Dalby young gun helps Valleys to last-ditch win
RUGBY LEAGUE: As the Volunteers Cup rolls on, the Valleys Roosters continue to get further into their stride.
The back-to-back TRL premiers made it three-successive victories in the inter-district competition, taking down West End 30-26 at North Ipswich Reserve.
A tight tussle in blustery conditions was played out between the two, with the lead changing hands on multiple occasions.
Just as the home side looked to have the game in their keeping with a two-point lead inside the final six minutes, a barnstorming Jordan Drew ensured the Roosters kept their winning streak alive.
Coach Matt Schulze said they've slowly been able to bring further consistency into the side, something that he believes has been a big part of their winning run.
"We're starting to get a more consistent team, while trying to give different blokes a run, because we've been getting such good numbers to training," Schulze said.
"We want to try and reward that as best we can. We suffered a few niggling injuries so that might cause a few changes.
"I think we were pretty lucky to be honest. We scored less tries, but it was Dwayne Duncan's goalkicking in some tough conditions that was the difference.
"It was a tough game. We lost Brock Diment, Travis Turnbull and Gerome Burns during the game. A few old heads led the way, settled us down and helped us build a bit of pressure."
Among the new faces in the Roosters side is Josh Chappell, who returned to the Downs after the SG Ball (U18s) season with the Parramatta Eels was cancelled due to COVID.
The Dalby junior made an immediate impact in the halves, finishing with a hat-trick and earning the praise of Schulze.
"If none of this situation happened, he'd still be down with Parramatta," he said.
"He happened to come back home, and he was keen to play some footy.
"He got a hat-trick and played a full game, in which he was quite impressive.
"The challenge is to do that week-to-week, but it's good to have him playing around some good halves."
Southern Suburbs slumped to its third loss in a row after a late surge from Norths saw the Ipswich-based side rocket home to a 34-18 victory.
Scores were level at 18-all before three tries over the concluding stages put Souths to the sword.
Gatton was no match for a powerful Goodna side, falling 44-28. Brandon Clarke scored two tries in the defeat for the Hawks.