Muswellbrook's Brydie Parker and Kelsey French pile on tries in Hunter Valley Group 21 CRL Women’s 9s

THE Muswellbrook Ramettes handed out a lesson to the Denman She-Devils in the Hunter Valley Group 21 CRL Women’s 9s at Merriwa on Friday night.

The competition’s inaugural runners up belted their gallant opponents 54-0 – and appear headed for a grand final berth in 2017.

Brydie Parker and Kelsey French led the way, with four and three tries respectively.

A double to French, along with touchdowns to Harmony Liddell, Parker and Julie Konie, plus four Parker goals, gave Muswellbrook a handy 28-0 lead at half-time.

The side went on with the job, as French, Sophie Laing and a hat-trick to Parker wrapped up proceedings.

Parker landed another three conversions for a personal haul of 30 points.

In other fixtures, the hosts, Merriwa, won the Battle of the Upper Hunter from the Murrurundi Mavettes 14-8 and Singleton cruised past Aberdeen 32-0.

Meanwhile, there has been a change to the draw, due to a clash with the Muswellbrook Gold Cup race meeting next month.

“A couple of concerns were raised about the possibility of intoxicated people gaining access to the games at McKinnon Oval, Aberdeen, on Friday, December 8 – and the issues that could arise from this,” Group 21 secretary/treasurer Jane Walmsley said.

“The management committee decided to swap round five and the finals venues to avoid any problems.

“Aberdeen will now host matches on Friday, December 1 – Singleton v Muswellbrook (6pm), Aberdeen v Merriwa 96.35pm), and Murrurundi v Denman (7.10pm).

“The finals – 3rd v 4th (6pm) and 1st v 2nd (6.45pm) – are scheduled to take place at Singleton’s Pirtek Park on Friday, December 8.”