Inset: Ashley Dodd, Brent Crawford and his son Nayt Crawford.
Inset: Ashley Dodd, Brent Crawford and his son Nayt Crawford. Nick Kossatch GLA030317WALLABYSV

TRADITIONAL CLASH BETWEEN WALLABYS AND VALLEYS

RUGBY LEAGUE: The annual Pre-season Challenge Cup is on the line today when the senior and junior Wallabys and Valleys teams go head-to-head today at Albion Park.

The series of shortened trial matches mark a tradition that has been going since 2011 and will start this morning with an under-6 match and finishes with the keenly-anticipated Wallabys and Valleys men's game from 3.30pm.

"Whoever wins the most games, from U9 and up, wins the trophy,” Wallabys president Darren Martin said.

"It's a gold coin donation and it will draw a big crowd especially with the U6 and U7 where it's the kids' first game of footy and a lot of parents come down to watch.”

Martin said one of the main draw-cards will be star Jillaroo Chelsea Baker who will don the Wallabys jersey for the women's match this afternoon.

Valleys junior president Steve Marker said today is an opportunity for both clubs to generate some money.

His son Jake Marker plays for the Valleys U15 team and there will be no backward steps taken.

"Wallabys have been improving in the past couple of years,” Jake said.

"We need to come out tough in the first 20 minutes.”

Jake will play in his seventh year and said that it's a day that both clubs look forward to.

"We're traditional rivals and ever since I was little, I always looking forward to these games,” Jake said.

His mate, but rival today, Connor Dromgoole hopes his Wallabys' U15 team shows the form that had them finishing third in the Nines competition last weekend.

"We've been improving and training hard and there will be plenty of sledging and the winner will have bragging rights,” Connor said.

Wallabys senior player-coach Ashley Dodd said fullback Jake Gowers and front rower Michael Hamilton will be players to watch this afternoon.

"It will be good preparation for the season ahead,” Dodd said.

PROGRAM

When: Today from 8am and final game at 3.30pm

Where: Albion Park - Tranberg St (off Hanson Rd)

Games: U6-U18, senior women and senior men

Gold coin donation

Bar and canteen available



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