Jake Smith eager to share premiership success with the next generation of Singleton Greyhounds

THE CAMPAIGNER: Jake Smith (Singleton Greyhounds) pictured before his side's final home and away clash on Sunday afternoon.
THE CAMPAIGNER: Jake Smith (Singleton Greyhounds) pictured before his side's final home and away clash on Sunday afternoon.

Jake Smith knows what it takes to win a Bengalla Hunter Valley Group 21 first grade premiership.

Both he and his current Singleton Greyhounds' captain Luke Gardner did just that in 2008 before his skipper went on to collect a further two in 2011-12.

However the half-back believes the premiership window is wide open for his hometown's heroes so long as they are able to replicate their impressive Round 14 performance (a 40-0 victory over second place Aberdeen) when they commence their 2019 finals campaign this Saturday afternoon.

"Against Aberdeen we just believed in ourselves," Smith told the Singleton Argus.

"From last year's side to this year's side all we've done is add extra talent.

"We (simply) believed against Aberdeen, we scored a few early tries and we defended well so, with a bit of a sniff, away we went."

The equation is now simple for the Greyhounds.

If they win the next three first grade games, they will end a premiership drought dating back to 2012.

While the scenario appears optimistic, particularly when the side would have to face a Scone outfit with a 15-0 record, the 30-year-old half-back admits he's desperate to share the ultimate success with his side's developing talents.

"It's good to see a few young blokes start to really step up and take a leadership role while some of us older blokes are close to stepping aside," he added.

"If we make it all the way the premiership will mark are handing over between our age group and the next ones coming through."

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Jake Smith celebrates Singleton's 2008 first grade premiership title after defeating Greta Branxton in the season decider.

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Jake Smith celebrates Singleton's 2008 first grade premiership title after defeating Greta Branxton in the season decider.

The Greyhounds will face off against Denman at Pirtek Park this Saturday afternoon while the club's under-18 side will play off against Muswellbrook in Scone on Sunday morning for a spot in this year's grand final.

2019 play-off draw

Saturday, August 24 -

Minor semi-final (Pirtek Park, Singleton)

11.45am: league tag, Merriwa v Muswellbrook

1pm: under-18s, Aberdeen v Scone

2.25pm: reserve grade, Aberdeen v Muswellbrook

4pm: first grade, Singleton v Denman

Sunday, August 25 -

Major semi-final (Scone Park, Scone)

10am: league tag, Scone v Murrurundi

11.15am: under-18s, Singleton v Muswellbrook

12.40pm: reserve grade, Scone v Merriwa

2.15pm: first grade, Scone v Aberdeen