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#52 Lunch with a Legend - Sir Peter Cosgrove

 The Singleton Rugby Club is delighted to announce that Sir Peter John Cosgrove, AK, CVO, MC will be the guest speaker at the Clubs first 2020 Lunch with a Legend event on the Friday 13th March 2020 at the Club House.

Peter Cosgrove Lunch with a Legend

Sir Peter is a Military Cross Recipient, Chief of Army, Chief of the Defence Force, Commander of the International Force for East Timor and the 26th Governor-General of Australia and retired. Sir Peter is a keen follower of rugby union and has spoken at our #13 Luncheon event in March 2007 and the Club’s is honoured to have him return to our Club once again. You can reserve your ticket via contact with Cameron Williams on 0422 447 381 or

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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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