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Sam Howard eyes victory for his friend Bryan

IN YOUR HONOUR: Sam Howard will be playing the Singleton Roosters' Bryan Childs memorial shield clash in honour of one of his close friends.

IN YOUR HONOUR: Sam Howard will be playing the Singleton Roosters’ Bryan Childs memorial shield clash in honour of one of his close friends.

 

When Singleton Rooster Sam Howard leads his senior side out against Maitland tomorrow he will be playing for far more than the four premiership points.

The Roosters will playoff for the Bryan Childs memorial shield, an occasion which will spur the inform defender in honour of one of his late friends.

“In 2015 the Singleton region had five young kids, all aged under 18, pass away in car accidents in about the space of three weeks and sadly our Bryan was the first.

IN MEMORY: The late Bryan Childs celebrates his 2014 premiership.

IN MEMORY: The late Bryan Childs celebrates his 2014 premiership.

 “700 people turned up to his funeral from his school, football club, work and the list kept going on.”

Many of the deceased star’s former teammates paid tribute to the former Rooster on Monday four years after his tragic passing.

Such was the nostalgia of his friendship that even Howard, who is considered as one of the tall, tough and quiet hard men of the AFL Hunter Central Coast senior competition; could not help but add to the tributes.

“On and off the field Bryan was a really kind guy and an even better mate who would always be positive and there to support you when needed,” Howard told the Singleton Argus.

“I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about him which is a real credit to the way he carried himself and he got along really well with everyone.

“So this shield and game gives us all a chance to remember Bryan and all the great memories we have had with him throughout our lives.

“We also get a chance to thank his family for all the work and support they have given to the club.”

LEADING THE WAY: Sam Howard leads his side off the field.

LEADING THE WAY: Sam Howard leads his side off the field.

He added, “Everyone who is playing on the day has a chance to play for Bryan the way that he would of played, tough but fair, and always giving 100%.”

Childs’ 20th and final senior game would take place against Maitland four days before his passing.

The Roosters prevailed 7.11 (53) to 4.10 (34) that afternoon and have denied the Saints victory at Rose Point Park ever since.

“In Bryan’s first few years in juniors he was one of the key forward targets in the team playing in the forward line,” Howard added.

“Then in under 17s, our coach Steph Nester decided to put Bryan in the backline at centre half back.

“His fitness really improved and he was no doubt a big reason why we won the grand final in under 17s that year.”

Ironically, Howard now plays the same role following a transition from the midfield.

ALL SMILES: Sam Howard was named as the Roosters' best player in the opening round of the season.

ALL SMILES: Sam Howard was named as the Roosters’ best player in the opening round of the season.

Childs has also been remembered through the naming of an award by his former employer Hitachi.

The award recognises upcoming talent who also display the standard he set as an electrical fitter.

“He was smart, he managed to beat 800 applicants to get his role and he was the top of his TAFE class; but we didn’t know he was that clever” Pete Childs playfully added.

PROUD FATHER: Pete Childs visited the Singleton Roosters' club rooms on Thursday evening in support of his son's teammates.

PROUD FATHER: Pete Childs visited the Singleton Roosters’ club rooms on Thursday evening in support of his son’s teammates.

Nevertheless Childs will be best remembered for his commitment to the Singleton Roosters’ football club.

Club officials are expecting a large crowd on Saturday considering the Singleton Bulls will be playing away while the town’s other two major teams are playing on Sunday.

By Alex Tigani 
(Singleton Argus) 
26/04/2019

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