Valleys’ Ash Parter gives his all during the Gladstone Rugby League finals at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone.
Valleys’ Ash Parter gives his all during the Gladstone Rugby League finals at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Wallabys keep their heads to snatch win in last minute

ONE minute is a standard measurement of time, but the difference between a minute for Valleys and Wallabys in Reserve grade was devastating.

When five-eighth Tamati Davis scored an intercept try, the Diehards had the premiership in their grasp with the score at 26-24.

All they had to do was the field the kick-off and play safety-first football for the next sixty seconds - work the ball up field and kick it into touch.

It didn't happen.

Instead Valleys dropped the ball and opened the door to a Wallabys last-ditch attempt with a minute to go.

The attacking raid worked, leaving the Diehards shattered less than a minute after the joy of thinking the trophy was in the cabinet.

"We got a little bit confident; all we had to do was hang onto the ball," Valleys Captain Joey Hayward said.

"They deserved it though. They were better on the day and we played like s**t."

It was an unlikely hero for the Wallabys when they did sneak in front and claim the title, forward Nigel Daisy somehow strolling over untouched to claim the winner.

"I didn't ever think I could; it is part of footy that you train hard and see what happens," Daisy said.

"We had a quick talk when they scored and said to finish off hard no matter what."

The fashion of the win was a reward for Daisy, who was celebrating his 10th year with Wallabys, and he enjoyed getting the last laugh.

"They were the better side all year but that pretty much means nothing; we got this one," Daisy said.

Try scorers:

Wallabys: Davey Ambrum, Graham Warde, Fabian Souter (2), Nigel Daisy.

Valleys: Joe Clements, Rick Gibson, Tamati Davis, Luke Haliwell, Dan Hess.