THE Gympie Devils rugby league side is no longer the region’s sole representatives in the Sunshine Coast competition.
Stepping out for the first time is the Mary Valley Stags – a newly formed team consisting of players hoping to leave their mark.
The team will play in the C Grade of the Sunshine Coast competition and hopes for a top start to the competition after playing a series of round robin trial games at Jack Stokes Oval last weekend.
Taking on the Pomona Cutters and a composite Gympie Devils team of Reserve grade and Under 18 players, the Stags took their first steps as a unified team.
While the Mary Valley outfit lost both games by a slim margin, it was a positive experience as players bonded on the field.
Helping to guide the Stags into unchartered waters is Mary Valley’s Glenn Carlson.
Carlson was not able to be contacted yesterday but Neville Knox, also involved in formation of the team, said early indications were promising for the Stags.
“It’s great to have Mary Valley back on the map and playing again,” he said.
Knox, meanwhile, has embarked on a project to document the history of the great game of league in the Mary Valley.
“I want to compile the history to preserve it before it is lost,” he said.
Ultimately, Knox wants to gather the foundations and have someone professionally piece the history together in a display for the community to enjoy.
Anyone with information to help Neville Knox can contact him on 5484 5521.