EASY DAY AT THE OFFICE: The Singleton Greyhounds received a forfeit from the Denman Devils at the weekend.IT wasn’t quite the preferred method of bagging an important two competition points for the Ourcare Singleton Greyhounds first grade side when Singleton won by forfeit over the Denman Devils last Sunday.
A belated call was made by defending premiers Denman to cancel its game against the Greyhounds, leaving fans disappointed.
The Devils have crashed backed to earth in 2016 and remain winless thus far following a mass exodus from the club this year.
And, with no reserve grade side in the competition, the youthful team is showing signs of stress and may struggle to compete for the rest of the season.
The upside is that Singleton had the chance to get over a few niggling injuries that have plagued the squad this year ahead of a massive clash with the Aberdeen Tigers this Saturday at Pirtek Park.
With reserve grade in receipt of the bye, it was the Agi-Hotel “thirds” who took centre stage by trying to secure their first win of 2016 against the Hexham Jets.
Buoyed by a large crowd, the boys showed they have turned the corner with an impressive 50-22 triumph.
Singleton looked in control, led by skipper Marty Carroll, to lead 22-10 at the break.
Tries to Mitchell Nott, Jake Mackaway and Zac Laut together with Carroll’s double gave the Greyhounds their points.
But, it was Zac Howlett’s kicking game with no less than two 40/20 kicks that gave Singleton those attacking opportunities.
A Howlett intercept try after the resumption kicked the Greyhounds further clear, although the visitors never gave up, scoring a few smart tries out wide to reduce the deficit again.
The Zacs, Laut and Howlett, crossed again to give them doubles for the day before they too were joined by Christian Kirby, who bagged two tries himself to close out the game.
Players’ player was Laut.
The Singleton Tyre Centre under-18s left it very, very late to secure a lucky 12-10 win over an energetic Denman side that should not be under-estimated in future.
The visitors led 10-0 at the break and an upset looked likely.
The young Greyhounds, who were missing several key players to injury, relied on their under-17 counterparts to step into the void.
The team was probably guilty of lacking patience and trying to score from every set that produced too many errors.
Three tries in the second half to Morgan Amidy, Luke Rees and the game-sealer to Lewis Hamilton, with a minute remaining, gave Singleton the win.
With a bye next week, the side will get some players back ahead of some important clashes.
Players’ player was Luke Rees.
The Entire Concrete women’s league tag returned to the winner’s circle with a determined 32-6 triumph over Denman.
Despite the blustery conditions, some good enterprising football was produced by the girls.
Tries were shared between Lynan Muldoon (2), Holly Fisher-Webster (2), Neisha Smith and Lauren Pitt.
Fisher-Webster capped a great game, landing four conversions for a personal tally of 16 points, and was named players’ player.
The Persas under-17s were dealt a blow when, for the second time this season, the away team forfeited, this time Nelson Bay.
While the two points were forthcoming, it now means the boys will go three weeks between games with a bye this weekend.
Again, the team will also get troops back for the run home and some rest for the players being utilised in under-18s as well.
Draw for Saturday, June 4:
First grade: Singleton v Aberdeen @ 4.30pm (Pirtek Park)
Reserve grade: Singleton v Aberdeen @ 3pm (Pirtek Park)
Women’s league tag: Singleton v Aberdeen @ 2pm (Pirtek Park)
Third grade: Glendale v Singleton @ 3pm (Bower Oval)
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