VALLEYS A GRADE. After having a break with the bye round and then rep footy it felt as though the season had started again. A great victory for us winning 22 – 18. The result of all the Valleys teams playing out wins in all grades shows where the club is at with player development and commitment. Now more than ever, we have to all get on board the band wagon and keep producing the results from the past two games through the hard work of the individual. We all know how easy it could be to miss that training session because we’re tired or sore but when the results are seen on the paddock it makes training a little easier. The A Grade game was probably the first time all season where I saw the team play for each other, really looking after each other’s back. There were however some patches where we still need to work hard at and the chat in the change room cemented that with the players. I was very pleased with our defensive effort and the aggression that was shown in the period where we only had 12 on the paddock. It showed to the guys that footy is about attitude and how you can turn a situation into a challenge rather than a sentence. Across the park players really put their hands up and dug in. Both back rowers Hnaloan Budden and Dexter Buchanan were very impressive, with debutant Tyren Nicholls showing some brilliant touches. The forward pack laid a great platform to work from and the backs didn’t disappoint. Next week we travel to Gatton and try to replicate the results of the previous week. Congrats to all involved in a successful weekend keep the effort up and the spoils will come.
VALLEYS RESERVE GRADE. Another good effort from us today coming away with the two points against a physical Dalby side 42 points to 14. I thought our middle men stepped up and laid a good platform which allowed our backs to play a bit of footy when we got down into the opposition’s 40. Gus Matai led the way up front in attack and defence coming away with the man of the match award and I thought all our backs had good touches as well, in particular when we scored through Chris Bray in what could possibly be the try of the season. Next up we play Gatton in a real test in where we are at as a team.
VALLEYS UNDER 18 GRADE. Last week we played host to the Dalby Diehards. Like always, Dalby provided us with a stern test and this week was no different. Finally for us though we could almost name a full strength side for the game, welcoming back many of our representative players. We produced a solid first half and found ourselves up 24 – 12 at halftime. After the break we managed to control the ball, completing our first 11 sets giving us the opportunity to cross for numerous tries and ran out 62-22 winners. Our ball control certainly improved but still isn’t where we need it to be. Our defence still needs work and will be a focus for us over the next few rounds. This week’s player’s player and man of the match went to Denzel Burns who returned to club football with a 4 try haul. He was well backed up by Wally Peglar who amassed 26 points in the game. Up front Peter proved a handful for the defenders while Bula showed his ability to run some nice lines on the fringe. Once again we find ourselves without numerous players this weekend as we head down the range to play the Gatton Hawks who are always a challenge on their home ground.
VALLEYS C GRADE. A solid and much improved effort from the C Grade Roosters saw us come away with a good win against Dalby 31-12. This result started off what would become a great day for the club in winning all four grades. The win was a result of improved numbers to training which we need to keep pushing forward with if we are to compete effectively in September.
Hogs Breath Cafe man of the match went to evergreen skipper Glen Reardon who was well supported by Robert King and big Will Mitchell. Well done lads, keep up the effort.