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GROUP 21: Greyhounds upstage traditional rivals

The Singleton Greyhounds celebrated their indigenous round in style at the weekend, knocking over neighbours Muswellbrook Rams 40-6 in Bengalla Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League.

Following a Welcome to Country and other activities to mark the special occasion, the hosts turned on the class when it counted, running in seven tries to one, at Pirtek Park.

With talented youngster Harry Reid leading the way, the Greyhounds consolidated second spot on the ladder, courtesy of a double to Aporosa Goneboti.

Morgan Amidy, Singleton stalwart Luke Gardner, tough-as-teak forward Adam Hamilton, Ethan Andrews and Michael West found the tryline, too.

Chad Solman was also on song with the kicking boots, landing six goals in the 34-point romp.

Meanwhile, in the other first grade fixture, an under-strength Scone Thoroughbreds overpowered the Denman Devils 30-10.

Within minutes, Hayden Topliss backed up a nice break by James Eveleigh to open the scoring. Jake Watts converted for a 6-0 lead.

The match was quite even for a while until Daniel Smith finished off a nice move on the outer edge. Although the kick was waved away, Scone led 10-0.

Topliss then bagged his second, following a worked play around the middle of the ruck. Watts added the extras for 16-0.

Smith made it a double out wide, after strong support near the line in the 30th minute. Watts failed to convert; and the sides went to the sheds at 20-0.

The Devils opened their account with a nice four-pointer in the corner following the resumption to trail 20-4.

Shortly after the drinks break, as well as some scrappy play, Watts put a short kick in behind the defence and got his hands to the ball first. He then extended the margin to 26-4.

Denman refused to surrender and made it 26-10, via a converted try under the posts to narrow the advantage.

Scone bounced back quickly, however with solid defence giving them a turnover.

Caleb Taylor then found a bit of room to move and crossed to secure the victory 30-10.

The win capped a memorable day for the Smith family, too, with brothers Daniel and Luke both playing in the top side.

The Aberdeen Tigers had the bye.

Bengalla Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League

Round 10 results:

First grade –

Singleton Greyhounds d Muswellbrook Rams 40-6

Scone Thoroughbreds d Denman Devils 30-10

Bye: Aberdeen Tigers

Reserve grade –

Merriwa Magpies d Greta Branxton Colts 10-6

Aberdeen Tigers d Murrurundi Mavericks 18-14

Singleton Greyhounds d Muswellbrook Rams 60-0

Scone Thoroughbreds d Denman Devils 48-4

Under-18s –

Aberdeen Tigers d Singleton Greyhounds 20-6

Monarch blues tag –

Merriwa Magpies d Singleton Greyhounds 14-10

Aberdeen Tigers d Murrurundi Mavettes 20-10

Scone Thoroughbreds d Denman Devils 74-0

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