GOOD SHOWING: Troy and Brad Carlson enjoyed the side’s first home game last weekend despite posting a loss to Bribie Island. It was the first time a Mary Valley side had played at home in almost 60 years.
GOOD SHOWING: Troy and Brad Carlson enjoyed the side’s first home game last weekend despite posting a loss to Bribie Island. It was the first time a Mary Valley side had played at home in almost 60 years. Submitted

Rugby league returns to the valley

PLENTY of heart was not enough to carry the Mary Valley Stags to victory during the Mary Valley’s first home game of rugby league in almost 60 years.

Playing on the Mary Valley College oval in front of a robust home crowd, the Stags went down swinging 22-6 to the Bribie Island Warrigals.

Both teams braved wet and slippery conditions as ball security became a major issue for all players.

Home team support lined the oval, decked out in all-weather gear proving no matter how bleak the weather was, support was rock solid for the Stags.

Valley Stags spokeswoman Jenny Carlson said the game was an important moment.

“A large crowd faced the elements to come and watch the first game in town after approximately 60 years and were very excited to see our boys play on their home game,” she said.

The home game also doubled as a celebration of league in the Mary Valley as past players from the area attended the game to lend support.

“The past players enjoyed catching up with each other to talk over passed games,” Carlson said.

The Stags next play tomorrow afternoon away against Kilcoy at 1.30pm in Yandina.

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