The Roosters’ opening passages of play against senior rival Killarney Vale on Saturday proved to be among the side’s best for 2019.
This short time frame sounds amicable, particularly when the Roosters would suffer a 22.14 (146) to 5.4 (34) defeat by afternoon’s end. However the circumstances justify the theory on reflection.
NEW RECRUIT: Defender Sam Howard watches on as new recruit James Colmer gets his kick away.
Singleton would be without a host of key players including Andrew MacPherson, Mitchell Gaffney, Travis Bates, Zach Bray, Matthew Cornelius and Luke Draper while reliable marking options Jacob Welsh, Oliver Moody and Sam Brasington remained on the injured list.
This meant a total of eight reserve players, who had endured an 86-point defeat two hours earlier, would be required to battle the near full strength Bomber line-up.
COMPOSURE: First year Rooster Alex Tigani draws in five Killarney Vale defenders to free up teammate Richard Wilkes.
Yet, it would be Singleton who would control the initial flow while forcing the homeside into a state of trepidation in the absence of their tall option, and former Collingwood rookie, Scott Reed.
James Colmer and Cameron White inspired Singleton’s early centre clearance count, Conrad Smith and Jacob Vearing stood tall off half back and playing coach Andrew Scott landed the game’s opening major.
It would be the utility’s seventh in as many games.
Sadly, the fairy tale would come to an end as the home side piled on the next 13 goals.
ONE TO WATCH: Kyah McBride was named as Singleton’s best on Saturday.
Unfortunately the women’s side also suffered a one-sided defeat however they will regroup in honour of Dalys Jacobsen’s 50th match.
All three Singleton sides will now return home this Saturday to host the Gosford Tigers.
PROUD WOMEN: The Roosterettes don the club’s Indigenous strip for the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round.