The Mary Valley Stags are full of confidence after disposing of Palmwoods 62-6 at home last weekend. The side backs up the win today against competition leaders Bribie Island away.
The Mary Valley Stags are full of confidence after disposing of Palmwoods 62-6 at home last weekend. The side backs up the win today against competition leaders Bribie Island away. Contributed

Stags take on Bribie Island

BRIBIE Island needs to perform well to topple the Mary Valley Stags rugby league outfit this afternoon.

The Stags run onto the field away today brimming with confidence after blitzing Palmwoods at home last weekend.

Palmwoods players were shattered trying to pinpoint what went wrong as the Stags ran circles around them in a 62-6 thrashing.

Posting six points on the board afforded Palmwoods some modesty in the heavily one-sided score line.

Valley Stags spokesperson Jenny Carlson was riding the wave of emotion to engulf the side after the rousing victory.

“The boys co-ordinated their game, combining great ball skills, talk among players and moving the ball through the back line well,” she said.

Scoring for Mary Valley in the lopsided encounter were: Anthony Smerdon (2), Ashley Grant (2), Brenden Hunter (1), Bradley Carlson (1), Josh Ryan (1), Joshua Heck (1), Dale Carlson (1), Matthew Zillman (1) and Herbie Henderson (2). Troy Carlson converted seven tries.

Meanwhile, players’ player of the match went to Ashley Grant.

Carlson said Grant was a deserving recipient of the honour.

“Ashley Grant received the award for his improved play at running through tackles and scoring two tries,” she said.

Helping the Stags sharpen their attack ahead of this afternoon’s big away game was a training session with James Ward, CEO of the Sunshine Coast/Gympie Rugby League.

“With a combination of this (training session) and a comprehensive win, they’ll be confident,” Jenny said.

A snapshot of the competition has Bribie Island leading the race for the C Grade Red Rooster Cup, closely followed by Kilcoy and Coolum.

The Stags are in ninth position but close enough to creep up higher should results fall their way.

Mary Valley plays Bribie Island away today at 5.30pm and a bus for players and supporters leaves Imbil’s Railway Hotel at 2pm.

Results next week.

Gympie Times


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