And, for the fourth straight year, Childs’ former teammates would guide the Roosters to an impressive victory.
However this was a 66-point triumph like none before.
It appeared that Singleton’s streak in memory of Bryan Childs, a 17-year-old senior footballer who tragically passed away in a car accident four years earlier, would come to an end given the absence of Roosters Sam Brasington, Oliver Moody, Travis Bates and Andrew MacPherson.
“It’s sad that he (Bryan) is not here and playing with his good friend Sam (Howard) this weekend because he had so much in front of him,” Bryan’s father Pete explained before the match.
As a result, Howard would be named in the side’s best players behind Cameron White who landed three goals in his 50th game.
“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 added.
“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 him.”
The following day saw the Singleton Greyhounds retain the Alan John Cox memorial shield against Denman.
Cox, who was linked to both clubs, passed away with his father Jim in a tragic farming accident on December 7, 1994.
His relatives Stephen and Julie were on hand to present the shield moments after the 26-16 victory.
By Alex Tigani