Wallabys win rivalry cup for historic first time
RUGBY LEAGUE: Teams from Gladstone Wallabys reserves down to under-9s ventured to enemy territory and accomplished something the club was unable to do in the previous seven seasons.
And that's to claim the Pre-season Cup against Gladstone Valleys Diehards.
In front of a mostly packed crowd, at the Valleys fields Wallabys took out wins in the U9, U10, U11 and U12.
Wallabys women also were among the winners and tuned up for the season proper with a 50-4 win.
Despite the lop-sided score, Valleys' coach Michael Davey was proud of his players.
"It was nothing to do with the scoreboard and we wanted to see where we were at," he said.
"Going up against Wallabys was a good opportunity for us to see where we are at and we were pretty pleased.
"We dug hard and we dug deep and we know what we need to work on and where we got to go and start working on things."
Wallabys are the reigning women's competition premiers while Valleys will field a female team for the first time.
"Maybe next time, Wallabys will have a competition on their hands," Davey said of the prospect of a more competitive scoreline in the season proper.
Wallabys, despite without the services of Jillaroos' Chelsea Baker, were simply too experienced and classy for the hosts and among a host of stars was Meagan Wex.
"That was awesome working on our plays and actually for them to come off," she said.
"We have about four or five new girls who played for the first time and it's good to having her (Chelsea Baker) there, but without her, it doesn't matter, we still can get the job done."
Valleys' publicity and first-aid officer Graeme Huther said it was the best 'Valleys v Wallabys' day yet.
"It's probably the best that the field has looked and great to have had such a big crowd," he said.