Pat’s lining up again

CLUB stalwart Pat Ling played his ninth grand final with the Singleton Greyhounds last Sunday and, chances are, it won’t be his last.
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The 43-year-old has admitted he isn’t hanging up the boots until he lines up alongside his son and the players he’s coached through the juniors.

“That’s my goal; I’m just hoping the body holds up until 2017 when they enter grade,” he laughs.

“I just got the idea that I wanted to run out with these guys on the field.”

The veteran front-rower, sporting a new shiner for his grand final efforts, was ecstatic after Singleton’s 30-14 win over the Scone Thoroughbreds on Sunday, which reversed last year’s defeat to the same opponents.

He saved his tryscoring best for this clash with his first “meat pie” of the season.

“No grand finals are easy,” he said.

“Scone is definitely the toughest side in this competition.

“I think most of the guys up there are working on the land and not sitting down all the time, they’re physically ready.”

Ling said the reserves in Singleton have enjoyed success because they’ve got a lot of depth to rely on, as well as a good mix of experience and youth.

“The old blokes are normally in the forwards, mostly because they can’t run, and the younger guys are out in the backs,” he laughs.

Ling’s career with Singleton started in 2002 and he’s played more than 100 games of first grade and was a part of the senior grand finals of 2005, 2006 and 2007.

He joined the “seconds” in 2008.

“While the reserves have had 11 years of grand final appearances, first grade has had a lot of success in that time as well,” he said.

Before Singleton, Ling played 126 games for his home town Narromine and also had four seasons with Lakes United in Newcastle.

All those years of league may not have happened if wasn’t for a couple of his mates convincing him to play for the small town of Nyngan when he was 16.

“I came into the game late, it was a small town and they convinced me to join, initially, to make up the numbers,” he told The Argus.

Looking to next season, Ling believes if 10 guys from under-18s enter grade they’ll be looking stronger overall.

“First grade was competitive on the field when they had their full side on the paddock,” he said.

“They’re a younger team and will only get better.”

WAR HORSE: Singleton Greyhounds club stalwart Pat Ling isn’t keen to hang up the boots just yet.

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