All three of the Singleton Roosters’ senior line-ups proved victorious this afternoon.
The club’s senior men’s side celebrated a 40-point win over Cardiff in the penultimate round of the AFL Black Diamond Cup competition while a three goal haul from Kalani Bates saw the Roosterettes hold off The Entrance Bateau Bay by 20-points.
Yet the result of the day took place at 11:51am when the siren sounded to signal the Roosters’ second grade side a memorable one-point victory over Maitland at Max McMahon Oval.
Fittingly, club legend and premiership player Travis Bates would be the catalyst for the win by kicking the sealer.
The 42-year-old, who kicked a century of goals for the club in 2016, finished with three goals in what would be his last game for the club.
“It was funny, when Harey moved me forward I had a feeling the outcome of the game would come down to me,” Bates said.
The Roosters trailed by 12-points at the final break and appeared set for a sixth straight loss after midfielder Ethan Kolatchew was hospitalised with a leg injury in the third term.
However momentum swung in favour of the visitors as Bates scored his second with ten minutes remaining.
The home side landed a major moments later and the margin returned to 12-points before Dylan Hixon snapped truly to cut Maitland’s lead to five-points again.
Then, the winning passage.
A link of five contested handballs from the centre circle would land in the hands of Bates and the rest is history.
A total of 56 players ran out for the Roosters’ second grade line-up in 2020.