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June 16, 2024 9:44 PM

Denman conquers grand final night

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BY ALEX TIGANI

The Denman Devils had two reasons to celebrate at Scone Park.

The visiting squad celebrated a 40-0 grand final at under-12 level before the under-14 line-up bounced back from a semi-final loss to celebrate a memorable 36-6 win in the season decider.

Ivy Hagan, who presented her under-12 mentor the winning shield, had to rush away from media duties when called to play in the following grand final.

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Back Row: Rhiarne Hagan (FAO), Kaija Falvey, Lyla Foran, Layla Collins, Hollie Wright (manager), Andrew Wright (coach), Ivy Hagan, Katy Riley, Ruby Radcliff. Front Row: Ivy Ryder, Annie Nebauer, Abbie Wright, Jemma Paul, Clea Hagan.

“Andrew (Wright) has just been amazing all year, he been there all season training us and it has just been amazing,” Hagan told The Hunter River Times.

This was the first premiership medal winning coach Andrew Wright had collected since guiding the Muswellbrook Rams to their most recent first grade premierships in 2002 and 2004.

Yet he only wanted to remembered as a dad who loves helping his kids and praised the under-12s for their performance in trying conditions.

“We only played this Scone team in the finals and with the weather and the conditions it was an each way bet as to who started well first would go on to win,” he explained.

“We are very fortunate that Denman is such a tight night club and town and everyone is sticking out for each other.”

Though the under-14 decider was also anticipated as a final which would go down to the wire, the Devils proved to be a class above.

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Back Row: Brooke Johnston (coach), Kyah Johnston (coach), Maybelle Nebauer, Matilda Wallace, Natasha Stocks, Eden Andrews, Callie Hagan, Ava Johnston, Darnekah Summerin, Indya Watson, Olive Cushan. Front Row: Alyssa Edwards, Haylee Blake, Scarlet Hagan (captain), Sophie Paul (captain), Claire Melton, Ivy Hagan, Lucy Wallace.

“It is good to see the new generation coming up,” co-coach Kyah Johnston added.

“It feels good because last season was cut short and as a result Scone won the minor premiership.

“I think this is Denman’s first under-14 grand final so this feels very good.”

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