Saturday was a 'great day to be a Swan' and great day it was with both the Swans and Swanettes claiming their respective Christie and Hood Castlereagh League grand final crowns.
The Dunedoo Swanettes were heading in as the underdogs having lost their previous game to the Baradine Magpies, but on Saturday, positive thinking coupled with serious determination and resilience resulted in a 26-22 victory.
"It felt surreal. We all ran in to hug one another and celebrate together. We couldn't believe we had come from behind and were able to beat them," Dunedoo Swanettes captain-coach Brianna Milsom said.
"They had been premiers for the last two years and had been so strong at the start of the game, but the drive and the resilience our girls demonstrated is a credit to them.
We fought hard for the win and we deserved this.Swanettes captain-coach, Brianna Milsom
"The girls were all ecstatic. When that final hooter blew there was a huge wave of emotion. There were tears of joy and everything we had worked so hard for paid off."
While much of the game wasn't in their favour, the Dunedoo girls stuck to their guns, giving it their all which ultimately paid off.
"We were behind the majority of the game but the girls never put their heads down and gave up. Every time a try was scored against us we simply repeated 'don't worry we've got this," Brianna said.
"Baradine scored the first two tries and led most of the game. They scored through run away tries and there was a 12 point deficit. It wasn't until the third quarter that we started to get in front.They were fatigued and we were able to score multiple times and take the lead," she said.
"We went out for the fourth quarter in front. There was only four minutes left on the clock and we had to defend Baradine on our line. The score was 26-22 our way but we made silly errors and kept handing them the ball. With two minutes left we had to drop out to Baradine and defend yet another set on our line, but we held on and kept them out."
Dunedoo's fullback, Annie Christensen was awarded with Castlereagh League Tag Player of the Year, while Swanettes Lauren Sullivan won Player of the Match.
"It's been such a tough year for everyone. There was so much uncertainty around the competition and Castlereagh should be proud they were able to keep their comp running " Brianna said.
"The size of the crowd on Saturday just shows how big bush footy is. It means a lot to our small communities and I'm so proud that we were able to give Dunedoo two premierships."
Underdogs was also the banner the Swans had to fly under but much to Gilgandra's disappointment, the Dunedoo squad walked away with a 16-10 victory.
Ben Thompson was named Player of the Grand Final and Christie and Hood Castlereagh League Player of the Year.
- Dunedoo Swannettes 26 (Lauren Sullivan 2, Annie Christensen, Meg Christensen, Hayley Cox tries, Annie Christensen 3 goals) def Baradine Magpiettes 22
- Dunedoo Swans 16 (Will Wood, Jarrod Toole, Tim Condon tries, Ben Thompson 2 goals) def Gilgandra Panthers 10