GALLERY/VIDEOS: First practice match gets the desired result
RUGBY LEAGUE: Each Valleys player, from both Gladstone and Brisbane Diehards outfits had walked away well satisfied after their first hit-out this season.
Brisbane reversed last year's 28-22 loss with a commanding 28-6 win in the trial match which was part of a massive day at Valleys Oval.
The visitors skipped to a 16-0 lead and it was evident the Brisbane variety of the Diehards came to play as Jon Collins found space to slide home the first try of the game.
His brother Tom found another to have the hosts napping and without any answers to Brisbane Valleys' outside speed.
In a game played over four quarters in a shortened form, tackles were exchanged when Gladstone's Mitch Brown tackle on Moe Taunuu was equally as good as Mitch Walker stopped Gladstone's Isaiaha McGarrow in his tracks.
Gladstone Valleys Diehards coach Dennis Moore said his team had set out what was intended.
"The whole idea was to give everyone a run and was very happy with the way we went," he said.
The men from Gladstone shored up defensively and powerhouse Michael White burst through for a try to give his team momentum.
But Brisbane Diehards' Tom Collins put the game beyond reach despite a lift in intensity from both teams.
"It was a tough game against quality opposition," Moore said.
"When we stuck to our structures and worked the ground hard, we were right in the game, so it just came to the fact that the other mob have been training three nights a week for months and we have been going since Christmas.
"That showed at the end, but I was happy the way it went."
Moore said all of his charges played well, but David West showed his class where he took the game on and he caught some difficult balls in the breezy conditions.
Brisbane coach Don Gailer said the main aim was to convey the Valleys brand to the community.
And from his Valleys' team's perspective, it was the defencive element in parts that pleased him.
"The boys have been doing their pre-season work, but there's nothing like a trial to get into it," he said.
"It was a good willing game out there.
"Callum Klein and Fred Doherty were really good and Chris Aitken at number nine and Jacob Kelly at number 10 had good trials."
Gailer said he was also impressed with Gladstone Valleys' tenacity and determination to persist until the end.
U9: Wallabys d Valleys
U10: Wallabys d Valleys
U11: Wallabys d Valleys
U12: Wallabys d Valleys
U13: not-for-points-scratch match - Valleys v Brothers
U14: Valleys d Wallabys
U15: no games - Wallabys unable to field side
U17: Valleys 36 d Wallabys 6
Reserves: Valleys 14 d Wallabys 10
Women: Wallabys 50 d Valleys 4
A-grade: Brisbane Valleys 28 d Gladstone Valleys 6