Mary Valley Stags half-back Troy Carlson with his Player of the Carnival trophy following the Nines carnival in Maroochydore at the weekend. Carlson led his team with distinction at the competition, helping the newly unveiled side earn respect along the way.
Mary Valley Stags half-back Troy Carlson with his Player of the Carnival trophy following the Nines carnival in Maroochydore at the weekend. Carlson led his team with distinction at the competition, helping the newly unveiled side earn respect along the way. Contributed

Valley Stags on Sunshine Coast

TROY Carlson, a dynamic half-back for the newly unveiled Mary Valley Stags rugby league team, has helped the side announce its presence to the Sunshine Coast.

Carlson, 21, played some of his best footy in Maroochydore at the weekend during the Nines carnival for the Mary Valley Stags in C Grade.

Carlson was so impressive he was named Player of the Carnival.

Proud mum and secretary of the Mary Valley Stags, Jenny Carlson, said her son received the award after his form attracted the eye of Carnival officials.

“He played really well and I’m very proud of what he achieved and the team as a whole,” she said.

The Mary Valley Stags won two of their three games on Saturday, gaining plenty of confidence.

On Sunday, as the race towards the final started to heat up, the Mary Valley outfit won its first game against Coolum to advance but they just missed out on a finals berth after succumbing to Bribie Island 3-1.

Jenny said the team had a real shot at making the final, but fell victim to a number of simple mistakes on the field.

“We made a few silly errors that ultimately cost us, but the boys know where they went wrong and it’s a great learning experience,” she said.

Having put in such a solid performance, Jenny says the Mary Valley Stags has gained the respect from Sunshine Coast teams.

“It was definitely a chance for us to showcase our talent and what we are about,” she said.

Meanwhile, the club has developed a close relationship with the Pomona team as a consequence of the carnival.

Flanking the sidelines during matches, the Pomona boys cheered on the Mary Valley Stags in a great show of support and solidarity.

“We are a new club and to have that respect means a lot to us,” Jenny said.

Troy’s achievement at the weekend typifies what the Mary Valley Stags is all about – hard work, mateship and always putting in 100 per cent.

Jenny said the club was lucky to have a group of players full of enthusiasm.

“They grew up together and are very supportive of each other,” she said.

Troy was practically born with a footy in his hands, drop-kicking and catching balls when he was a little over two years old.

Such is his love for the game, he has chosen to ignore doctor’s advice about not playing following an operation to repair cartlidge damage to his knee.

The young star straps his knee and uses a guard to shield it as best he can, but accepts the risks in order to play the game he is dedicated to.

The Mary Valley Stags are poised for a top year.

It was definitely a chance for us to showcase our talent and what we are about.

Gympie Times


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