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Club News Blog !

Welcome to the Singleton Rugby Club's NEWS Blog! With the launch of our new web site, the club will be keeping our beloved rugby community up to date with all the latest news and what's been happening at the Club. Whether it be Luncheon with a Legend, Charity Events, Rep Honors... the news will be here. Also, to keep up to date with what's happening at the Rugby Club.. 'likes' us on FACEBOOK.. and there we'll also be keeping you up to date with what's happening at the Club!

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Doug Thrift Testimonial

On Saturday December 1st, Singleton lost one of it's finest all round athletes with the passing of Doug Thrift. Although Doug's main claim to fame was as a player for the Singleton Rugby Club, he was also a 1st Grade premiership winner with the Greyhounds. Add to this his feats as a representative cricketer and you can get some idea of his talents as a sportsman.

Doug ThriftDouglas Charles Thrift was born on June 13,1947 .When he first came to the Singleton Rugby Club in 1967 he had never played the game before. The inaugural Hunter Valley rugby competition began that year and he played fullback in the Bull's very first competition game, and 8-3 win over Muswellbrook. Doug scored a try and conversion in this game, the first of many for the club. Over a career that extended from 1967 to 1981, he played in 117 first grade games, scored over 1300 points and featured in 5 premiership victories. 

Doug ThriftSuch was the speed with which Doug adapted to rugby, he was selected in the NSW Country 2nds team to play Sydney in 1968. The following two seasons were spent with Eastern Suburbs in Sydney where he continued to churn out points at a record breaking rate.

On his return to Singleton he was to star in the Bulls first two premiership successes. In the 1972 Grand Final he scored 14 points in an 18-3 win over Army. A 12-9 defeat of Murrurundi followed in 1973. The game was played in mud and pouring rain and the Bulls had to overcome a 20-6 penalty count.Doug landed four penalty goals from four attempts including one from inside his own half. The opposition kicker could only manage two from eight attempts, testimony to the atrocious conditions.

Mere statistics aren't adequate when talking about Doug. He was an elegant runner and moved around the park with an easy grace.He must have ignored his team mate Max Young at some stage and not passed him the ball so Max gave him the nickname of "Superglue". Like all good superglue, the moniker stuck.

Doug was the second player to achieve 100 first grade games for the Bulls. The first to this mark Brian Coe - remembers,

Doug was an outstanding athlete, not just a goal kicker. He scored a hell of a lot of tries. He was also versatile. He was comfortable in either centre positions as well as wing or fullback. Without doubt he was our star player in the formative years of the club.

His centre partner over many years, Jonathan Gresham says,

"Besides his phenomenal kicking, he just loved to run the ball and was very damaging when he did it."

He claims that,

Jack Philpott and himself suffered most from Doug's Superglue tendencies as they played outside him. After the game or training he was great company and we had a lot of fun together. I'm sure a lot of people at the Rugby Club will be very sad at his passing.

Doug Thrift receiving Best and Fairest Award in 1967

1974 saw Doug pass over to the dark side and play rugby league with the Singleton Greyhounds under the coaching of Pat Kelly. Success was to be immediate as they claimed the Group 21 premiership with a thrilling 22-18 victory over Scone. Once again Doug's trusty right boot was a major contributor.

His half back in that side was Steve Valentine, coincidentally father of future Wallaby and Singleton Rugby Life Member, Josh. He recalls Doug fitting seamlessly into the Greyhounds side.

Doug was a fine all round player. As a goal kicker he was without peer. His timing was superb and pressure didn't have an effect on him .

After realising the error of his ways Doug returned to the Bulls, claiming premierships in 1977, 78 and 79. He played his last game in the red jumper in 1981.

It wasn't only the two rugby codes at which Doug excelled. He was an accomplished cricketer having played representative cricket at a number of levels. He was a John Bull Shield player, Hunter Valley Colts as well as touring overseas with the Northern NSW Emu Colts.

Singleton District Cricket Association Life Member Michael Akrill remembers a stylish and elegant batsman. "As with everything Dougie tried his hand at ,he was a natural. Nothing seemed to require effort and he was so easy to watch."

