IT was a bittersweet day at the office for the Singleton Roosters in the AFL Hunter Central Coast at the weekend.
While the club celebrated its maiden victory in the Black Diamond Shield and the Black Diamond Plate Women's side maintained its undefeated streak in 2020, the Black Diamond Cup team suffered its first loss of the season.
But, the Roosters' top squad gave it a good crack against Newcastle City in the main fixture at the Newcastle No 1 Sportsground on Saturday.
Singleton led at the long break, 6.5 (41) to 6.4 (40), however the hosts proved too strong in the end, triumphing 17.10 (112) to 7.7 (49).
The fact the Roosters could only kick one major in the second half was a telling factor.
Cameron Saunders landed two goals, as did Jed Ellis-Cluff, while Kobi Whalan, Sam Brasington and Isaac Barry added their names to the list.
Singleton's best included Luke Draper, Sam Howard, Daltyn McCartney, Conrad Smith, Cameron White and Barry.
The Roosters have the chance to redeem themselves when they meet Cardiff at Rose Point Park on Saturday, August 8.
Black Diamond Cup
Newcastle City 17.10 (112)
Singleton 7.7 (49)
Goal kickers: C. Saunders 2, J. Ellis-Cluff 2, K. Whalan, S. Brasington, I. Barry
Best: L. Draper, S. Howard, D. McCartney, C. Smith, C. White, I. Barry
A stellar individual performance from Kalani Bates enabled the Roosterettes to upstage Newcastle City, 4.10 (34) to 0.1 (1), in their round three encounter.
Singleton held a narrow advantage at the opening break, 1.0 (6) to 0.1 (1), and continued to apply pressure on its rivals.
Bates shone throughout the showdown, kicking all four goals, and was well-supported by Paula Bates, Natasha Pietrzak, Sophie Breeze, Charlotte Alexander and Kyah McBride.
The Roosterettes are on track to continue their winning ways against Lake Macquarie on August 8.
Black Diamond Plate Women's
Singleton 4.10 (34)
Newcastle City 0.2 (2)
Goal kickers: K. Bates 4
Best: K. Bates, P. Bates, N. Pietrzak, S. Breeze, C. Alexander, K. McBride
Meanwhile, Singleton's Black Diamond Shield outfit revelled in its 11.10 (76) to 7.8 (50) triumph over Maitland at Rose Point Park.
After trailing 3.1 (19) to 2.4 (16) early, the Roosters went on with the job, with Paul Chandler leading the charge.
The sharp-shooter booted five majors, including four in the second quarter.
Donald Hornby-Waring, Luke Davis, Edward Weaver, Lachlan Charnock, Marcus Rowe and Brandon Partridge made an impression on the scoreboard, too.
The win was just the tonic heading into this weekend's bye.
Black Diamond Shield
Singleton 11.10 (76)
Maitland 7.8 (50)
Goal kickers: P. Chandler 5, D. Hornby-Waring, L. Davis, E. Weaver, L. Charnock, M. Rowe, B. Partridge