Valleys power to win as injuries hit Roosters hard
A VALIANT and injury-ravaged Calliope Roosters had a tough afternoon at the office on Sunday, coming up against a Valleys outfit that was also undermanned but still too classy at Marley Brown Oval.
Down 24-10 at half-time, Calliope continued to gift Valleys opportunities, with incomplete sets and missed tackles eventually proving hurdles too big to overcome. The final score line blew out, with Valleys coasting away 58-30 victors.
Calliope five-eighth Liam Campbell spoke of his disappointment after the game, not at his team's efforts but at their lack of execution.
"The boys tried hard but we're just sort of falling short in a lot of areas," he said. "We're missing a lot of one-on-one tackles."
Roosters centre Mitch Hallinan was stand-out, making some strong runs and showing a good turn of pace in his comeback from a 10-week injury layoff.
But it wasn't enough to prevent a Valleys side directed by their cunning halfback Aaron Watson and booming forward Samson Mariner.
Showing plenty of heart after losing halfback Hayden Caughey and hooker Anthony Mayers to injury, the Roosters never gave up, crossing with seconds remaining in the match to give some respectability to the scoreboard.
Campbell said the loss of two key-position players hadn't helped his side's cause, but the Roosters will look to regroup with two byes coming up.
- Under-18s: Valleys 38 def Calliope 12
- Reserve grade: Valleys 48 def Calliope 18
- First grade: Valleys 58 def Calliope 30