Valleys player Adrian Josepski carries the ball in heavy traffic during the last A grade against Wallabys at Calliope.
Valleys player Adrian Josepski carries the ball in heavy traffic during the last A grade against Wallabys at Calliope. File

Roosters are ready for action

CALLIOPE is the place to be this afternoon and into the night, as the Roosters hold a big day of rugby league action.

Valleys travel to take on the Wallabys, the reserves getting under way at 2.30pm followed by the main A-grade game.

Valleys A-grade coach Mark McManus is expecting a very physical match, as it has been in the past, but he believes his charges will be able to focus on their game plan and not worry about the opposition's tactics.

“If we don't get into an arm wrestle and play our game, we'll go all right,” McManus said.

Like his Valleys counterpart, Brothers coach Danny McAllister thinks there will be a lot of feeling in the game.

“We were disappointed with our performance last week, and we also need to respect the fact they beat us last time,” he said.

McManus has been impressed with the never-say-die attitude shown from his players this season, and a few big losses have not affected their confidence.

Calliope Roosters secretary Peter Masters said the club and people in the town were looking forward to another big day and night of rugby league.

“The boys love playing in front of the home crowd; they grow another leg,” Masters said.

Calliope takes on Biloela in the 7pm game and the Roosters need to snare a win if their hopes of playing at the business end of the season are to be fulfilled.

“It's crucial if we want to play semi-final footy,” Masters said.

With Alex Busby back to his best, Craig Hogan revelling at five-eighth and the forward pack in general holding up, Masters said the home side would put up a solid showing.

In other Challenge Cup matches, Rocky Brothers play Tannum at Victoria Park today, CQU Norths take on Fitzroy/Gracemere at Browne Park, and tomorrow.

Gladstone Brothers travel to Yeppoon on Sunday.

Biloela plays Valleys in the under-20 game at 5.30pm today at Calliope.



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