BOUNCING BACK: The Stags have recruited a good mix of senior and young gun players.
BOUNCING BACK: The Stags have recruited a good mix of senior and young gun players. LEEROY TODD

Why Stags are positive despite back-to-back losses

RUGBY LEAGUE: This year the Mary Valley Stags celebrate their 10th year in the Sunshine Coast competition and despite their two losses of the season, there are improvements.

Stags fell just a try short of getting victory in the season opener going down 28-22 to Palmwoods and round 2 lost 36-16 to the Kilcoy Yowies.

"In the first game it was very close. The game last week against Kilcoy, they are considered the benchmark,” Stags president Tom Curran said.

Rugby League - Mary Valley Stags vs Maroochydore - Jason Woods Stags
Rugby League - Mary Valley Stags vs Maroochydore - Jason Woods Stags LEEROY TODD

"They (Kilcoy) did a lot of recruiting over the off-season and we were within two-points but then it got away in the end.”

It was not the ideal start in their milestone year, Curran said he was pleased with side.

"It's quiet encouraging because the team is getting better every week.

"They are getting a bit of momentum,” he said.

Rugby League - Mary Valley Stags vs Maroochydore - Chad Parker Stags
Rugby League - Mary Valley Stags vs Maroochydore - Chad Parker Stags LEEROY TODD

"Because the season starts so early, we have to start our preparations early and with Christmas and holidays it makes things difficult.”

This season the Stags have recruited well with a good mix of senior and young gun players in the side.

"We are rebuilding the team this year and looking at where we are going in the next five years,” he said.

Rugby League - Mary Valley Stags vs Maroochydore - Tom Curran Stags
Rugby League - Mary Valley Stags vs Maroochydore - Tom Curran Stags LEEROY TODD

"Things are looking positive, we have more experienced guys with half-a-dozen who have not played a lot of footy and spent time coaching them.”

A few senior players have been added to the side who were apart of the original 2010 team.

"James Hogan is back on board and has been very instrumental in talking and helping the young guys on and off the field. He has been good for the culture of the team,” Curran said.

"Josh Ryan from the original 2010 side and Martyn Holliss have been away for a number of years and came back to help with the young guns and contribute on the footy field.

"They were instrumental in organising the inaugural team. It's good to have those guys back, a bit nostalgic in a way.”

Today the Stags head down to Yandina to take on the Raiders at 3.30pm.

Gympie Times


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