Brendan Hunter attacks the Sharks line at full stride and makes a breakthrough.
Brendan Hunter attacks the Sharks line at full stride and makes a breakthrough. Contributed

Stags a close second on ladder

LOSING only one game so far this year, the Mary Valley Stags seem set to make it to this year’s finals berth especially after the weekend’s win against Caloundra.

Publicity officer Jenny Carlson said the team struggled to last year’s final coming eighth, while this year they were second on the ladder.

The Stags are second only to Yandina in the Sunshine Coast-Gympie Rugby League Red Rooster C-grade competition, but both teams have won the same amount of games.

Mrs Carlson said the only reason Yandina were ahead was found in the points for and against.

“And Beachmere are only one game away from us,” she said.

New coach Chad Parker and some new players have helped the team surge forward this year.

The Stags defeated the Caloundra Sharks on Sunday 34 to 6.

“Caloundra scored their first and only try within the first minutes of the game, waking the Stags up and putting them into action, which didn’t stop ’til the final siren sounded.

“Stuart Walters had a great game scoring two tries and coming away with the player’s player award.

“Other tries went to Brendan Hunter 1, Ashley Grant 1, Jason Johnston 1, Brad Pfeffer 1 and Luke Williams 1 with Josh Heck kicking 3 goals.”

Next week the Stags will have a home game at Kenilworth against fourth ranked Caboolture.

Last time the Stags met Caboolture at Cooran they won 22-16.

“I expect we should be able to pull it together and have a win, but we certainly can’t take it for granted.”

This week three players will return to add some more depth.

Troy Carlson comes back after a knee injury while Brad Carlson and James Cochrane return from work.

Mrs Carlson said their experience should help the side play better under pressure and with minor errors.

“The boys will need their wits about them and not let Caboolture get on top of them, as they have been playing well and coming away with a substantial amount of wins.”

The game will kick off at 2pm at the Kenilworth showgrounds.

“We expect a large local crowd to come and continue their support of the Stags.”

Gympie Times


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