VALLEYS A GRADE. This week we played a well drilled Warwick team in hot conditions that had a very good kicking game which suited their home ground advantage. Warwick put a lot of pressure on our boys in the first half through there constant accuracy, plus our poor discipline led to another 7 to 10 more sets for them. That aside, I feel the score line wasn’t a true indication of the game played with both teams running with the wind scoring 90% of their points. Our boys came from the field saying that the Warwick boys were the most physical side to date. Watching the encounter I was most disappointed in our one on one efforts and simple goal line defence. This is a personal goal that the players have to work hard at week in week out. We had some interesting positional team changes after halftime where players were asked to do a job which they did and did well. I think that we are close to our first win and if we continue to improve and do the little things right then these hard times will be the biggest learning curve for our young players. I look forward to the coming week to put our nose back to the grind and working hard to get victory against Souths this week.
VALLEYS RESERVE GRADE. A tough result against Warwick last week going down on the last play of the day. Crucial penalties given away and illdiscipline cost us dearly, but we will learn from this and continue to develop. Our season hinges on the commitment to training boys. Be prepared to work hard and the rewards will come. We have shown this to be true time and time again. A very disappointing loss but full credit to Warwick for sticking it to us. The final score 28–22 to Warwick.
VALLEYS UNDER 18 GRADE. The Junior Roosters suffered their first loss of the season going down 30 points to 16 to an impressive Warwick side. We found ourselves on the back foot early and never really recovered. Being down 18 nil at half time the boys lifted in the second half to put more respectability back into the score board. Pat Randall was once again very impressive in the forward pack and he was well backed up by Lachlan Stephson, Malik Brown and Pat Brunner. In the backs Shannon Lawton had his best game of the year with Normski Doyle having some strong carries. Wally again had some great touches despite carrying an injury. Full credit to Warwick they were the better side and certainly seem to be favourites for the under 18 competition this year. This week things don’t get any easier for us as we face a much improved Souths outfit.
VALLEYS C GRADE. Congratulations to both sides on an entertaining and exciting game and well done to our boys for securing our second win of the year which left us sitting on top of the ladder. It was a great effort from our boys last week to beat Warwick at Warwick 20-12. Everybody had a big dug and did their job well. Thanks to Warwick for a very competitive clash. It was definitely hard to separate any of the efforts from our players but Man of the Match went to Michael Foreman who was well supported by everyone that took the field. Special thanks to the guys that played multiple games against Warwick also. Next time up is against Souths which will be another strong test for us.