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Father-son pair star for Roosters’ senior side

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Both key forward Travis Bates and his son Jesse would find majors in the Roosters' 17-point win over Nelson Bay on Saturday afternoon.

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Both key forward Travis Bates and his son Jesse would find majors in the Roosters’ 17-point win over Nelson Bay on Saturday afternoon.

The Singleton Roosters’ senior side successfully opened its 2019 AFL Hunter Central Coast campaign with a 17-point win over Nelson Bay on Saturday afternoon.

Returning Marlin Kieran Lamond found the opening goal while former Sydney and Essendon ball winner Craig Bird led the disposal count early as the visitors took out a 1.2 (8) to 0.2 (2) lead at the first break.

An early knock to Jesse Bates would also see the 16-year-old senior debutant (momentarily) join key players Oliver Moody (injured), Joel Deacon (rested), Sam Brasington and Cameron White (unavailable) on the sidelines.

EARLY GRAB: Travis Bates outreaches his son Jesse to take a mark.

“I did cop a big hit in the first quarter which was a nice introduction to the game,” Bates playfully recalled.

“But I was given the all clear to go back on in the second quarter. ”

However an inspiring three quarters from the Roosters’ back six would see Andrew Scott’s men prevail 5.6 (36) to 2.7 (19).

Key defender Sam Howard proved to be the Roosters’ best player post-match ahead newly appointed skipper Alex Mitchell.

LINING UP FOR GOAL: Travis Bates extends Singleton's margin.

LINING UP FOR GOAL: Travis Bates extends Singleton’s margin.

The club’s eight senior debutants (Jesse Bates, Luke Draper, Matthew Cornelius, James Colmer, Alex Tigani, Cameron McLelland, Jakob Vearing and Joshua Eade) were then pushed into the middle of the players’ circle for the team song.

Prior to the match each of the incoming recruits would be handed their new jumper by a club legend.

WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUE: Jesse Bates is mobbed by his teammates after his scoring first senior goal.

WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUE: Jesse Bates is mobbed by his teammates after his scoring first senior goal.

An emotional Mal Draper proudly hugged his son Luke before the young defender would finish in his side’s best players.

The final presentation would see key forward Travis Bates hand a jumper to his son Jesse. The father son duo would both celebrate goals on the Southern end of the ground.

CLUB STALWART: Luke Draper (pictured with his father and club legend Mal) was named in the Roosters' best players.

CLUB STALWART: Luke Draper (pictured with his father and club legend Mal) was named in the Roosters’ best players.

“Playing senior footy was a massive step-up from juniors,” Jesse added.

“The physicality, the skills, the pace of the game was increased to a standard that I have never been a part of.

“Ultimately, playing with my dad was one of the best moments of my life; although he did take a big grab off my back.”

Singleton will now host Terrigal Avoca who made the biggest statement of the competition when dismantling Gosford 21.18 (144) to 3.3 (21).

FINAL SCORE: Singleton is now third on the ladder behind Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City.

FINAL SCORE: Singleton is now third on the ladder behind Terrigal Avoca and Newcastle City.

The ladder leader found the final 13 goals of the game to gain a percentage of 685.71%.

The reserves side will commence its season campaign against rival Muswellbrook earlier at 10am before the women’s side also play host to the Cats in its first game (after Nelson Bay forfeited on the weekend).

By Alex Tigani 
(Singleton Argus) 
03/04/2019

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