Stags hope for shot at finals
THE Mary Valley Stags rugby league team has hopes of sneaking inside the top eight to make the finals but won’t have complete control over its fate.
Taking on Maroochydore away tomorrow afternoon, a win for the team’s final round of the season will only be part of the puzzle.
The side will also be relying on the outcome of the Beachmere and Kilcoy game to determine if they will be a fixture of the finals in their maiden season in the Sunshine Coast C Grade competition.
In order to perform well tomorrow, the Stags must shelve the disappointment of a difficult loss against the Yandina Raiders last weekend.
The Mary Valley team was defeated 28-40 despite the scores being deadlocked at half-time.
Stags spokesperson Jenny Carlson said Yandina proved to be the superior team in the second half when the pressure mounted.
“Yandina proved to be the more skilled team in the second half with their quick play of the ball and good move through the backline,” she said.
“We were kept on the backfoot (throughout the second half).”
Despite the defeat, the Stags can take heart from a solid first half.
Scoring for Mary Valley against Yandina were Brendan Hunter (1), Marty Hollis (2), Josh Ryan (1) and Herbie Henderson (1).
Meanwhile, Jason Woods and Mick Evans converted two goals each.
Tomorrow’s game against Maroochydore is at 3.15pm. A bus for players and supporters will leave the Imbil Railway Hotel at 12.30pm.
Last time both sides met, the Stags enjoyed a victory.