Premiership dynasty continues


Not even the recent success of the Scone Thoroughbreds’ first grade side can compare to the dominance of the club’s women.

On Sunday morning the club’s Ladies League Tag line-up secured a sixth Monarch Blues Tag in seven years thanks to a 24-4 grand final win over Singleton.

The Greyhounds stunned the Scone Park crowd early when scoring in the first set.

It made for a memorable victory in the finish for captain-coach Sofie Casson and co-coach Wayne Hedley.

“It was a slow start, the nerves were a bit frustrating,” Hedley told The Hunter River Times on Sunday evening.

“We went into the break leading 8-4 and, with the wind behind us, we shut them out in the second half.”

The undefeated line-up had only faced the Greyhounds once in the season, returning home from Pirtek Park with a 32-6 win in Round 2.

Scone co-coach Wayne Hedley had a Father’s Day to remember when welcoming eldest daughter Lara to the premiership club.

However Hedley had accurately forecasted an improving Singleton line-up which had held off Aberdeen and Merriwa on the road to grand final day.

“Singleton was coming good at the end of the year, we sort of had them at the back of our mind,” he revealed.

Ella Caban started on the bench and finished the decider with two tries and a player of the match honour.

“Ella travels back once per week from University on the Central Coast,” Hedley explained.

“She started on the bench and brought the same bit of impact.”

“The best thing that she has done in the last couple of weeks is lifted us when we need lifting.”

The club has now won six of the first seven premierships in the short history of the competition.

Casson has played in all of them (2014-16, 2018-19 and 2022) and captain-coached five of them.

She welcomed three members from the club’s recent under-16 girls league tag grand final win to Scone’s women’s premiership dynasty.