Red Dogs tear Tigers apart

GOING FORWARD: James Bradley pictured in his side's 40-0 win over Aberdeen on Sunday.
GOING FORWARD: James Bradley pictured in his side's 40-0 win over Aberdeen on Sunday.

On one of the coldest and miserable spectating days on record the Singleton Greyhounds produced one of their hottest performances on record, delivering a crushing 40-0 win over premiership aspirant Aberdeen Tigers on Sunday.

It was a real shame that Pirtek Park wasn't at its usual capacity both those that did brave the conditions were more than handsomely rewarded.

Its's hard to say what was more impressive, the forty points rattled up in attack or the fact the Ourcare First's side kept their line intact for the full eighty minutes with incredible defence.

Singleton did unveil a new weapon just a fortnight from the finals.

New in that the player in question has been used just once prior, not new in that the player has been there since day one.

That player was the coach Jye Bayley who dusted off the boots once more and from the opening whistle set the standard for the rest of his team to follow, scoring a strong try in the fourth minute of play.

NEW FACE: Jye Bayley made a surprise return to the line-up on Sunday afternoon.

NEW FACE: Jye Bayley made a surprise return to the line-up on Sunday afternoon.

Bayley, playing despite three recent shoulder reconstructions was Russell Richards-esque driving his team and they responded.

Minutes later he sent a beautiful ball onto chest of Zac 'Dinky' Solman who poured through a yawning gap to score near the posts to make it 12-0.

Aberdeen camped in Singleton's red zone on the back of three straight penalties but come up short on every occasion due to a renewed defensive mindset and forced errors.

With the heavens opening up, half Jake Smith piloted a ball into the in-goal which the Tigers fumbled and Jordan Watson was waiting to pounce on the loose ball to make it 16-nil in as many minutes.

Smith was again in the thick of it, this time putting a shallow bomb onto the chest of winger Bailey Schultz.

UNCONTESTED: Bailey Schultz lands a try in the opening half.

UNCONTESTED: Bailey Schultz lands a try in the opening half.

Its doubtful goal-kicking ace Will Neiuwenhuise has faced more difficult conditions in his football career but he managed to convert from the sideline to give Singleton a commanding 22-nil lead after 24 minutes of play.

Neiuwenhuise bounced out of numerous tackles to get Dale Watson one on one and he proved too strong in crashing over in the corner to score and give his side a ridiculous 28-0 lead at the break for which Aberdeen had no answer.

MIGHTY GREYHOUNDS: It was the second time in three weeks that the Greyhounds kept their opponents scoreless.

MIGHTY GREYHOUNDS: It was the second time in three weeks that the Greyhounds kept their opponents scoreless.

The halftime break can be your worst enemy sometimes and Singleton found themselves guilty of not completing their sets in the third quarter of the game.

Despite this they managed to repel wave after wave of attack, something they had not been able to sustain for long periods this year, today was different.

When Morgan Amidy latched onto a loose pass by the Tigers and sprinted away on an 80m run to the line the game was as good as over, if it wasn't already.

Finally, the man that started it all finished it as Jye Bayley burrowed his way over from short range to seal a memorable win at 40-0 win.

THE MENTORS: Singleton Greyhound Frank-Paul Nu'uausala celebrates his coach Jye Bayley who scored the side's opening and final tries in their 40-0 win over Aberdeen.

THE MENTORS: Singleton Greyhound Frank-Paul Nu'uausala celebrates his coach Jye Bayley who scored the side's opening and final tries in their 40-0 win over Aberdeen.

For the last 18 minutes he rested himself and star recruit Frank-Paul Nu'uausala while the rest of the side maintained the intensity until the 80th and final minute which would have pleased him no end.

One of the great attributes of this win was the fact it had so many contributors, 17 in fact in easily the team's best performance of the season and probably Aberdeen's worst to be fair.

INJURED: Samuel Fitzsimmons came off late for the Tigers on Sunday. He may be rested against Denman this week.

INJURED: Samuel Fitzsimmons came off late for the Tigers on Sunday. He may be rested against Denman this week.

One thing is for sure, it has breathed some life back into the Group 21 premiership and the final home game of the season against the unbeaten Thoroughbreds this Sunday.

The club is putting on a huge family fun day with jumping castles, face painting and lots of other fanfare generously supported by Glencore, Robson's Civil, HeyBayle's Contracting, Oldknow Excavation and Haulage.

I doubt it could be any more special than last Sunday but you never know?

