Dawson Valley of hope for community
HIS TEAM may not have won its third trial match of the preseason against Wallabys, but Dawson Valley Vikings player Aaron Blyton is excited rugby league is back where it belongs.
Vikings have entered the reserve grade of the Gladstone District Rugby League competition which begins in earnest this Saturday.
PHOTO GALLERY: Look at the gallery of the two curtain-raiser matches
"It's real good to get league back into the community and they have been waiting for league to come back in," Blyton said.
The new club effectively has replaced the void left by defunct clubs Moura Tigers and Theodore Roosters and Blyton said numbers have been encouraging.
"During the preseason our numbers have been great and we encourage any players over 18 years to play for us," Blyton added.
Despite a 42-12 loss to the more experienced Wallabys; Vikings coach Troy Sawdy saw plenty of positives.
"We have been getting better each game, but we know that we are starting from scratch because Vikings are a fresh new idea," Sawdy said.
An entry into the A grade seems a long way away, but Sawdy has not dismissed the idea.
"Who knows if there's to be an A grade side...maybe during the next mining boom," he said.
Wallabys' captain Ashley Dodd was impressed with the new side especially early when Vikings held a narrow lead.
"They were really good and have a lot nippy young guys," the classy Dodd said.
After a turbulent season last year at the Wallabys; Dodd said things are falling into place ahead of the new season.
"We're rebuilding from last year and our focus is in reserve grade and start to build to having an A grade side again," Dodd said.