Joshua Ryan crossed once for the Mary Valley Stags in last weekend’s match against Kilcoy in Yandina. Kilcoy won the game 50-12.
Joshua Ryan crossed once for the Mary Valley Stags in last weekend’s match against Kilcoy in Yandina. Kilcoy won the game 50-12. Submitted

Stags maintain fire after battles

THE Mary Valley Stags’ rugby league team continues to find its feet after a “gutsy” showing against Kilcoy last weekend.

Played away in Yandina, the Stags lost the match 50-12, but not without a fight.

Stags’ treasurer Jenny Carlson said the Mary Valley boys were entitled to be proud of the way they stood up to their well-drilled opponents.

Kilcoy joins Bribie Island at the top of the Sunshine Coast C Grade competition ladder – both teams undefeated for the season. Bribie Island overcame the Stags back in round three 22-6.

Scoring for the Stags against Kilcoy were Anthony Smerdon and Joshua Ryan. Converting both tries was Troy Carlson.

Meanwhile, Brad Carlson enjoyed a solid game to receive players’ player of the match.

“We anticipate our upcoming games to be more competitive,” Jenny said of the team’s outlook.

Tomorrow, the Stags line up Beachmere in Cooran.

Once again, a supporters’ bus will be departing for the game from the Imbil Railway Hotel at midday.

Jenny said a notification board at the Railway Hotel advised supporters of the departure times each week.

“Players travel free, and we ask supporters to help out by paying $10 for their trip,” she said.

So far this season, the Stags have played four matches and won one against Palmwoods, thrashing the side 24-0.

A narrow, single point loss to Yandina in the opening round haunted the Mary Valley team, while the last two rounds have seen the lads struggle against heavyweights Bribie Island and Kilcoy. Stay tuned for more on the first Valley team to play in the Sunshine Coast competition in more than 50 years.

Gympie Times


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