ON the weekend of September 1 the Hunter Mutual Singleton Greyhounds Junior Rugby League wrapped up its on field commitments following the grand finals for all competitions.
Six teams, including an all Singleton affair in the Under 10s, competed for Premiership glory. Despite being the underdog in most of the fixtures two teams captured titles, those being the Under 15(Div 2) and Under 10 White.
Congratulations must go to Greg Landers and Mark Caslick for steering their teams through the season and no doubt their respective assistant coaches, trainers and support staff also contributed to the successes.
Commiserations to our Under 10 Red, Under 11 White, Under 12(Div 1) and Under 14(Div 5) teams who narrowly missed out but can feel very proud of what they have achieved.
To coaches Andrew Parnell, Phil Trees, Scott Stewart/Jamie McWilliams and Shannon Ostler a big thank you also for commitment you have shown throughout 2012.
The task now is focus on our end of season activities which includes the Annual Presentation Day which will take place on Sunday October 14 at Cook Park.
More details will follow closer to the event on expected times for age groups and other event information.
Once again the club is proud to say that every one of the 349 registered players who completed the season will receive a gift from the club.
Coaches and team managers are urged to ensure they return their team equipment including jerseys, balls, markers, game books, player cards so they can be accounted for and replenished for the 2013 season. Please return by this date, thanks for your co-operation.
Grand final Results from Saturday September 1st
Under 10s: Singleton White defeated Singleton Red 18 – 0
Under 11s: Muswellbrook Gold defeated Singleton White 18 - 14
Under 12(Div 1): West Maitland defeated Singleton 24 – 6
Under 14(Div 5): Myall River defeated Singleton 16 – 14
Under 15(Div 2): Singleton defeated South Lakes 26 – 16
Grand Final Match Reports
Emdee Engineering Under 10 Whites
This year’s Group 21 JRL Under 10 Grand Final saw two Singleton sides go head to head in the decider. Both the Whites and Reds started the game with great intensity and skill level. The opening try came after a fantastic solo run by the Whites centre Oscar Roberts and was converted by Fletcher Turner. Both teams attacked each others line but the defence held strong.
Following a kick down field the Whites managed to score again with a try to front rower Lleyton Rose.
The try was converted by Jack Richardson and this remained the half time score with the Whites leading 12 - 0.
The second half started with both sides attacking and defending well.
It was a trademark Mitchell Bellamy run that saw him bump off several defenders to score what was the match winning try for the Whites.
The conversion by Sam Merrick took the score to 18 - 0 which was the final score. During the presentation Jackson Shade was named ‘Man of the Match’.
Captain Clay Osborne made a memorable speech thanking all players and officials, well done Clay.
Coach Mark Caslick would like to congratulate both Singleton teams on a great game which showcased why the future of rugby league in Singleton is in great shape.
The White team was; Mitchell Bellamy, Lachlan Caslick, Cody Farrugia, James Graylaw, Callum Honey, Andrew Lambkin, Sam Merrick, Clay Osborne(c), Jordan Palmer, Jack Richardson, Oskar Roberts, Lleyton Rose, Jack Scott, Jackson Shade, Fletcher Turner and Riley Woods. Well done to all boys of both teams.
Michael Spinks Plumbing Under 11 White
What a Day, after an enormous effort by the Whites seen them make Grand Final Day 2012.
With preparation down due to injuries and school excursions most of the game plan was rehearsed at game day warm up.
The boys were very nervous at the thought of the game but come kick-off they all switched on and the crowd witnessed all 14 boys play their best game of the season.
Unfortunately the boys lost a very hard fought game, 18 - 14 to Muswellbrook Gold.
Singleton took an early lead with a great tackle bust by Blake Trees resulting in a try which was soon followed by a clever try to half Cody Eveleigh giving us a 10 - nil lead.
However Muswellbrook’s kick and chase game got them plenty of field position that resulted in them scoring next.
Captain Elliott Earnshaw scored next for Singleton, however, a late try in the first half seen the boys hit the sheds with just a 14 - 12 lead.
The second half was dominated by defence. Cadman Woyzni, Harrison Jenkins and Cooper Stair pulled off some great hits whilst in cover Corey Ingold, Liam Bignold and Ben McMurray kept it a tight affair.
Caleb Smith, Cooper Spinks and Michael Robertson also gave their best for the team.However Muswellbrook’s big man, and player of the match, Henry Hall scored the only second half try resulting in an 18 - 14 score line.
