Valley Stags’ Matt Zillman runs the ball forward with strong support. The side has made the top eight and has qualified for the finals in its inaugural year.
Valley Stags’ Matt Zillman runs the ball forward with strong support. The side has made the top eight and has qualified for the finals in its inaugural year. Contributed

Stags sneak into top eight

AN outstanding victory over Maroochydore last weekend coupled with a dose of good fortune has seen the Mary Valley Stags sneak into the top eight and qualify for the finals of the Sunshine Coast C Grade Red Rooster Cup.

The Stags rolled Maroochydore 22-14 last weekend and cemented their place in the finals when Beachmere went down to Kilcoy in the dying minutes of the game.

Stags spokesperson Jenny Carlson was thrilled the club, in its first year, had reached the final play-offs by securing eighth spot on the ladder.

Against Maroochydore, Carlson said the game was “well contested” but solid defence and hard hitting from the Mary Valley’s boys proved a decisive difference.

“There was plenty of enthusiasm from both sides and both teams congratulated each other on a great game played in true spirit.”

Scoring for the Mary Valley outfit were Dale Carlson (1), Jason Woods (1), Mathew Zillman (2) and Josh Ryan (1). A single goal went to Jason Woods.

The Stags kick off their campaign for the premiership away today against Coolum and Jenny was expecting a gruelling encounter.

“Coolum has number one position on the ladder but it’s important to bear in mind when we last played them only won by one controversial try,” she said.

“The Stags have absolutely nothing to lose.”

It’s with this attitude the Stags hit up Coolum today, hoping for a major upset.

Today’s match kicks off at 3.40pm and a bus for players and supporters will leave the Imbil Railway Hotel at 1.15pm.

Gympie Times


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