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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Playing Season, Player Training, Club Operations and Functions.

coronavirus imageAs we are all aware, we face uncertain and restrictive times with the Coronavirus today, this unfortunately includes Sports and Club functions. Singleton Rugby Club would firstly like to thank all its valued sponsors and patrons for their continued support of our great Club and game through these troubled times.

Following announcements from Governments and Rugby Authorities all games and training have been suspended until May 2020 at this time, and our Club house is now closed until further notice.

Our Club is working to ensure our playing groups both junior and senior are safe and there continued wellbeing is of the upmost importance to the SRC Board.

The Club have received replacement jerseys, shorts, socks etc for the new season and had planned a great day’s event on Anzac day this year with a special Singleton Rugby Club Anzac jersey that our first grade teams would use to support our Anzac’s against the Wanders at a home game, this event is now cancelled also, and our Club is now closed to all business and functions which will place a great strain on our small club as it will do with many of our great sponsors and patrons.

The Board of the Singleton Rugby Club is working to ensure our sponsors and patrons are kept up to date with any season and game information as quickly as possible.

Again, thank you for your support and stay safe.   

Shane Thompson


Singleton Rugby Club Ltd


Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that rugby fans will soon be able to cheer on their teams in style and comfort with the NSW Government announcing $900,000 to begin construction of a new modern grandstand and facilities at the Singleton Rugby Club.

Michael Johnse MP With representatives from Singleton Rugby Club

Mr Johnsen said the ageing Western Grandstand that was originally built in the 1970s now urgently needs to be replaced to ensure the safety of spectators and players.

“Our Singleton Rugby Club is a proud club that has produced two Wallabies and a Waratah and is also a cornerstone of the community, where thousands of fans cheer on match days and hundreds gather in the clubhouse after full-time,” Mr Johnsen said.

“A new Western Grandstand will significantly benefit the club, increasing the ground’s spectator capacity and crowd numbers, which will have positive flow on effects for local businesses.”
“Sport unites and inspires communities and the Nationals in Government wants towns right across regional NSW have top class facilities that encourage participation, particularly amongst young people, and perhaps even unearth a potential future Wallaby.”

Mr Johnsen continued, saying funding for Stage One of the Western Grandstand project will enable construction of the ground floor of the new grandstand as well as two female change rooms, toilets, a kiosk, a storeroom and a training and rehabilitation room. “Completing Stage One will provide sheltered seating for 430 spectators and enable the grandstand to be used on match days while other stages of work are being completed. Spectators will literally be sitting on rugby history, with the new grandstand seats being repurposed from the Sydney Football Stadium, where fans witnessed countless famous moments like George Gregan’s ‘that tackle’ on All Blacks winger Jeff Wilson.”

Singleton Rugby Club President Shane Thompson thanked the NSW Government for funding Stage One of the Western Grandstand project, which will benefit both the club and the community. “Our club has 230 senior members playing competition rugby, which attracts almost 5,000 fans and fills our club with more than 900 people on home match days,” Mr Thompson said.

“Around 12,000 fans travel to Singleton each season to compete or support visiting teams, which means more business for local retailers, restaurants and other services.”
Funding for the upgrade has been provided by the NSW Government’s Regional Communities Development Fund.

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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.

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