Finals curse strikes as Stags falter at last hurdle
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Mary Valley Stags' quest for a maiden premiership is over after a 14 points to 12 defeat at the hands of Maroochydore on Saturday.
After claiming the club's first ever minor premiership a fortnight ago, the Stags were touted as premiership certainties going into the post-season.
However, it wasn't to be.
A finals curse, which has seen the Kandanga-based club bow out of a major semi-final five times in the last six years, continues to haunt them and their hunt for an elusive title win.
Stags captain Chad Parker spoke with The Gympie Times after the match and said the game was there for the taking.
"I thought if we turned up ready to play then we would be in with a real chance of winning the game,” a disappointed Parker said.
"We just had way to much drop ball.”
The Stags squandered a 12-4 half-time lead, at one stage letting the Swans score two tries in quick succession.
Parker predicts Maroochydore will go into next weeks final as favourites.
"Maroochydore are a solid team across the park,” he said.
"We just could not get across the line in the second half.
"A couple of times we let them run one hundred metres in a set.
"I honestly thought if we started the game strong we would win.
"Everyone turned up to play, our ball controlled just killed us,” he said
The Stags finished the regular season on top of the Sunshine Coast division two competition ladder. Maroochydore go on to play the winner between Coolum and Kawana in the final.