THE Murrurundi Mavettes, Scone Thoroughbreds and Greta Branxton Colts are locked in a three-way battle to meet the Merriwa Magpies in the final of the 2018 Hunter Valley Group 21 Women’s Nines Competition.
And, round five at Murrurundi’s Wilson Oval on Friday night should determine the last combatant in this year’s decider.
The Mavettes, who suffered their first loss of the season in their previous outing, tackles the undefeated Magpies, who routed defending premiers Muswellbrook Ramettes 34-8.
Murrurundi found the going tough against the Thoroughbreds at Scone Park.
The hosts, on the back of doubles to in-form Samantha Elphick and Gracie Gallen, impressed everyone in their 26-8 victory.
But, the defeat – and the chance to play in a rare grand final – should provide plenty of motivation for the Mavettes to hit back at home.
A triumph at the expense of Merriwa would be a major confidence boost as well.
Meanwhile, the Colts – who stuck to the basics, completed their sets and stayed strong as a unit – hammered the Aberdeen Tigers 40-0.
Another all-round team effort, with Robyn Draper, Caitlin Albury and Harmony Liddell leading the way, could hold them in good stead when they face the Thoroughbreds.
Friday’s matches kick off from 6pm.
The competition will wrap up at Muswellbrook’s Olympic Park on December 7.
Hunter Valley Group 21 Women’s Nines
Round five (Friday, November 30)
At Wilson Oval, Murrurundi
6pm: Murrurundi v Merriwa
6.35pm: Muswellbrook v Aberdeen
7.10pm: Greta Branxton v Scone