Valleys aim to build on opening win
The return of Valleys to the Brisbane Rugby League competition last year warmed the hearts of many traditionalists but the club says it's just one step in their rebuilding process.
Formed in 1908, Valleys won 24 premierships in total, including five in a golden period in the '70s.
They folded at the end of '95 - the year before the creation of the Queensland Cup - but were welcomed back into the re-formed BRL competition last year.
In a testing return, they made the Struddy's Sports pre-season final but finished the regular season in 9th spot with just four wins.
"It was difficult for us in our first year back at this level," Chairman Danny Walker explains.
"We had a lot of injuries just after the pre-season competition and Norths (Valleys' Intrust Super Cup affiliate club) had some as well, so we were both impacted.
"This season is another rebuilding year for us."
The club has overhauled their playing roster, with only Liam Herrington and Shane Picker remaining in the top seveteen from the side that finished 2015.
They also appointed the vastly experienced Don Gailer as head coach in the off season.
"He's built a good culture ... the support staff are all working well together and there's plenty of positive signs," Walker said.
Those signs were evident in their 20-16 round one win over Carina.
They'll be looking to go back-to-back when they meet Normanby at Purtell Park on Saturday.
Senior results aside, the club's juniors are thriving, with Walker saying numbers have increased by 25 per cent since Valleys' readmission to the BRL.
It's arguably the most important cog for a club thoroughly embracing it's history but well awake of the solid foundations required to ensure long term survival.
"Our biggest sponsors are the Valleys Old Boys who were players at the highest level in the 1960s and '70s - they've contributed money through fundraisers which makes life so much easier," Walker said.
"And it's definitely helped us playing this level of football."
BRISBANE RUGBY LEAGUE - ROUND 2
Saturday, April 16
Normanby Hounds v Valleys Diehards at Purtell Park, 3pm
West Brisbane Panthers v Carina at Kev McKell Oval, 3.15pm
Easts Tigers v Gaters at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park, 4pm
Logan Brothers v Redcliffe Dolphins at Civic Park, 5.30pm
Sunday, April 17
Ipswich Jets v Wynnum Manly Redland City at North Ipswich Reserve, 12pm - LIVE STREAM