Clayton Cup returns to Scone


“There’s a Cup that goes around country rugby league and it is given to the best overall first grade club.”

This was the first line from Hunter Harrison’s address at the Scone Thoroughbreds’ senior presentation on Saturday evening.

By the time he completed the sentence, the club’s 180 players, officials, sponsors and supporters who had packed the Scone Race Club began to celebrate.

The Scone Thoroughbreds were crowned as the Clayton Cup winner for season 2022.

Harrison, the Greater Northern Region representative for NSWRL, declared that the club displayed ‘Winx like dominance’ in 2022.

Hunter Harrison (NSWRL), Adam Clydsdale (first grade coach) and Scott Pennell (club president) pictured on Saturday evening.

It marked Scone’s second crown after claiming the coveted award in 1979 while the Singleton Greyhounds also won the award in 1990.

Only 12 clubs have brought the Cup home twice, a third feat in the near future will secure equal top spot on the leaderboard for the Thoroughbreds.

WinsClub (Region)Years
3North Tamworth Bears (Group 4)1951, 2014, 2019
3Grafton Ghosts (Northern Rivers)2010-11, 2017
3Cobar (Group 15)1971-72, 1998
2Scone Thoroughbreds (Group 21)1979, 2022
2Bombala (Group 16)1947, 1976
2Young (Group 9)1953, 1955
2Tweed Heads Seagulls (Group 18)1963, 1983
2Tumbarumba (Group 13)1985-86
2Forster Tuncurry Hawks (Group 3)1994-95
2Barellan (Group 17)1999, 2002
2Temora (Group 9)1957, 2004
2Port Macquarie Sharks (Group 2)2001, 2015
1Singleton Greyhounds (Group 21)1990
1Maitland Pickers (Newcastle RL)1956