Statistics can say a lot about someone, especially when they apply to someone like Doug. His teammates though, knew there was a lot more to Doug than his trusty right boot. In 2016 he was named at outside centre in the Singleton Rugby Club Best XV during the club's 50th anniversary celebrations. He was the only member of the original club team to achieve this honour.

  • He received the Clubs first Best & Fairest Award in 1967.
  • He was the clubs Highest Point Scorer for nine seasons.
  • He was a prolific goal kicker scoring over 1,380 points for the club during his career.
  • He was no slouch at scoring tries with over 80 to his credit.
  • He played a total of 125 games for the club.

Doug was a popular figure in his days at the club. Always good company and up for a beer and a laugh. Rarely has the town seen such a natural sporting talent.

The Singleton Rugby Club would like to extend their condolences to Doug's family and friends.While we mourn his passing we are grateful and honoured that we can count Doug as one of our own.

Vale Doug Thrift.

Doug Thrift receiving Cap from Brain Coe.

Ground Seating Stand Refurbishment

Grand Stand refurbishment - Please Donate !

Donate now !The Singleton Rugby Club has formed a partnership with the Australian Sport Foundation in their F4S Program to raise much needed funds to allow the club to complete a refurbishment of the two seating stands at our ground this will involve removal and replacement of old seating, stand repairs and improve stand access with a cost of approximately $35,500.

The Australian Sports Foundation facilitates individuals and companies to make Tax Deductable Donations to sporting organisations and assists with their fund raising efforts for many sporting clubs within Australia.

Donations $2 and over are tax deductable so the club and you or your company will benefit from generous donations.

How it works
•    Log onto the Australian Sport Foundation website. (
•    When the home page comes up - Select Donate to a Sport.
•    On the find a project section - Select a sport (e.g. Rugby Union) - Select a State (e.g. NSW) then select search.
•    Find the Singleton Rugby Club Project. (the club’s logo will be visible)
•    You can review the details - and Select Donate.
•    The clubs logo and project will appear at the top of the page to ensure you have the correct project.
•    Complete the personal or organisation information - then select next
•    The payment page will appear.
•    Select the amount of your donation.
•    Complete detail for payment methods, you can use credit card or direct debit.
•    Select donate/complete.
•    You can also leave a support message to the club.
•    You will receive a confirmation email soon after, this confirms your donation.
•    An official Tax Receipt will be produced & emailed to you when the transaction is complete. (note this may take a day)
•    The amount will appear on your bank/credit card statement as The Australian Sport Foundation

This project is run in partnership with the Australian Sports Foundation (Foundation) so our donors can receive tax deductions for their donations. The Foundation (ABN 27 008 613 858) was established by the Australian Government to raise funds through public and corporate donations for the development of sport in Australia. The Foundation’s listing in the Income Tax Assessment Act (1997) (Subdivision 30-B, s30-90) means donations to our project of $2 or more are tax deductible.

JOIN US ! - Singleton Rugby 'Oldboys' - "SOBS"

Welcome Oldboy,

As you may have heard we have started a new support team for our fantastic Club the Singleton Rugby 'Oldboys' or so we have been called the "SOBS". On the back of our return to Premier Rugby in the Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Championship,we thought what better excuse do we have to catch up some of our life long mates and fellow members then joining this new team. Our bodies may not be as nimble as they once were but supporting our great club is something we can do as a former player and supporter.

We currently have 33 members and counting in just 2 short weeks an are hoping of your and others support to increase these number dramatically in the coming weeks.

The SOBS members will have a key role in the support of the playing group and also the facility that we know is second to none in the NSW Country region if not Australia. We are hoping to both support with our presence at Games both Home and Away,The Club and also financially with an annual grant from the OldBoys to the Playing group. We will all meet as the SOBS to consult with the Players Committee to decide where the funds raised by your membership and other fundraising activities through the season will be spent, a great way for us to give back to the club that gave us all so many great memories.

There are a few Membership options of which you are all invited to register for and they are as follows;

  • Option 1 - ($30) : Season Pass: Entry to all Home games at Rugby Park Singleton and Oldboys Membership and dedicated Verandah area upstairs.

