Valleys celebrate their Gladstone Rugby League A-grade grand final victory at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone.
Valleys celebrate their Gladstone Rugby League A-grade grand final victory at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Diehard fans see flag at last as Valleys break drought

"VALLEYS, Valleys, Valleys." The chant from the crowd rang out over Marley Brown as the dying minutes ran down. The drought was over.

The Diehards had won their first A-grade premiership in 13 years, and a sea of blue engulfed the grandstand following the 30-12 win.

Following on from a big win in the under-18s, and a near miss and bitter disappointment in the reserves, Valleys showed they were going to be a force during the first half, which finished at 6-6.

Both Valleys and Wallabys protected the ball well in the first half, grinding through with very few mistakes.

The second half on the other hand began with the Valleys displaying more energy, and a couple of tries later the Diehards had control of the match.

Double try scorer John Tamanika took a while to work out just how to put his thoughts into words.

"It is a long time coming for the club. They approached me two years ago to help build the club to be respected. To win today means a lot to everyone at the club," Tamanika said.

While Valleys involved a lot of their adoring fans in a team song strewn across the Marley Brown grass, Wallabys withdrew think about what could have been.

The team was adamant that they did not play well enough to follow in the footsteps of their Reserve grade comrades, and that Valleys were rightful winners.

"We didn't control the ball enough; they defended well and we gave a bit away in the second half. Well done to them, it's been a long time between drinks," Wallabys president Adam Hamilton said.

Try scorers:

Valleys

John Tamanika (2)

Smith Samau

Windsor Bowie

Ha'ofanga Rabakewa

Wallabys

Jay Aston (2)



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