weekend.
Children from around the region, including Muswellbrook, Singleton and Tamworth, converged on Scone Park on Sunday.
Ground manager Jamie Munn said the day went smoothly due to all the tireless work behind the scenes.
“I’d just like to thank the Scone Old Boys and [carnival coordinator] Marika Eveleigh for organising it,” he said.
“A special mention to all the volunteers as well, especially the first aiders, time-keepers, people working on the canteen and barbecues, plus the referees and officials.
“We look forward to hosting another successful one next year.”
Munn said the carnival was a friendly rivalry for a lot of junior players.
“Most of the kids play footy together in club sides so it’s a chance for them to go up against each other for their school,” he said.
St Mary’s Scone took out the seven year age group with a 32-24 victory over Aberdeen. Albert Yuille was named player of the match, while Mitchell Gleeson claimed runner-up.
In the eight year division, Scone Public School defeated St Catherine’s Singleton, with Clay Sadler picking up the most valuable player ahead of Darcy Crushanks.
A close contest in the nine year age group saw Denman Public School draw 28-all with Scone Grammar School. However, Denman was awarded the win after scoring the first try.
Diesel Hagan and Lochie Hails were the most impressive players from the match.
Scone Public School won the 10 year division, beating Muswellbrook Public 20-12. Campbell Munn was named player of the match, with Angus Avery the runner-up.
In the 11 year age group, Scone Public School defeated Aberdeen Public 10-6 after strong efforts from star performers Braith Johnson and Brae Miller.
The open primary division saw Muswellbrook Public cruise past Singleton 24-0. Brody Perry and Jesse Burley took home the player of the match and runner-up respectively.
A dominant St Joseph’s Aberdeen then claimed the final four divisions; the 13s, 14s, 16s, and open secondary.
In the 13 age group, St Joseph’s beat Singleton High School 14-6 after impressive displays from Sam Mount and Nick Claydon.
A 20-0 victory over the same school in the 14 age division followed, with Jack Gunton picking up player of the match and Andy Lambkin being handed runner-up.
St Joseph’s was far too classy for Farrer in the 16 year group, winning 20-10. Zac Howarth and Cody Burns were selected as the best players.
A tight 14-4 triumph over Muswellbrook High School in the open secondary division completed a highly-successful day for the Aberdeen school.
Ben Talty was named player of the match, with Emmanuel Sithole the runner-up.
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