The Remondis Group Reserve Grade side tried very hard against a top heavy Tigers side.

WINNERS: Aberdeen prevailed 26-14 in the second grade competition.

WINNERS: Aberdeen prevailed 26-14 in the second grade competition.

The visitors crossed first after five minutes of play to lead 6-nil.

The next quarter of football was a real arm wrestle however Singleton couldn't convert good field position into points until Christian Kirby produced one of his trademark runs to crash over near the posts.

But as was the case all game, the Tigers hit back straight after a Singleton try and went to the break 12-6 in front.

Brayden Turnbull put Singleton back on level terms with a crafty try.

THE RESERVES: Singleton's line-up runs out to battle.

THE RESERVES: Singleton's line-up runs out to battle.

Aberdeen responded by getting hold of possession from the restart after the breeze held up the ball that wasn't properly contested.

The ball bounced straight into hands of a defender who found his way to the line.

Undeterred the Dog's hit back through half-back Toby O'Donnell to get Singleton back in contention at 18-14.

Another Dog's error was punished allowing the Tigers to skip out to a 22-14 margin before a try in the final seconds of the game pushed it out to a 26-14 score-line that perhaps didn't reflect the evenness of the match.

LAST LINE OF DEFENCE: Jake Mackaway holds his ground against Aberdeen's attack.

LAST LINE OF DEFENCE: Jake Mackaway holds his ground against Aberdeen's attack.

It now all comes down to the final game of the year with Singleton requiring a win or draw over second placed Scone to play semi-final football.

Muswellbrook in fifth have an easy assignment against cellar dwellers Denman and it could come down to for and against.

It would be a travesty if the Dogs don't make it given they have beaten the Rams both times they have met this year.

ON THE RUN: Singleton aims for an early try in the second grade match.

ON THE RUN: Singleton aims for an early try in the second grade match.

Hoping the boys can rise to the occasion against the Thoroughbreds.

The Singleton Tyre Centre Under 18's continued their unbeaten run with an indifferent display on the weekend.

THE MASTERMIND: Dan Higgins addresses his side after their comfortable 28-0 victory on Saturday.

THE MASTERMIND: Dan Higgins addresses his side after their comfortable 28-0 victory on Saturday.

The side seemed to be lethargic in the first half going into the break with a slender 6-nil lead courtesy of an Aiden Allgood try.

The second half was a much better effort as they started to roll through the Tigers middle racing in four unanswered tries to win 28-0.

Tries came the way of Lachlan Bodiam, Jacob Sunkanialavu, Blake Trees and Josh Johnson with Liam Harris landing four conversions on a tricky day for kickers.

With the semi-finals a fortnight away coach Dan Higgins will be using the final competition game to sort through his large squad to come up with the best combination available.

The Entire Concrete Ladies league-tag have been very game this season despite their young years and put into every contest they entered.

Unfortunately the girls couldn't turn around a 10-4 half-time deficit to go down 18-8 to a much improved Tigers side.

Tries to Shayla Jordan and Kristin Cox gave Singleton their points and the result now means the girls will just miss out on a finals berth.

They can prove just how far they have come when they take on heavyweights Scone in their last hoorah this week and I'm sure the girls would love to put in a big effort to finish the season.

A big thank you to match-day sponsor Hunter Valley Hydraulink (Shane and Kellie) for producing the winning formula this week and throughout 2019, its very much appreciated.

The 'Gardner Transport Players Player' results were:

First grade: Jye Bayley.

Reserve grade: Bailey Johnstone and Cody Landers.

Under 18: Tom Caita-Mandra and Josh Johnson.

Ladies: Casey Fernance.

ONE ROUND TO GO: The Singleton Greyhounds will now play host to the Scone Thoroughbreds this Sunday at Pirtek Park.

ONE ROUND TO GO: The Singleton Greyhounds will now play host to the Scone Thoroughbreds this Sunday at Pirtek Park.

So it's the final home game of the season, a family fun day and with a little help from the weather Gods, Pirtek Park will be the place to be next Sunday.

Hope you can make it and see the mighty Singleton Greyhounds make Scone earn their unbeaten status.

Round 15 (Family Fun Day) - Sunday 18th August (Pirtek Park)

First grade - Singleton vs Scone @ 2:00pm

Reserve grade: Singleton vs Scone @ 12:30pm

Under 18's: Singleton vs Scone @ 11:20am

League-Tag: Singleton vs Scone @ 10:20am