  • Option 2 - ($80) : Season Pass: Entry to all Home games at Rugby Park Singleton and Oldboys Membership+Dress Shirt or Canterbury Polo with Logo and dedicated Verandah area upstairs.

  • Option 3 - ($100) : Season Pass:   Entry to all Home games at Rugby Park Singleton and Oldboys Membership+Dress Shirt or Canterbury Polo with Logo and Cap with Logo and dedicated Verandah area upstairs.

  • Option 4 - ($200) : Ultimate Supporter Pack - Season Pass: Entry to all Home games at Rugby Park Singleton and Oldboys Membership + Dress Shirt or Canterbury Polo with Logo and a Club Cap. Also, Happy hour drinks during every 1st Grade game through out the season and dedicated Verandah area upstairs.  (2x Payment Options available for this option). Choose from one of the following payment options :
    a)    Single lump-sum payment of $200 (which includes a $60 discount off the price – This is for the 2015 calendar year only !)
    b)    Or $5 per week – Which Requires you to set up direct debit from your bank to the SOBS bank account. (52 weeks x $5 = $260 )

(This account is managed by 1 SRC Board Director,SRC President and Sobs Director)
This is not only for Ex players, it is also for former Managers, Strappers, Zambucks, Trainers, Coaches and Supporters. (We have already signed Gary(Bucko)Buckton, so as you see we do not discriminate.)

If you decide to join or if you already have there will be weekly updates of the games coming up home or away through text messages and email. Also communication by email of the Bulls Bulletin each month and the Weekly NHRU program. Also any relevant information happening at Rugby Park and information of what is going on within the SOBS team.
As you will see, there is many more that have pulled on the Bulls Jersey or Cheered from the sideline since Fats Halter first handed them out all those years ago, so if you can forward any extra names, it would be much appreciated.
Please click on the link below to download a SOBS Membership Form for those I have not yet approached or signed, fill it out and email it back with all the relevant details if you would like to join us.
We only have so many phone numbers and emails if you can reply to my email (see below) with your phone number, so I can update our database for the ease of communication, and do not forgot to spread the word. If there are any issues or enquiries what so ever, please do not hesitate to call.
Thanks, Yours in Rugby,

Anthony Partridge
Singleton Rugby Union 'Oldboys'
Director of "SOBS"
Anthony Partridge

Mob: 0412 645 483
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to Download a SOBS - Membership Application Form

Partnership with the National Australia Bank

Are you looking at taking out a loan? The Club is pleased to announce a special partnership with the National Australia Bank! Help support your Club by mentioning us when enquiring and/or taking out your loan with the NAB and with each referral see the Club benefit.

With each referral, the NAB will forward a percentage straight back to your Club! This special program is a great way of giving back to the Club to help improve the facilities and equipment available to players and members.

Nick Grenier AC Luncheon

We hope everyone enjoyed the Lunch with a Legend last Friday, it was great to have the Honourable Nick Greiner AC as our special guest speaker for the day. A big thank you to our Lunch Corporate Sponsors Emeco, Robson Civil Projects, Coalface, Ballabourneen and AGL and thanks to our wine suppliers Ballabourneen and AGL.

Read more: Nick Grenier AC Luncheon

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Become a BULL TODAY! Download your Club Membership Form here!

Club membership is vital in helping our club to grow and be a success into the future.
The Club offers 3 different memberships, available to you.

  1. Completing the Membership Form
  2. Make payment via direct debit (please attach your payment receipt to the membership form), or cash, cheque or EFT at the Club
  3. Submit your form via email, post or drop it into the Club
  4. Collect your card from the Club and enjoy the benefits of your Singleton Rugby Club membership!

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50th year anniversary merchandise !

We’re excited to offer a range of supporter and player gear that are perfect for game day and special function wear. The club only has a limited stocks of 50th year merchandise still available at reduced rates, so to place your order, contact the Club on 6572 2085 or make your order with our friendly staff at the Club.

50th year anniversary merchandise !Please note that the images displayed on our website are a guide only and it is best to take a look at the stock at the Club before placing your order.