Years may have passed since Singleton Roosters club legend Pete Childs last donned a playing jumper.
Nevertheless, the stalwart would go onto to inspire the Roosters to a 61-point victory over arch rival Maitland on Saturday thanks to an emotional pre-game speech.
“For those who aren’t aware, today we play for a shield in honour of my late son Bryan who passed away five years ago,” Childs explained.
“He played juniors as well as 20 senior games and his last was against Maitland.
“So, on days like today remember to embrace the mates you’re playing on the field with.”
The Roosters honoured the occasion by holding their winless opponents scoreless for the opening 38 minutes of the match.
Davey medal contender Cameron White was the Roosters’ best on ground with four goals while Andrew Scott and Jackson Kolatchew finished with two each on return.
The trio was joined in the best players by defender Sam Howard as the visitors held the Saints to their lowest score since Round 16, 2018.
“Given it is Bryan’s 23rd birthday on the day of the game (August 22nd), this year’s clash is going to be even more special,” Howard said prior to the clash.
The Roosters will now play host to Killarney Vale this Saturday at Rose Point Park.
Maitland 2.7 (19)
Singleton 12.8 (80)
Maitland – P. McMahon, P. Magann, J. Ellis, N. McMahon, R. Newstead, A. Damico
Singleton – C. White, S. Howard, A. Scott, J. Ellis-Cluff, L. Draper, J. Kolatchew
Maitland – H. Matheson, O. Latter
Singleton – C. White 4, J. Kolatchew 2, A. Scott 2, A. Mitchell, C. Harris, J. Ellis-Cluff, Z. Bray
MEANWHILE the Singleton Roosterettes remain on top of the ladder thanks to a 25-point victory over Gosford at Adock Park.
Nadene McBride’s line-up will now play host to The Entrance Bateu Bay in a mouth watering first vs. third clash at Rose Point Park.
Gosford 2.2 (14)
Singleton 5.9 (59)
EARLIER in the morning the Roosters’ reserves side was unable to claim a third straight win when facing Killarney Vale at Adelaide Street Oval.
The Bombers would capitalise on the wind in the opening term and would do enough to hold off Singleton from that point off.
New recruit Eddie Weaver finished with two goals for the visitors while debutant Jackson Besley was influential from start to finish.
The Roosters will now play host to Warners Bay.
Killarney Vale 14.8 (92)
Singleton 5.7 (37)
Killarney Vale – L. Banfield, K. Walford, M. Adams, R. Lyons, A. Perkins, T. Mannion
Singleton – J. Cornelius, J. Deacon, L. Charnock, P. Chandler, C. Capell, J. Besley
Killarney Vale – M. Adams 4, R. Lyons 2, J. Lloyd 2, M. Forster, T. Mannion, R. Weatherall, J. Newburn, L. Banfield, J. Daley
Singleton – E. Weaver 2, B. Partridge, M. Phillips, J. Cornelius