THE state of rugby union in the Upper Hunter is in a good place, if this year’s results are anything to go by.
For the first time in many seasons, both the Muswellbrook Heelers and the Scone Brumbies will contest their respective play-offs in 2017.
The Heelers are well-entrenched in the Newcastle Hunter divisional top four, while the Brumbies are in a similar position in the tough Central North competition.
Muswellbrook hosted the high-flying Southern Lakes at Highbrook Park on Saturday, as Scone went head-to-head with Moree at Brumby Park.
Both clubs are also celebrating major milestones this year, too, which adds merit to the achievements.