Go you Red Dogs

A golden point victory to the Singleton Greyhounds Under 17’s sideagainst Cessnock means the Greyhounds have three sides in the running for premierships.
Nanjing Night Net

Our trusty Rugby League writer Darren Ward aka Marmalade is all over the weekend action and has already penned a round up for Argus readers.

The Clubhouse Hotel / Pirtek Singleton Greyhounds have a strong hand in respective Group 21 and HVCC Grand-finals this coming weekend. The Club’s Reserve Grade, Under 18’s and Under 17’s will be taking the field and are a strong hope to win all three contests.

Firstly though results from the weekend,the club’s Third grade team bowed out of the finals on Saturday when they were overcome by a strong Windale side 22 – 8 in the elimination semi-final. The Dogs defended grimly for most of the first half due to a high error rate. Tries to Jason Fordham and Tyson Cullen proved if they controlled the ball, points would come and they trailed by just 12 – 8 at the break. However the early defensive effort told and the Eagles edged to victory. Captain-coach Marty Carroll can be justifiably proud of resurrecting a third grade side for the club and what they achieved. Plans are afoot for an encore in 2017.

The Persas Under 17 managed to grab victory from the jaws of defeat with a stunning 22 – 18 golden point Preliminary Final win over a gallant Dungog side. A difficult windy day for free flowing football made the game a real arm wrestle. Singleton led 10-nil at half time through two tries to man-of-the-match Hayden Bourke. Facing the breeze in the second half Singleton couldn’t contain the Warriors who scored three converted tries to lead 18 – 10 and looking set for victory.

However,the Greyhounds regrouped and regained the momentum. Tries to Bailey Ellis and Kyle Knight with a few minutes remaining levelled the score at 18 – 18. A towering Bailey Ellis field goal in the dying seconds looked the match-winner but was ruled no goal. Singleton capitalised on a Dungog error and allowed Connor Mulholland to score the winning try in the corner. More on the U 17’s later.

All roads lead to Olympic Park Muswellbrook, hosts of this year’s Group 21 Grand-final Day. The Remondis Group Singleton Reserve grade side will be making an incredible 12th straight grand-final appearance and are warm favourites after their 52-12 demolition of Scone in the Major Semi just two weeks ago. The Greyhounds will be hoping to add to its five titles during this run with a sixth premiership for the Jacob Rinkin led team.

The Dogs have tasted defeat on just the one occasion this season, an 18 – 12 loss at the hands of the Tigers way back in Round 4. This provides us with an interesting segue with the Tigers upstaging Scone 16 – 12 last Sunday at Scone Park to become the Dog’s opponents in the Grand-final this weekend. Singleton has since managed two comfortable victories over Aberdeen 30 – 6 and 26 – 6 in Round 9 and Round 14 respectively. The Tigers are renowned for rising to the occasion in big games and any thought of an easy victory is now out the window. That said, the Singleton team has some real touches of class in key positions at their disposal and enough game breakers to get the job done.

The Singleton Tyre Centre Under 18’s go into their grand-final showdown fresh against arch rivals Muswellbrook having inflicted the only defeat upon the Minor Premiers two weeks ago in the major Semi-final 12 – 10. The Rams held the upper hand previously over Singleton with 17 – 4 and 36 – 16 wins in Round 5 and Round 10 respectively and deserve favouritism with the home ground advantage courtesy of the feats of their clubs first grade side.

Reserve Grade after the win that secured their place in this year’s grand final.

Both teams are evenly matched and are considered amongst the most well-credentialed teams in the entire Hunter region having played plenty of First Division at junior league level. As was the case in their most recent clash the result will probably come down to a simple error or perhaps bounce of the ball stuff to claim the prize. It has been a few years since Singleton tasted success in the Juniors and with a bit of luck they can break that run of outs.

The Persas Under 17’s have done a remarkable job, overcoming many obstacles to make it to the Grand-final of the Under 17 – 2nd Division competition in the HVCC. The team travels to Kurri Sportsground on Saturday to take on Minor Premiers Cessnock. The Goanna’s hold the edge with 22 – 20 win in Round 1 and more recently 38 – 18 victory in the Major Semi-Final and as such there is no doubt the Red Dogs are also the Under-Dogs.

The team has been desperately trying to juggle the effects of a mounting injury toll and heavy football schedule due to Singleton High School team’s success. The squad has had to call on a number of talented Under 16 players to fill the voids and through their efforts they have been able to achieve a Grand-final appearance, a first for many in the squad. With a rare seven day break ahead of the decider the team hopes to freshen up and enjoy the week. Come Saturday, the boys are very capable of putting in a mighty performance and turning the tables on Cessnock, watch this space!

A reminder also to all players, sponsors, supporters, friends and family that the Annual Singleton Presentation Evening will be held on Saturday 17th September at Club Singleton from 5.30pm till late. The Dally M dress code is semi-formal (red tie) – no jeans. Tickets are available through respective team management at $50 for Adults and $40 for Junior’s. Jersey presentations will also be made to financial players on the night.

The annual Group 21 Presentation Night will be held at the Muswellbrook Workers Club with a number of Singleton players in the running for awards, good luck to all participants. On Saturday it will be the Under 17’s in action and on Sunday the Under 18’s and Reserve Grade teams go into battle. The club is hoping for a strong showing from supporters on both days to help bring home the silverware. The after match functions will be held at the home of the Greyhounds, the Clubhouse Hotel.

Go you Red Dogs!

Marmalade

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