The Mary Valley Stags rugby league side launches an attacking raid on Coolum at home last weekend. The Stags play the Pomona-Cutters today.
The Mary Valley Stags rugby league side launches an attacking raid on Coolum at home last weekend. The Stags play the Pomona-Cutters today. Contributed

Narrow defeat fires up Stags

ANY doubt surrounding the Mary Valley Stags rugby league team’s ability to be a force in the Sunshine Coast Competition was dismissed last weekend with a brave performance against third-placed Coolum.

Playing at home, the Stags lost 28-22 – a single contentious try in the last five minutes to Coolum the difference.

The Stags led for the majority of the game and a boisterous home crowd offered plenty of support from the sidelines.

Stags spokesperson Jenny Carlson praised the team for its efforts.

“The boys had a strong game against the team who is third on the ladder,” she said.

“The home crowd was full of enthusiasm and let the boys know on the field who they were supporting.”

Scoring for Mary Valley was Brendan Hunter (2), Joshua Ryan (1), Matthew Zillman (1) and Herbie Henderson (1).

Three conversions went to Troy Carlson.

Players’ player, meanwhile, was awarded to Josh Heck who was sturdy in defence and showcased his ball skills.

The Stags back up from the narrow defeat today against the Pomona-Cooran Cutters away at 3.30pm.

A supporters’ bus will not be travelling to the game this weekend with fans asked to make their own arrangements.

“We expect another tough game against the Cutters,” Jenny said.

Both teams share a friendship off the field but come kick off today, all focus will be on victory and securing premiership points.

Gympie Times


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