Mary Valley Stag Ryan Gill leaves a Pomona-Cooran defender behind in the Stags’ pre-season bout.
Mary Valley Stag Ryan Gill leaves a Pomona-Cooran defender behind in the Stags’ pre-season bout. Contributed

Stags roaring to play

THE Mary Valley Stags are looking forward to a "roaring start" to the season when they take on Beachmere at Palmwoods on Saturday.

The club's Jenny Carlson said Beachmere would be tough opponents as they can never be taken for granted.

"They always put up a good game so it should be a very entertaining match to watch," she said.

But after a positive pre-season the Stags are feeling equally positive about their prospects in the Sunshine Coast Gympie - Red Rooster C Grade Cup Competition.

"This year we have quite a few of our regular players back with a splash of new players so we are looking forward to another positive year as we work towards another grand final berth, Carlson said.

"I hope they can get off to a roaring start."

This year's competition is shaping up as a tough and exciting one, with new teams joining the draw.

In total nine teams will contest the competition this year, with the inclusion of tough opponents Beerwah in the Red Rooster comp due to lack of numbers to field an A, Reserve and U18 team.

Last weekend the Stags played a trial match against Pomona/Cooran and came out second best by only two points.

Carlson said despite the loss the team had fronted up, with all the boys playing well in the heat little scope for a breather because reserve numbers were thin on the bench.

"We were only able to field a team with minimal reserves while Pomona-Cooran had an overflowing bench," she said.

The Stags first home game this year will be played at Kandanga's Jack Spicer Oval on April 27 and all supporters will be welcomed.

Carlson said she hoped to see plenty of familiar faces supporting their local team on the day.

The club's oval has recently been levelled, resurfaced and sprig-planted by Gympie Regional Council with the aid of a funding grant.

With the oval looking first class, all players are very keen to test out their new home ground.

A lot of work has gone into the oval in the past 12 months with many people putting in a huge effort with flood recovery earlier this year.

The Stags Club wants to thank everyone who helped with the recovery and sacrificed their days helping out the club.

This weekend's game against against Beachmere is at 1.30pm.

For more information call Jenny Carlson on 5484 5133.

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