Surprise loss for Stags
IN a surprise exit from the competition, the Mary Valley stags were knocked out of the Sunshine Coast C-grade on Saturday, defeated by Beachmere 20-6.
The Stags, who looked unbeatable for most of the season, were caught off guard in Saturday afternoon's elimination semi-final.
The Beachmere Pelicans came into the game determined to cause an upset and left nothing behind in the first half, seizing an 18-0 lead.
Club member Jenny Carlson said the Mary Valley team was bewildered at half-time, slowly coming to terms with what had just happened.
Desperate to fight back and grasp some points, the Stags threw everything they had at Beachmere, but after their relentless attack, only came up with six points.
The Stags' Josh Ryan scored out wide with captain Troy Carlson converting to make it 18-6, but from there on, no matter how hard or fast the Stags ran at Beachmere, the opposition's defence was just too strong.
"The boys got over the line a couple of the times in the second half but they were held up," Carlson said.
"It goes to show how good Beachmere's defence was on the day and I'm sure they will be a big threat in the grand final."
To end the game, Beachmere slotted a penalty goal to leave the final score at 20-6.
From 15 straight wins to two consecutive losses when it mattered the most, the Stags were left dissatisfied with their final campaign.
The team will hold a presentation night on September 28, to wrap up the season, then start to put things in place for the 2014 season.