Anthony Boyd and Kane Martin, 7 from the Wallabys and Aaron Hall and Kyle Dwyer, 7 from Valleys prepare for the Wallabys Vallys Preseason Challenge.
Anthony Boyd and Kane Martin, 7 from the Wallabys and Aaron Hall and Kyle Dwyer, 7 from Valleys prepare for the Wallabys Vallys Preseason Challenge. Christopher Chan GLACHAL

Rugby clubs enjoy friendly rivalry with preseason challenge

A STORM is brewing on Tranberg St.

This Sunday, all grades, from under 7s to opens at Valleys and Wallabys will take part in the annual hit-out - known as the Wallabys Valleys Preseason Challenge at Wallabys' home ground.

Going into the competition's third year, Wallabys president Adam Hamilton said his club was yet to win the trophy.

"We're pretty keen to try and get it off them," Adam said.

Adam and Valleys a grade coach Andrew Hamilton agreed that the main aim of the preseason game was a bit of fun.

"The day is about both clubs coming together," Andrew said.

In terms of the type of clubs they are, Adam said Valleys and Wallabys were similar being family oriented and the two clubs enjoyed a healthy rivalry.

Although he said the boys might be a bit scrappy at this stage of the season, Adam said Wallabys were looking strong.

"I think it will be a really good game," he said.

"The quality of players getting around now is probably better than it's ever been."

Andrew said with the season getting close, his boys were ready to play and although it was about fun, the A-grade team in particular would take the game seriously.

"It gets a bit more serious when it gets to seniors.

"It is a trial game.

"It's not going to be as physical as a game where you are playing for two points."

As a coach, Andrew said it was an opportunity for him to make sure his team was at its best.

Adam encouraged people to turn out and enjoy what would be an entire day of rugby league action.

"It's usually a good day out," he said.

Not only will the open game serve as a grand final rematch but as a round one preview as the clubs are also set to face off in the first game of Gladstone Rugby League's competition on March 9.

Sunday

  • 9.20am - Under 11s
  • 9.30am - Under 7s and Under 8s
  • 10.10am - Under 9s and Under 12s
  • 11am - Under 10s and Under 13s
  • 11.50am - Under 14s
  • 12.40pm - Under 16s
  • 1.30pm - Under 18s
  • 2.30pm - opens