THE curtain came down on season 2012 for the Group 2 Security sponsored Over 35 ‘C’ grade team last Friday night when they bowed out with a 0-2 loss to Adamstown in the elimination semi final.
After finishing third on the competition points table, and having had the better of Adamstown during the season proper, hopes were high for a win, but it was not to be with ‘C’ grades Achilles heel profligacy in front of goal once again proving their undoing.
‘C’ grade clearly had the better of the first half with two gilt edged chances falling to Greg Newton after great lead up work by Cameron Wagstaff, as well as chances to Jock Cameron and Dave Rudder, as well as Wagstaff himself, but try as they might they just could not hit the target.
At the other end, custodian Mark Henderson and a rock solid defence of Kevin Wandell, Tim Rohr, Simon Kelly and Phillip Wright were under very little pressure as both teams went to oranges.
The second half saw frustration creeping into the ‘C’ graders play, and as chances became harder to come by, it took all the creativity of Brant Jenkins and Graeme Cadman to create opportunities for the hardworking duo of Mark Brown and Dean McNamara.
That frustration turned to dismay when Adamstown, in one of their few forays into Singleton’s half, hit the lead with a well taken goal.
Singleton pushed forward desperately looking for an equalizer, and Jamie Rattray went close when his shot was parried away to safety, but with time running out Adamstown put the game beyond reach with a second goal against the run of play.
It was a disappointing finish to a season that had promised so much early on.
For much of the season the ‘C’ graders were in line for Minor Premiership honours but the second half of the season saw them loose their goal scoring mojo and they failed to find the net in their last 6 outings.