Hobson wants Valleys to finish on a high
RUGBY LEAGUE: Outgoing Gladstone Valleys coach Shaun Hobson said the club's future is bright with a sprinkling of youthful talent introduced to the big time.
Under-18 players Leith Hammelswang, Thomas Gaston, James Cody and Tremayne Hobson all made an impact in their taste of A-grade action in Valleys' 52-26 win against Woorabinda on the weekend.
Valleys face cross-town rivals Tannum Seagulls and pride is on the line for both clubs which want to finish on a high.
"All the local footy rivalry is good,” Hobson said.
"There is certainly mutual respect and certainly on the day there will be competition come the game.”
Valleys are likely to finish sixth - some two games adrift of fifth-placed Biloela which has booked the final spot of the top-five.
Hobson will complete his two-year coaching stint which has had its ups and downs.
"Coaching has been a challenge with injuries and players not being available at different times,” he said.
"My time has come and I love rugby league and at the end of the day it was my job to get the A-grade into the finals.”
Hobson may have short-changed himself because he has set the platform.
The reserves and under-20 teams are primed to qualify for finals and that's always an excellent sign as players from those grades transition to the top level.
"Whoever wins in the U20s, will make the finals while if Valleys reserves win and Woorabinda lose to Norths Chargers, then they get in as well,” Hobson said.
"It's a chance that Valleys reserves may meet Wallabys in the semi-finals.”