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A thrilling finish for a club legend

THE VETERANS: Patrick Fitzgerald, Travis Bates, Tim Hare (coach), Donald Hornby-Waring and Andy Thornberry.

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 HERO: Even after his last game as a player, Travis Bates was back on the sideline assisting his first grade teammates with his son Jesse.

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.

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