They narrowly missed out on Group 10 title in 2019, but former Mudgee guns Tim Condon and Ben Thompson weren't missing out on grand final glory again in 2020.
The ex-Dragons stars played instrumental roles in helping Castlereagh League club Dunedoo capture a slice of Western Rams history on Saturday when the Swans collected two premierships on the one day - first grade and league tag.
Condon was coach of the Swans and Thompson was crowned player of the grand final and player of the 2020 season, the livewire hooker a stand-out in Dunedoo's 16-10 win over the Gilgandra Panthers at Tony McGrane Oval at Gilgandra.
The 2020 victory comes after the pair played in Mudgee's 2019, 9-8 Group 10 grand final loss to Bathurst Panthers.
The Dragons duo was joined by other Mudgee players Nathan Orr, Chanse Burgess and Hamish Bryant in green and white this winter.
The Swans' defence had been the backbone of their success throughout the 2020 first grade campaign and it was again repeatedly called on throughout their grand final encounter with the Gilgandra Panthers.
The match was a tight one, both on the scoreboard and on the field with the two sides evenly matched in every department.
The home side looked as if they were off to a flyer in the third minute but when their second rower, Jordan Reynolds, appeared to have scored but was pulled back for a forward pass.
Dunedoo then went on the attack for an extended period but a scrambling Gilgandra defence was able to hold them out until a high bomb was put down and Swans winger Jarrod Toole was able to pick up the loose ball to make it 4-0 after 15 minutes.
The Panthers not long after had a player in the bin, but were able to get through that period of play without any damage being done on the scoreboard, however they did concede a penalty right on half time and the Swans went to the sheds as 6-4 leaders.
It was to be the opening eight minutes of the second half that proved to be pivotal to the final result, with the Swans crossing for two tries.
The first went to centre Will Wood out wide and then their halfback and captain and co-coach Tim Condon was able to scoop up a grubber kick and dive over from close range to ensure a 16-4 lead.
That was to be the end of the scoring for the Swans, and from that point on it was to be their defensive effort that saw them home with the Panthers being unable to crack the green and white wall until a charging run by Ned Kelly saw him score what was to be a converted try with three minutes to cut the lead to 16-10.
The final few minutes were nerve-wracking for supporters of both sides but in the end the Swans deservedly prevailed.
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