Mary Valley Stags’ Jason Woods crossed twice against Beachmere at the weekend. Despite leading for the majority of the game, a late field goal scuttled the Stags’ hopes of a win in the game played in Cooran.
Mary Valley Stags’ Jason Woods crossed twice against Beachmere at the weekend. Despite leading for the majority of the game, a late field goal scuttled the Stags’ hopes of a win in the game played in Cooran. Contributed

Stags suck up loss

A FIELD goal haunted the Mary Valley Stags rugby league team last weekend during their single point loss to Beachmere.

Playing away on neutral ground in Cooran, the Stags went down 27-26, despite leading for more than half of the game.

Beachmere stole the win from the Stags in the dying minutes with a daring field goal.

Mary Valley Stags Rugby League Club treasurer Jenny Carlson said the side played well but couldn't steady to clinch the win.

“After a hard fought match against Beachmere, leaving many of the opposition bruised, battered and weary, the boys still could not pull their attack together for a win,” she said.

The Stags assumed a lead early on and had reason to feel confident following tries from Brendan Hunter (1), Tim Engle (1), Matt Zillman (1) and Jason Woods (2).

Keeping the scoreboard ticking over was Troy Carlson with three conversions.

But Beachmere showed its fighting spirit, refusing to give in despite trailing for so long in the game, nudging ahead after staging a spirited comeback with a brilliant field goal.

As the side erupted in celebrations, the Stags were left to rue the missed opportunity.

Not a team easily defeated, the Mary Valley boys have returned to the training paddock this week and are pumped ahead of clashing with Caboolture.

The Stags will hit the road for the encounter and once again a team bus will be leaving the Railway Hotel in Imbil via Kenilworth at 9am.

Supporters are encouraged to provide a pocket of home town support at the game. Cost is $10 for a seat.

Looking ahead, the Stags will return to their home turf the week following against Caloundra.

Gympie Times


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