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Grieving Roosters thank everyone for support after Greta bus tragedy

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A shattered Singleton Roosters AFL Club has thanked everyone, from individuals to groups, for their support as its members continue to deal with the Greta bus tragedy.

It’s been more than a week since the Hunter Valley was rocked by the news that 10 lives were lost following a fateful coach accident at Greta in the late hours of Sunday 11 June.

Sadly, Nadene and Kyah McBride, Andrew and Lynan Scott, Kane Symons, Rebecca Mullen, Darcy Bulman, Zach Bray, Tori Cowburn and Angus Craig died when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned at the roundabout on Wine Country Drive near the Hunter Expressway off ramp.

The home of the Singleton Roosters, Rose Point Park, on Monday morning. Photo: Rod Thompson

At least half of them had strong links to the Roosters, which competes in AFL Hunter Central Coast (AFLHCC).

Another 25 people were transported to hospitals in Maitland, Newcastle and Sydney, suffering a range of injuries.

The outpouring of emotion hit home even further at the weekend, with AFLHCC cancelling its senior round, while other local and national sporting bodies, including the Sydney Swans and Newcastle Knights, staged various heartfelt tributes to honour the victims.

Roosters president Dylan Hixon admitted they’d been devastated by the tragic bus accident.

“Our community has experienced unfathomable heartache, distress and sadness after a number of people closely connected to the club were on board and either injured or killed,” he said at Singleton’s home ground, Rose Point Park.

Singleton Roosters AFL Club president Dylan Hixon, supported by club members, Singleton mayor Sue Moore and Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell, at Rose Point Park. Photo: Rod Thompson

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families who’ve lost loved ones while our thoughts are with everyone close to each person involved, including those who have passed away or suffered injuries.

“Our first priority, and focus, is on supporting them and friends of those from our wider club community, who have been affected by this unspeakable tragedy.

“We thank every person and organisation who has offered support and condolences to our club and families affected, not only within our town and AFL community but for those also associated with the wedding party.

The Singleton community is understandably still reeling from the Greta bus tragedy. Photo: Rod Thompson

“We appreciate there is significant media and public interest in this tragedy and those involved… but we ask for the privacy of our community to be respected as we collectively grieve and assess this enormous loss.

“Our club has been formed out of great people and the relationship fostered within it.

“We’ll lean on each other through this incredible and difficult time with the memory of everyone who has been lost at the forefront of our thoughts.”

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