Valleys too good

THE Gatton Hawks have dropped out of the TRL top five after an entertaining display against the Valleys Roosters at Cahill Park on Sunday.

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.

That would be the final time the Roosters posted points in the match however and the Hawks rallied with Belz crossing for his second after a slick backline move bringing the score back to 24-8.


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.

Gatton now face a tough road trip to Goondiwindi this Sunday to take on the Boars in a must-win clash.


Valleys 24 d Gatton 16 (Josh Belz 2, Mark Swan, Aaron Werth tries; 0 goals).


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.

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