Singleton makes his mark in the Suburbs
NEW signing Steve Singleton had an immediate impact for Southern Suburbs yesterday when he helped guide the Gordonvale club to a 32-10 victory over the Edmonton Storm at Alley Park.The match was effectively over at half-time, with Suburbs going into the break holding a commanding 28-6 advantage.
The Storm had trouble completing their sets throughout the game, which meant they couldn't build any meaningful pressure with the ball.
Suburbs' handling was only marginally better, but they maintained possession long enough in the first half to extinguish the Storms' hopes of victory.
Singleton, a two-time Cairns District Rugby League Gold Medal winner, was the architect behind many of Suburbs' six tries.
The halfback looked like he had been conducting the Suburbs backline all of his career, such was the quality of his performance.
Suburbs coach Billy Beard said Singleton's presence helped ignite his team's attack.
"We've worked fairly hard in the off-season, particularly with our shape when we get good ball," he said.
"But the last couple of seasons we've missed having that type of leader and that's what Steve Singleton has brought to the club this year.
"He was outstanding for us today.
"He wants to be here and wants to play in a good football side.
"I told him at the start that hopefully we could bring that to him and hopefully we do."
Also impressing for Suburbs was Aidan Day.
The prop was a key figure in Suburbs' charge to the 2011 grand final and showed against the Storm he would be a valuable recruit after missing last season.
As well as two competition points, yesterday's victory earned Suburbs the Ryan Deemal Shield.
The trophy is contested between the clubs every season and is named after the deceased son of former Suburbs and Storm coach Harry Deemal.
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Going down: Suburbs Mick Kusu is up quickly in defence to tackle Edmonton's Chad Henley at Gordonvale. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS