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Roosters prevail over powerhouse Cardiff

THE WINNERS: Singleton Roosters senior players Daine Cowburn, Cameron Saunders and captain Alex Mitchell celebrate this afternoon's upset win over Cardiff at Rose Point Park.

THE WINNERS: Singleton Roosters senior players Daine Cowburn, Cameron Saunders and captain Alex Mitchell celebrate this afternoon’s upset win over Cardiff at Rose Point Park.

The Singleton Roosters have pulled off the AFL Hunter Central Coast senior competition’s upset victory of the year after defeating Cardiff by 39-points this afternoon.

The 12.15 (87) to 7.6 (48) triumph marked the Roosters’ fourth on the trot (a record streak for the club since re-entering the region’s top tier competition) after victories over Wyong Lakes, Maitland and Gosford earlier in the month.

THE SCORE: The Roosters registered 11 of the game's opening 13 scoring shots and, at one stage, held a 51-point lead over powerhouse Cardiff.

 THE SCORE: The Roosters registered 11 of the game’s opening 13 scoring shots and, at one stage, held a 51-point lead over powerhouse Cardiff.

“Today gives us every chance to finish as high as we can come finals which in turn means we then play a side which is (hopefully) not a strong as Cardiff,” senior coach Andrew Scott told the Singleton Argus.

ON RETURN: After 12 weeks on the sidelines Sam Brasington has continued to shine up forward.

ON RETURN: After 12 weeks on the sidelines Sam Brasington has continued to shine up forward.

 “This gives the boys a lot of confidence that we can beat a side like Cardiff and it’s a reward for all the hard work we’ve put on the track.”

The third placed Hawks would make eight changes to their line-up entering the match with captain Bryce Graetz amongst those absent from the afternoon’s line-up.

Yet nobody could have predicted Singleton’s early dominance as the Roosters registered 10 of the game’s opening 13 goals to the delight of the Rose Point Park crowd.

Daine Cowburn would finish with three goals for the second straight week, inspiring his men to an early 51-point lead, while first year Rooster Zachary Thompson would join his coach in the side’s best players.

“Admittedly, they had a lot of players out this week but I still think the win will give the boys confidence going forward,” Scott added.

THE MENTOR: Senior coach Andrew Scott pictured in the third term.

THE MENTOR: Senior coach Andrew Scott pictured in the third term.

The victory also came as an early birthday present for senior debutant Nathan Swan who turns 16 tomorrow.

The Medowie based athletics star stepped up to the plate throughout the afternoon following injuries to fellow defenders Cody Marchant (groin) and Conrad Smith (hamstring).

“I was just thinking about playing my role and going hard at the ball,” the Katherine born recruit admitted.

“I’ve been playing since I was six but there have been limited seasons due to three broken bones as well as a snake bite.

THE NEXT GENERATION: Darcy Saunders, Ruth Swan (proud mother), Nathan Swan and Cameron Saunders pictured on the eve of the debutant's 16th birthday.

THE NEXT GENERATION: Darcy Saunders, Ruth Swan (proud mother), Nathan Swan and Cameron Saunders pictured on the eve of the debutant’s 16th birthday.

“It was pretty good to have Mum (Ruth Swan) drive me out here to play for Singleton as well so I’d like to thank her.”

The Roosters will now travel to play fellow finals contender Warners Bay next weekend.

Goal Kickers

Singleton: D. Cowburn 3, C. Saunders 2, R. Wilkes 2, J. Bates 2, S. Brasington, C. White, A. Mitchell.

Cardiff: T. Keys 3, M. Ryan, T. Thompson, A. Wivell, D. Hoy-Maroney.

Best Players

Singleton: A. Scott, Z. Thompson, A. Macpherson, C. Smith, A. Mitchell.

Cardiff: J. Pratt, J. Campbell, P. Delaney, M. DeLeur, D. Hoy-Maroney, H. O”Neill.

By Alex Tigani 
(Singleton Argus) 
20/07/2019

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