Singleton Greyhounds eye strong return against Denman

PLAYERS' PLAYERS: Singleton Greyhound Frank-Paul Nu'uausala shared the Players' Player award with Jake Smith in Sunday's first grade clash.
PLAYERS' PLAYERS: Singleton Greyhound Frank-Paul Nu'uausala shared the Players' Player award with Jake Smith in Sunday's first grade clash.

The Albion Hotel Singleton Greyhounds are looking to regroup after two straight heavy defeats against unbeaten competition leaders Scone this past fortnight.

A 60-6 and 58-0 loss last Sunday has put a large dent in the club's premiership aspirations and perhaps that of a top 2 finish.

Injuries have been as crushing as the lopsided score's but there is still plenty of fight left in this dog.

THE MENTORS: First grade coach and club president Jye Bayley received his praise from his second grade coach Alex Ferrie on Sunday. Despite being told by his doctor to never play again, Bayley put the boots back to make an onfield contribution.

THE MENTORS: First grade coach and club president Jye Bayley received his praise from his second grade coach Alex Ferrie on Sunday. Despite being told by his doctor to never play again, Bayley put the boots back to make an onfield contribution.

It's easy to be critical in light of recent performances but credit to the many players who have stepped up to the plate from the lower grades.

Your worth may be lost by certain sections of the media but not by your family, sponsors and supporters which is all that matters.

So we find ourselves with a week off football this weekend for wet weather catch-up games, none of which involve Singleton teams.

The Ourcare First's will be hoping to get back two of its lynch pin's in Thomas Johnson and James Bradley in a fortnight, both of whom have missed a good portion of the season due to groin and hamstring injuries respectively.

Hopefully it's a circuit breaker for a stop-start season with five games left of the regular competition, four of those thankfully at home.

Singleton sit in third spot two points clear of Denman who they host in Round 11 at Pirtek Park on Sunday week.

One of the Dog's aims in the final few rounds will be to cement third spot and a home semi-final position and a win over Denman will go a long way in determining that.

In Reserve grade, the Remondis Group side have also been understrength given the injuries in the top grade.

After 10 rounds they sit in fourth spot just two points clear of Muswellbrook in fifth whom they meet in Round 12.

The Reggies have four games left of the regular season and will be keen to win at least three of those four remaining games.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Tim Lane pictured ahead of the Greyhounds' 24-14 second grade win last week.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Tim Lane pictured ahead of the Greyhounds' 24-14 second grade win last week.

Coach Alex Ferrie will be keen to settle his roster in the weeks ahead and having beaten ladder leaders Merriwa earlier this season, prove they are a good chance to go deep into the finals.

The Singleton Tyre Centre Under 18's remain undefeated in 2019 but appear to have come back to the field a little during the middle rounds.

An 18-8 win over the Thoroughbreds has them six points clear at the top of the table over nearest rival Muswellbrook.

Coach Dan Higgins will be looking to sort his combinations and squad over their remaining four games and a return to dominance in this age group.

With a few of his chargers getting a taste of senior football in recent months, it will put them in a strong position in this age competition.

Time to put the foot down lads!

The Entire Concrete Ladies League-Tag lie in fifth position just one point in arrears of Muswellbrook in fourth who have had a soft draw this year.

STANDING THEIR GROUND: The Entire Concrete Ladies League-Tag pictured in action last month.

STANDING THEIR GROUND: The Entire Concrete Ladies League-Tag pictured in action last month.

Our girls will have their Round 12 match against the Rams pencilled in as a 'must win' contest to give themselves a chance of playing in September.

The Singleton girls are a blend of youth and experience and if they put their best foot forward anything is possible.

Don't forget about the Singleton Old Boy's have organised re-union next Saturday, celebrating the 1959 Reserve Grade Premiership and Scanlon Shield sides, 1969 Reserve grade and Under 18 sides and the 1989 Singleton Under 18's and 1989 Singleton Broncos premiership winning sides.

That will be some night!

The home of Singleton Rugby League, the Albion Hotel will host the event and its one not to be missed.

Tickets are $35 per head with RSVP needed by Saturday 13th July.

Please contact Nigel Papworth, Neil Hassett or Donna Clout for tickets or visit the club's Facebook page for more information.

The following day will be the traditional Old Dog's day with games against Denman and Murrurundi.

There will be plenty of family friendly activities in place on the day so get the family together for a great day's entertainment.