Denman Edge Scone In Epic Grand Final Battle

Updated: September 7, 2015

By  Paul Arandale /

Denman Devils won an epic Aplus Contracting Group 21 Grand Final in golden point, to defeat Scone Thoroughbreds 24-20.

In what is now the longest game of Rugby League in history, both sides produced outstanding courage and commitment right to the end. The official time for the Group 21 decider was 128 minutes, which easily passed the 1997 Tri-Series Final (104) and 2008 NSW Cup Grand Final (104).

The win is Denman’s second in three years after narrowly missing out last year. Devils captain and man of the match Ben Hagan who played all 128 minutes said it was the toughest game he had ever played. “That was tough, I can hardly walk” Hagan said.

“That’s three Grand Finals in three years, we lost by 2 points last year but to win it this year is amazing. I’m just so proud of the boys efforts, it’s unbelievable” Hagan added.

The game may have finished on a knifes edge but both sides played conservative footy in the opening 10 minutes. Scone created the first chance though, when a nice backline movement broke down with the final pass to Joel Harrison going forward.

Denman marched up field and took advantage of good field position to score the opening try. A couple of short passes from Gary McKeon to Ben Hagan to Isaac McCormack saw the back rower cross almost untouched. Andrew Nicholls converted the try to give the Devils a 6 nil lead after 13 minutes.

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