Group 21 to host ‘Magic Round’ in Support of Where There’s A Will

Updated: June 13, 2019

By Caitlin Reid / The Scone Advocate 

In a first for the Thoroughbreds, or for any Country Rugby League Club, Group 21 is gearing up to host their very own ‘Magic Round’ in Scone this month.

The special fixture will see every single team from under 6s through to First Grade playing in the same town on the same day.

It’s all part of Group 21’s annual fundraising and awareness efforts to support the Where there’s a Will (WTAW) Foundation.

The WTAW round is now in it’s third year, but the Magic Round will take the event to another level, kicking off on Friday June 28 with Scone Thoroughbreds League Tag games and then on Saturday June 29, 35 games will be played in Scone.

Project Manager Mick Reynolds is coordinating the event and he says it’s set to be a huge occasion.

“For the first time ever we’ll have fathers, daughters, mothers, sons, sisters and brothers all playing in Scone in support of wellbeing and highlighting that we’re all in this together,” he said.

Reynolds said the occasion has taken a lot of planning and some tremendous cooperation from Scone Rugby Union, who have relocated their senior game so Group 21 can use their field.

“But, we’ve put the effort in because we want to emphasise that making a difference requires everyone’s input,” he said.

“Through the Positive Education initiatives that WTAW funds and supports in our schools and community, we are helping to show that there are steps we can all take to help prevent the onset of mental illness and improve wellbeing.”

Group 21 are hoping to use the Magic Round to highlight some of the steps parents and carers can take to support good mental health and wellbeing in their children.

They’re asking everyone attending the WTAW round to complete a quick survey to find out their character strengths by visiting

“Knowing this information is a really simple but effective way to boost wellbeing,” Reynolds said.

“Nearly every child in the Upper Hunter has already done it at school and sharing this information with the adults in their life is an important way to create a common language about mental health and wellbeing within families.”

Junior league president Jason Croucher added he was proud the club was continuing to throw their support behind WTAW.

“It’s great for the community and it’s really good recognition for the work that Hilton and Pauline [Carrigan] are doing as well, not just in the schools but the good word that they’re spreading throughout the community in the Upper Hunter,” he said.

Croucher said joining the junior competitions with the seniors will only further add to the success of day.

“Just going by the talk from everyone, the feel on the day is going to be electric,” he added.

“Having everyone here, from 6s right through to 16s – even our under 12s who play in Newcastle and Maitland every weekend – then to have that finish and lead into First Grade and everything we have planned for afterwards – it’s going to be an unbelievable day.”

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg, who attended WTAW Round in 2017, also threw his support behind the event.

He applauded the ongoing commitment of Group 21 and the Scone Thoroughbreds to such an important cause.

Greenberg said he’s witnessed firsthand how dedicated the Group 21 Rugby League community is to improving wellbeing and mental health across the Upper Hunter.

“I’m thrilled to see this commitment reaching another level with their very own ‘Magic Round’ in 2019,” Greenberg said.

“Group 21 and the Scone Thoroughbreds are providing a powerful example of how Rugby League can help direct meaningful change in a community.

“With 35 teams in a town with a population of just over 5000, Rugby League clearly enjoys a big profile in Scone and I am so pleased to see them use that profile to address such an important issue.

“The NRL’s State of Mind programme emphasises the need for prevention and education when it comes to mental illness and wellbeing, messages that are also being shared and implemented by Where there’s a Will.”

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Scone is expected to put on a fantastic show for the locals with Thoroughbreds president Tom Hagan saying it’s been a terrific start to the season with the women and First Grade both undefeated, Reserve Grade only having lost one game, and the 18s improving every week.

Action kicks off at 8.30am on Saturday June 29, with the main event being Scone’s clash with the Singleton Greyhounds at 4pm for the Where there’s a Will Shield.

Senior teams will be wearing jerseys specially customised for the game and these will be auctioned at a function at Scone Sporties after the main game.

Where there’s a Will merchandise will be available to purchase on the day at Scone Park.

Other games to be played over the weekend supporting the WTAW round include Murrurundi playing Merriwa at 3.10pm on Saturday and Aberdeen playing Denman at 2pm at McKinnon Oval on Sunday.

Singleton, Denman, Aberdeen, Murrurundi and Merriwa will all auction their jerseys at a later date, with all funds raised to support Positive Education initiatives in their own communities.