Run of the day belonged to Dylan Old, with an outstanding dummy half run and our player of the match and band leader Jake Domek had an unbelievable game.
Boys you played your hearts out and did the Dogs proud. See you all next year from Coach Phil Trees.
Singleton Sports Galore Under 12 (Division 1)
The side travelled to Baddley Park at Cessnock last Sunday to contest their Grand Final against the undefeated and hot competition favourites.
West Maitland are a well established side that have been together and for a number of seasons without ever tasting defeat and have conceded just 18 points in 14 games of football this season to underline this fact.
Whilst being aware of the credentials of the opposition, the Singleton boys were certainly not intimidated by this.
From the opening exchanges it was clear we were there to play.
After a solid defensive effort for most of the first half West’s managed to get to a 10-0 lead.
An inspirational try by our barnstorming front rower Tom Baker put us back into the game.
His 40m display of mass destruction left opposing defenders sprawling and took us to the half time break trailing only 10 - 6.
With a feeling of confidence and pride, the second half produced some punishing battles with no backward steps taken by either side. With a few things not going our way West’s managed to put on three more tries.
The score line of 24 - 6 was in no way a reflection of the how tight the game was with every player absolutely exhausted as the final siren sounded.
Singleton’s best were Tom Baker, Teal Stewart, Glenn Winsor, Logan Ellis and Hayden Bourke.
A special mention to all the supporters who made the journey to cheer the boys on, it definitely inspired them and we were all rewarded with a great display by the entire team.
It was an effort to be proud of and coaches Scott and Jamie, wish to thank a great bunch of boys for the year and an incredible effort on Sunday.
Singleton Sound Solutions Under 14 (Division 5)
The side travelled to St John Oval in Charlestown to play the undefeated Minor Premiers Myall River in the Grand Final.
Right from the kick off these two teams went at it and displayed some great attacking football.
These raids were being repelled with great Grand Final intensity defence. The game remained scoreless for the first 15 minutes as a result.
Myall River scored first and lead 6 nil before Zac Taylor crashed over to make the score 6 – 4.
With about two minutes remaining until half time Singleton Captain Jake Davis crashed over to give the doggies the lead 8 – 6.
Myall River scored early in the second half to regain the lead 12-8 as the game then went from end to end as both teams attacked and defended with awesome effect.
Luke Whitehurst and Hayden Keely were simply outstanding running the ball hard as were Casey Smith and Matt Ferguson with some outstanding defence.
Josh Thompson crashed over to score then converted his own try to give the dogs the lead 14 – 12. Not to be outdone Myall River scored to again take the lead 16 - 14.
The game went down to the final siren as Singleton had not one but two tries disallowed in the final minute of the game.
The second chance came as the fulltime siren sounded and the boys thinking they had plucked a grand final victory at the death but were denied and it wasn't to be.Myall River won 16-14 in a grand final that was great to witness.
Congratulations to the guys on a fantastic season they can be very proud of there efforts and played every game with great sportsmanship.
Entire Concrete Under 15 (Division 2)
The side had to do it the hard way but the team emerged as the Major Premiers for 2012 and did it in style.
Singleton went into the Grand Final after accounting for the previously undefeated South Lakes side whom they defeated on their home turf two weekends earlier in the Major Semi on route to the decider.
The game started with Singleton spending the first 12 minutes defending their own try line.
Showing patience and maturity, the pups then posted first points of the game.
Singleton extended that initial lead to 14 – nil by the half time break with a superb controlled game of football.
After oranges it was important that Singleton score first points and they waited for an opportunity and took it with another converted try to extend the lead to a commanding 20 – nil with 20 minutes of play remaining.
The visitors hit back with a try of their own to make it 20 – 6 with plenty of time remaining.
Singleton were not done with though and put the game out of reach with their final points through a converted try to give them a 20 point buffer with just seven minutes remaining.
With the game in safe keeping the boys relaxed a little and allowed South Lakes another try for the score to finish at 26 – 12.
A big thank you to Nick Johnson who stepped up an age group on numerous occasions this year and wasn’t out of place.
Also Travis Avramovic whom billeted himself out in the week leading into the Grand final, stayed for the game and then joined his parents in North Queensland for the rest of a supposed family holiday.
That sort of dedication was evident right through the entire season from all players.
It would be unfair to single out one player as it was the contribution from all 18 that delivered the teams best performance of the year. Well done boys.