Valleys too good
Despite looking the better side for large parts of the game the Hawks went down 24-16 against the premiers.
After a very quick start to the game from both sides Gatton crossed first out wide through winger Josh Belz for a 4-0 lead after seven minutes.
The sin-binning of Gatton player Jayden Lund with 15 minutes remaining in the first half cost Gatton dearly as Valleys evened things up soon after for a 4-4 score line.
From the next set, and with Gatton still only having 12 men on the park, Valleys scored again for an 8-4 lead with five minutes remaining in the half.
A further Valleys try against a tiring Gatton defence saw the Roosters take a 14-4 lead in to the break.
In the worst possible start to the second half, a Gatton error from the kick-off saw Valleys score from the next set for an 18-4 lead.
The Hawks looked down and out soon after when Valleys dived over from dummy-half to extend their lead to 24-8 with 30 minutes remaining in the match.
Gatton refused to go away in the match with back-rower Mark Swan crossing before centre Aaron Werth also scored for the Hawks making the score 24-16 to ensure a grandstand finish with five minutes remaining.
The Hawks continued to attack the Valleys line in the dying stages but a double movement call from cost Gatton the chance of victory with the final score: Valleys 24, Gatton 16.
Despite the Hawks dominating the opening exchanges it was Valleys who crossed first against the run of play in the Reserve Grade game for a 4-0 lead.
Gatton’s defence soon fell apart with Valleys able to score long range tries to lead 20-0 at half-time.
The Hawks started the better of the two sides after half-time and scored through Gary Eaton and Brendan Lees to bring the score back to 20-10.
Valleys got the upper hand and scored more tries for a 38-10 score.
Gatton’s Under 18s were convincingly beaten by a well-drilled Valleys outfit. In a game that produced few highlights for the Hawks, Valleys lead 22-0 at half-time. A flurry of Valleys second half tries saw the score blow out to 52-0 at full time.