THE Upper Hunter town of Denman will be celebrating long and hard after the Devils clinched the Thiess Services Hunter Valley Group 21 rugby league grand final this afternoon.
In front of more than 4000 people, the hosts upset minor premiers Greta Branxton Colts 20-4 to lift the 2013 trophy.
Denman halves Blake Dureau and captain-coach Dean Amos took out the Men of League and Group 21 man of the match awards respectively.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the boys; everyone put in a big effort,” Amos said.
“I’d just like to thank all the players, coaches, staff, committee members and supporters for getting behind us.”
The Colts had better luck in reserve grade, upstaging the Singleton Greyhounds 20-14 in an entertaining encounter.
Greta Branxton five-eighth Christopher Mackay starred in the triumph.
The Muswellbrook Rams maintained its momentum in the under-18 competition, trouncing the Scone Thoroughbreds 42-18.
Muswellbrook second-rower Ryan Holman was named man of the match.
Full grand final wrap: Friday’s Muswellbrook Chronicle
TOUGH DEFENCE: Scone Thoroughbreds front-rower Tyler Austin is stopped in his tracks during the under-18 Group 21 grand final today.
DEJECTED WARRIORS: Despondent Scone under-18 players after suffering a 42-18 loss to the Muswellbrook Rams.
YOU BEAUTY: Muswellbrook Rams captain Lenny Craft provided the inspiration in his side’s under-18 grand final win.
HANGING ON: Greta Branxton’s Ronald Davis is felled by a Singleton Greyhounds player in today’s reserve grade decider.
JUBILIANT FEELING: Members of the Greta Branxton Colts reserve grade team celebrate their 20-14 triumph.
HARD TO TAKE: The Singleton Thoroughbreds squad following their narrow defeat at the hands of the Colts at Denman Oval.
PUTTING THE BOOT IN: Blake Dureau’s kicking game enabled the Denman Devils to keep Greta Branxton at bay in this afternoon’s Group 21 grand final.
ON THE ATTACK: Greta Branxton lock Mitchell Bird attempts to ignite his side’s backline at Denman Oval.
BIG RELIEF: Denman Devils president Jay Shepherdson (right) and captain-coach Dean Amos savour the club’s success this afternoon.
HOW GOOD IS THIS: Denman captain-coach Dean Amos (centre) sings the club song with his fellow Devils after their Group 21 victory.
SIDELINE EYES: Footy Forum duo Marcus Bower and Steve Reynolds call the grand final action as it happens.
HEAVYWEIGHTS: Former Australian Rugby League (ARL) boss John Quayle and Hunter Valley Group 21 president Mark Bayley at Denman Oval.
KEEN SPECTATORS: Men of League Upper Hunter representatives Peter Ford and Peter Collins were on hand to watch the Denman Devils-Greta Branxton Colts decider.
PROFESSIONALISM: Visiting announcer Joel Gosper joined forces with Footy Forum’s Marcus Bower and Steve Reynolds.
FAMILY TIES: Denman Devils second-rower Dimitri Ainuu with Demiah Ainuu following the team’s 20-4 win on Sunday.
CELEBRATION TIME: Denman Devils fullback Jake Green and ex-player Ben Holden rejoice after the side’s emphatic victory.
FRONTRUNNER: Youngster Nate Brown leads the Denman Devils onto the paddock before Sunday’s Group 21 decider.