Scone Thoroughbreds secure third spot in first year of Hunter Valley Group 21 Women's Nines Competition

THE Scone Thoroughbreds capped off an impressive debut season in the Hunter Valley Group 21 Women’s Nines Competition, following a hard-fought 14-10 win over the Murrurundi Mavettes at Muswellbrook’s Olympic Park on Friday night.

After narrowly missing a berth in the 2018 decider, an under-strength Thoroughbreds outfit claimed third spot from their much-fancied opponents.

And, with a handful of players absent from the starting line-up, Scone began brilliantly when Dominique Carter dived over near the uprights. Gracie Gallen converted for a 6-0 lead.

This opening stunned the Mavettes – and it was the Thoroughbreds who surged further ahead 10-0 after Sophie Hinde touched down.

Murrurundi’s key playmaker Lucy Prudden then scored a brilliant individual try to boost her side. She added the extras and the Mavettes trailed 10-6 at the break.

Both teams lifted a gear in the second half, with defence a feature of the fixture.

The Mavettes drew level at 10-all through barnstorming winger Megan McLoughlin.

The match seemed destined for extra-time, until Zenanee Clout crossed in the corner. Gallen failed to convert but Scone held on to prevail 14-10.

SCONE THOROUGHBREDS 14 (Sophie Hinde, Dominique Carter, Zenanee Clout tries; Gracie Gallen goal) defeated MURRURUNDI MAVETTES 10 (Lucy Prudden, Megan McLoughlin tries; Prudden goal)