Jerry McCallum takes the ball up for the Stags into the Coolum defence.
Jerry McCallum takes the ball up for the Stags into the Coolum defence. Contributed

Stags hit snag

A DREAM run of wins for the Mary Valley Stags has come to an end with a loss to Coolum Colts on the weekend.

The Mary Valley side was unbeaten in the Red Rooster Cup C grade competition winning nine games on the trot.

Mary Valley Stags spokeswoman Jenny Carlson said the Stags players were disappointed with their first loss of the season, 44-26 to Coolum.

She said an in-form and experienced Colts team put the sword to the Stags in the first half of the game.

Coolum went on a try-scoring rampage in the first half and restricted the Stags’ attack to just one try.

However the Stags came home with a wet sail adding 22 more points to their total in the second half to avoid an embarrassing defeat.

“This was a disappointing loss for the boys,” Carlson said.

“They have been riding high all season.”

“We had a troubled first half with Coolum finding holes in our defence and easily breaking through our line.”

“A couple of errors were pounced on by the older, experienced Coolum players for tries.”

She said the Stags would be in for a tough second half of the season.

“There are a number of teams having strong games that will be contenders for a final berth,” Carlson said.

“The team can now put that experience behind them and concentrate on their games leading up to the finals.”

Try scorers for the Stags were Josh Heck with two, Stewart Walters, Jason Woods and Jerry McCallum with one each.

Jason Woods kicked two goals and James Cochrane also kicked a goal.

Carlson said the players’ player award went to James Cochrane and Jerry McCallum jointly.

The Mary Valley Stags team is now preparing for its next six games.

Four of those will be home games. The next game will be at the Imbil Showgrounds against Pomona-Cooran.

Carlson said the game should be an exciting one because Pomona–Cooran has improved since their last encounter.

The game kicks off this Saturday at 3pm. Caboolture will play Caloundra at 1.30pm.

Gympie Times


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