Stags win first game at Imbil
AN ESTIMATED 500 people turned up to watch the Mary Valley Stags’ historic match against the Yandina Raiders at the Imbil showgrounds on Saturday.
The Stags defeated the Raiders 22-18 in a hard fought win, in the first match of senior rugby league played at the Imbil showgrounds in more than 50 years.
The Stags have now won eight on the trot and sit alone on top of the Sunshine Coast/Gympie Red Rooster C Grade table.
Club spokeswoman Jenny Carlson said it was a great game of football.
“It was an exciting, down to the wire game played on the Imbil showground.”
She said the Stags were narrow leaders at half-time, but as the game neared completion the scores were locked at 18 all.
The Stags scored to take a four-point-lead but then dropped the ball from the Yandina kick-off.
“The Raiders had the kick-off, then we lost possession of the ball on their line, with two minutes to play,” Carlson said.
“It made for a heart-stopping finish.
“Luckily, after a couple of tackles the Stags regained the ball and took out the game.”
She said the showgrounds came alive with the enthusiastic spectators cheering on the home team.
“It was a real coming together for the community.
“The canteen and bar were kept busy, supplying refreshments throughout the afternoon.
“We could not have hoped for a more perfect outcome for the day, we had the excitement of the game, perfect weather and a win to top it off,” she said.
Carlson said the player’s player went to Jason Johnsson.
Imbil try scorers were Brad Carlson 1, Cameron Grey 1, Jason Woods 1, and Jason Johnsson 1.
Troy Carlson kicked three goals.