Mary Valley Stags' players Josh Ryan and Brett Warren pin down the opposition in last weekend’s match.
Mary Valley Stags' players Josh Ryan and Brett Warren pin down the opposition in last weekend’s match. Contributed

Stags make it a trifecta

MARY Valley Stags have struck form after their third consecutive win at the weekend, defeating Coolum for the first time since joining the competition four years ago.

Following a shaky start to the season, the Mary Valley team decimated Coolum 28-12 and now are looking promising on the season's ladder.

The injection of new and returning players has boosted the team's numbers, providing fresh legs and experience to the line-up, club member Jenny Carlson said.

"The boys are improving each and every game," she said.

"They are currently sitting fifth on the ladder and are consistently rising."

Taking an early lead in the weekend's fixture, the Stags looked dominant from the start with Coolum struggling to find points.

Heading into the half-time break 24-6, the game already seemed to be won for the mighty Stags.

Fending off the quick Coolum attack, the Stags defended strongly in the second half until the final whistle.

Carlson said ball handling was an issue for both teams because of the wet conditions.

"We had a downpour prior to the game so the field and ball were a bit slippery," she said.

Lance Fenton had a stellar performance including a speedy try after he bounced several players and outpaced them to score under the posts.

Players' player went to Travis Backhouse after his strong game in defence, holding off the constant bombardments of Coolum's attacks.

Try scorers were Lance Fenton 1, Ryan Osborn 1, Troy Carlson 2, Chad Parker 1 and with Carlson converting.

This Stags bank a week's rest ahead of a bye this weekend.

Carlson said the bye would give the team a chance to recover and recoup ahead of the important mid-season.

"The next few games are vital for the team to position well on the ladder ahead of the finals."

The Stags will be playing next weekend against northern side, Bundaberg.

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