VALLEYS A GRADE. With a new season comes new hopes, faces and excitement. The Toowoomba Valleys A grade side this weekend was bolstered with late inclusions of the Sargent twins due to injuries to Oliver Scott and Jock Waters. With this in mind, we as a team were very excited to put good pressure on our first round opponents in Brothers and put a mixed preseason to good use. Our plans to start on a high were put on hold for a week with a well drilled Brothers team putting on a polished performance and out playing our boys. It wasn’t too hard of an assignment at times as we handed them possession and good field position numerous times. Brothers took good advantage of the 70% of the ball for the game. Our squad tackled themselves to a standstill with the tackle counts showing how lop sided the possession was, Valleys 270 to Brothers 120. With these numbers it was very difficult to compete. Compounded was the injury toll Darren Scherwin’s ribs, Nathan Short’s shoulder and Luke Ash’s foot all not being able to return to the field. Even though the result wasn’t what we hoped for, we have a good young bunch of blokes with the club spirit high. The fight in us will grow week to week as we continue to build to our full strength side. I am personally looking forward to seeing a good performance Sunday against a handy Pittsworth team.
Come along and support all grades this Sunday at Herb Steinohrt Oval from 10.10am.
VALLEYS RESERVE GRADE. A great come from behind victory for our boys last Saturday night against a Brothers side that came out of the blocks guns blazing. We found ourselves down 14 nil after ten minutes, but to our credit we dug ourselves out of a hole and showed glimpses of classy footy coming away with a decisive victory. A lot of guys put their hand up for best on ground but Matt Schulze won the prize. A very solid performance. The final score 32 – 20 to us.
VALLEYS UNDER 18 GRADE. The junior Roosters got their season off to a good start with a 34-24 win over Brothers on Saturday. On a warm afternoon we got off to a strong start before letting Brothers back into the game right before halftime. Once again we started the half well but failed to shut the game out, leaking late tries. Brothers are certainly a quality side and no doubt will be a top side once again. Overall though it was a good first up performance, something we can build on for the remainder of the season. Our forwards really led a strong platform for the game with lock Pat Randall leading the way. Out wide fullback Wally Peglar looked dangerous and managed a personal hall of 18 points. This week we face the unknown in the Boarder Bushrangers in what is sure to be a tough task.
VALLEYS C GRADE. First of all, welcome to all the new faces that played their first game for the club on the weekend. Also, thanks to Brothers for a competitive clash that unfortunately saw us go down 28-16. Although we were defeated, there were plenty of positives to take from the game and we will only improve as we get to spend more time together at training and on the field. Everyone that played put in a good effort and things will only get better from here. Hog’s Breath Cafe Man of the Match went to Jordan Bartman, who was well supported by the consistent Luke Starr-Moroney, Michael Foreman and evergreen skipper Glen Reardon.