U/9s: The junior Roosters played host to the formidable Cardiff Hawks and all the boys were extra keen for a run after last week’s wash-out. The Hawks jumped to an early lead, kicking four first-quarter goals against a Singleton side that lacked focus and struggled against the smothering tackles of their opposition. The second quarter was more competitive but the Roosters were still below their best, with the Hawks’ players showing more commitment to win the ball.
Singleton clicked into gear in the second half, showing more run in the midfield and more muscle in defence. Connor Dicks had his best performance of the season and was ruthless in his attack on the ball. Dorian Thornberry showed off his slick hand and foot skills, while Dylan Lowry continued to make a physical impact.
Seth Kolatchew and Tom Wegner also got plenty of the ball, while Jordie Brown showed his continued improvement with his best game of the year. Jordie made a number of strong tackles to create loose ball in the midfield.
U/11s: Coming off a few wins of late, the Roosters had the mammoth task of taking on the undefeated ladder leaders in Cardiff Hawks.
The game started evenly with possessions being hard to earn. Cardiff have always been known for their rough and physical style and this was visible early which meant Singleton had to match it with them, and they did with Cameron and Darcy Saunders showing aggression and tackling hard.
The Roosters matched it with Cardiff for the first half and even managed a slender lead. But due to a timekeeper’s mistake the last two quarters were extended to 20 minutes rather than 15 minutes to make up for the two 10 minute quarters. This would test their fitness but Singleton still had the lead at three quarter time thanks to great play from the usuals Daltyn McCartney and Ben Horridge. Going in the final term neither team wanted to let this game go and it was a tense period with the scoreboard always changing. At one stage Singleton had a 9 point lead. But then Cardiff came hard and within the final minutes grabbed the lead.
After and the siren sounded, Cardiff had won by just five points and considering they were first and Singleton was fifth shows what a mighty effort it was.
The Singleton Roosters under 17 side travelled to Lake Macquarie to take on the Dockers. With two of the team’s defensive players out the contest promised to be close contest, just like the previous encounter earlier on in the year. By half time the Roosters had a commanding lead, and never looked back amassing a 137 point win. The win was delivered from the middle, with Max Hillier, Sam Howard and Joey O’Brien, ruthless in their attack on the ball. The forward line was served incredibly well by Campbell Huntington and Jackson Kolatchew.
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