Rick Gibson?s star continued to shine at Marley Brown Oval yesterday despite his side being defeated by Rockhampton Brothers.
Rick Gibson?s star continued to shine at Marley Brown Oval yesterday despite his side being defeated by Rockhampton Brothers.

Valleys fullback has dreams to dream

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

VALLEYS fullback Rick Gibson might have had nightmares last night about Rockhampton Brothers five-eighth Adam Geddes running at him, but he has bigger dreams to dream.

Geddes crossed for six tries in yesterday's 86-22 CQ Extended League A grade whitewash of Valleys at Marley Brown Oval, all coming in the second half with four of them in succession.

However, one of the few bright spots for the Diehards was Gibson's performance at fullback, the lanky 18-year-old crossing for a try, almost adding a second with a long-range break in the opening seconds, and setting up another for his coach Aaron Earnshaw.

Gibson's form for the Diehards has been outstanding in a difficult year in which they have yet to record a victory but with the Wests Tigers expressing an interest in the youngster he has plenty of reason to maintain his performance.

The teenager certainly knows his way around the park, chiming into the backline perfectly to produce three long breaks yesterday.

Gibson said the young Diehards side needed all of its experienced players on the park to provide sterner resistance ? something they did not have yesterday with the likes of Travis Ribot, Mick Richards and Luke Chapman unavailable.

'We were lacking in numbers because of players with work commitments,'' Gibson said. "That set us back a bit ... we lacked direction.'

After trailing 22-0 by the 18th minute, Valleys rallied briefly to trail 28-16 at halftime but their defence resembled a turnstyle in the second half, as the visitors ran in 11 additional tries to score at better than a point per minute.



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