Write Up forClive Berghofer Land Sales, Fabtech Liners & Covers and Federal Hotel Valleys A-Grade v Wattle 28/4

Our  Clive Berghofer Land Sales, Fabtech Liners & Covers and Federal Hotel Valleys A-Grade side picked up a vital 2 points away at Wattles that in many ways was worth more than the 2 competition points earned. I can’t say I’ve ever been prouder of a performance in my time at valleys. The win was not only vital in terms of the ladder but it was equally a huge morale boost and the type of win that really builds confidence in a team which hasn’t played a lot of football together. Apart from a couple of tries that we gave up softly in the first half our defence found a desire and enthusiasm in the second half that has been lacking so far this season. The last 10 minutes especially, where not conceding a try was vital, was proof that when mentally we are up for the task our defence is capable of holding up under immense pressure. We entered the game with a host of injuries and players unavailable and once again our depth was tested as it has been for several weeks. With no end in sight to our growing injury list, the amazing performance once again of our young crew of 17 year olds showed that no matter how many players are unavailable our young guys are not only willing to step up but more than capable of effecting the outcome of an A-Grade game. Dave Murphy in just his third A-Grade game was enormous, crossing for 3 tries in an 80 minute performance beyond his years. His combination with his young mates Huey Sedger, K.T., Jason Sharpe and Nulla Budden ended up being the real difference of the game. 5 tries from a group of 17 year olds in an A grade game against a quality team is no small feat and if this group keep working hard and pushing themselves to be better and better than the sky’s the limit. In the middle of the park Maui Poe and Luke Smith played big minutes with plenty of quality and Tyrone Jowett alongside Sam Capewell held the front row together for much of the match in the absence of plenty of others. It was great to see Oliver Scott out there again in the back row for his first A grade game of the year and the return of Jay Melrose proved important as well when he finished off a spectacular try off a kick off just before half time after an amazing charge by Maui Poe. We are definitely battered and bruised after this game and we’ve picked up even more injuries that we’ll once again have to deal with to face unbeaten Gatton next week. But once more we’ll look at the positives and hopefully see even more people that when given their opportunity will not only fill the gaps but make the difference