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Roosterettes welcome 11 debutants in season opener

Tahnee Franzi-Ford was brilliant from start to finish.

The Singleton Roosterettes kick-started their 2021 Black Diamond Plate Women’s premiership defence with a thrilling one-point win over Newcastle City.

Reigning Black Diamond Plate Women’s team of the year ruckwoman Madeleine Edsell slotted the visitors’ only goal at Hawkins Oval in wet conditions.

Yet the match would be remembered for two memorable milestones.

Reigning premiership captain Tori Cowburn would lead her side out for her 50th match (becoming only the fifth member of the team to reach the half-century).

By the game’s end, it was then time to celebrate the side’s newest additions by singing the club song.

“We actually had a total of 11 players make their debut for the club,” playing coach Nadene McBride explained.

“So, 11 out of 22; half of our team had not played a game prior.”

FINAL SCORES

Newcastle City 1.1 (7)
Singleton Roosterettes 1.2 (8)

BEST

Newcastle City – L. Simpson, M. Mclennan, E. Higgins, A. Bishop, J. Bratton, S. Charlett Macaskill.
Singleton Roosters – J. Old, N. Macpherson, P. Brumby, M. Edsell, T. Franzi-Ford, K. McBride.

GOALS

Newcastle City – E. Fairhall.
Singleton Roosters – M. Edsell.

NEW ROOSTERETTES: Paris Brumby taking the intercept and Karen Davey applying tackle.

MEANWHILE the Singleton Roosters’ Black Diamond Cup men’s side were unable to hold off powerhouse Newcastle City when suffering a 60-point defeat in the following match.

The Roosters will now return to Rose Point Park this Saturday to play host to Nelson Bay.

Both sides will be in search of their first win for 2021.

FINAL SCORES

Newcastle City 12.10 (82)
Singleton Roosters 3.4 (22)

BEST

Newcastle City – N. MacDonald, H. Blanchfield, E. Bradbury, L. Carroll, C. Bradbury.

Singleton Roosters – A. Scott, S. Howard, V. Roser, T. Gersch-Mizen, Z. Bray, M. Gaffney.

GOALS

Newcastle City – N. MacDonald 3, E. Bradbury 2, M. Crawford, C. Keast, J. Crawford, A. Gibson, L. Rawnsley.
Singleton Roosters – J. Ellis-Cluff, S. Brasington, T. Gersch-Mizen.

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