Dogs barking after win

THE Singleton Greyhounds Remondis Group reserve grade side secured its fifth premiership in its 11thconsecutive grand final appearance with a commanding 30-14 win over the Scone Thoroughbreds at Scone Park.
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Victory was paved during an almost faultless first half display that an NRL team would have truly admired.

The Dogs led 20-0 to totally dominate the hosts, much to the delight of a strong Singleton supporter base on hand.

Veteran prop Pat Ling got the music started with a powerful try near the posts in just the fifth minute. Jake Mackaway, who had a great day with the boot, calmly slotted the conversion for a6-0 lead.

One of Singleton’s starperformers, fullback Brodie Rinkin, made the first of many line breaks to give the Greyhounds great fieldposition.

Utility Karl Gilmoreproduced a terrific shot on Scone enforcer Peter Ford that produced an error.

And, from the ensuing set of six, Kirk Solman powered his way over to score Singleton’s second try of the day. Mackaway added the extras to extend the margin to 12-0 after 21 minutes.

From the restart, Scone compounded their growing problems by kicking out on the full.

The Dogs went on the attack with Ethan Coe darting out of dummy halfbefore sending a ball onto five-eighth Nathan Brock to score wide out. The conversion was successful, for 18-0, and by this stage Singleton was dominating the Thoroughbreds in every respect.

Two minutes before half-time, a break by Nathan Brock and support play by Rinkin put the Greyhounds on the attack once more.

A penalty was forthcoming and Mackaway stepped up and slotted the ball between the uprights for a 20-0 advantage.

If there has been a better performance from a reserve grade team in one half of football, then I haven’t seen it, just purposeful and methodical.

Any concerns of a change in direction after the break was soon put to bed.

A strong defensive effort on the Greyhounds own line soon turned to offence when a Chevy Ward line break put Singleton deep into Scone territory.

Brock provided a nice inside ball to Rinkin, who scored near the posts. The conversion was successful and at 26-0, the game was in the bag or was it?

Several stoppages inplay saw Singleton lose momentum and Scone assume it.

Tries to the Thoroughbreds in the seventh, 15th and 20th minute of the second half gave the home side a sniff of victory.

These points come on the back of unforced errors by Singleton in their own half and, with 15 minutes remaining and the score now reading 26-14, it was game on.

With six on the clock, it was Rinkin once again running into space to put the Greyhounds deep into Scone territory.

A few tackles later, quick hands saw Mackaway score in the corner to seal the match. His conversion hit the upright and was the only blemish to the youngster’s solid performance.

The full-time siren sounded and another premiership went to the way of the Greyhounds, much to the delight of the large supporter base on hand who joined in to sing the Red and Whitevictory song.

Like most games, thefoundation for the triumph was forged by a dominant Singleton pack and man of the match honours went to lock forward Solman, who was at his aggressive best in both facets of the game.

As has been well publicised, the first grade fixture between Scone and Denman will go into the history books as the longest game to date following an epic battle.

After the scores were locked at 20-all after 80minutes, it took another 48 minutes of golden point extra-time to determine the winner.

Denman centre Tyler Wolfgang scored to break the deadlock and go into local folklore no doubt.

The annual Group 21 awards took place in Muswellbrook last Wednesday night.

The highlight for Singleton being Solman, who was awarded the Player of Year in reserve grade.

Honours also headed the way of tyro first gradeback-rower Blake Andrews and Thomas Johnson.

BIG DAY AT THE OFFICE: Singleton Greyhounds reserve grade co-coach Michael Millgate holds aloft the trophy.

Andrews secured the Group 21 Rookie of the Year award after an outstanding season.

Johnson, the Greyhounds’ only representative player, topped the Player of the Year points for Singleton behind eventual winner Marcus Marsh from the Aberdeen Tigers.

Dylan Cornes (Greta-Branxton) won the under 18’s plaudit and Maddies Adams (Scone) the women’s league tag title.

Don’t forget the presentation night on Saturday, September 19.

Contact Katrina Solman or Bronwyn Dunstan for more information.


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