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Seddon dons footy boots for Valleys once again

Valleys’ Eugene Seddon may have turned 40 this year but it did not worry him when he thought he was Marty McFly on Saturday at the North Ipswich Reserve and went back to the future.

Seddon last played for Valleys in 2011 and since then has continued his life as a high school teacher but on Saturday the boots came back out and Seddon played in the Volunteers Cup for Valleys.

“I consider Valleys my team and we talked about it during the week me having a run,” Seddon said. 

“My wife wasn’t too worried but a few other people expressed concern.

“I got there and was getting ready and a few people made comments about me playing but it went alright.

“I didn’t get injured but then got injured at school playing soft ball and hurt my ribs so I am in doubt this week now.”

Seddon is the Mustangs under 20 coach in the Hasting Deering Cup competition and just could not get football out of his system just yet; he reflected on Valleys' Volunteer Cup form after Round 4. 

“We played with a lot of impatience so that’s something we are trying to fix,” Seddon said. 

“It’s been a terrific competition and the boys are really enjoying it.

“It’s got a real Bulimba Cup feel to it, and it’s good that the Ipswich teams are seeing the Toowoomba teams in action.

“One thing I have noticed is probably the Ipswich teams are a bit more physical than Toowoomba."

Seedon may be under an injury cloud, but he will be taking Gatton seriously on Saturday no matter what role he is filling.

“Gatton are a quality side and a young side too. We need to worry about us and make sure we are just settling into games and staying in games," Seddon said. 

Seedon might be wearing his puffer vest on Saturday on the sideline with Doc.

Volunteers Cup

Goodna v Souths

Goodna remain undefeated on top of the Volunteers Cup ladder with their latest 44-28 win over Gatton Hawks.

Goodna fired when they had to; six unanswered tries will make it hard for anyone to come back.

The Eagles showed plenty of resilience to come back from 12-0 and then blow the Hawks away with a try-scoring avalanche that would have scared Sir Edmund Hillary.

Souths lost the battle of the Tigers to Norths 34-18.

It is Ekka time, but Souths will not be haunted by the scary ride but for three late tries to the Norths Tigers. The game was in the balance and Norths ended it for the other Tigers with a rapid fire try-scoring exchange that left Souths wondering.

Souths need to fix those periods of chaos.

Valleys v Gatton

Valleys are second on the table and looking to keep tracking at the top with Goodna, this week it will be Gatton trying to come up with their second win and stop the Valleys momentum.

Valleys had a 30-26 win over Ipswich’s West End. The game was tight and the lead wildly fluctuated throughout the game.

West End scored six tries to five in the high-scoring game, which will have Valleys a little concerned about their defence this week.

Valleys’ super boot and Toowoomba highest points scorer Dwayne Duncan was the difference with five goals.

Gatton are coming off their loss to Goodna, but again made steps forward, they started well but then fell away after being in front 12-0 the Hawks were full of confidence.

Gatton need to mix the start with continuing to play football for the next 60 minutes. Gatton captain Shannon Hicks keeps playing the Allan Border role helping his team out and he was tremendous on the weekend again for the Hawks and pivotal to their 12-0 lead.

West End v Norths

Norths are coming off a win over Souths 34-18; Norths finished stronger after the scores became locked at 18-18 at half-time.

On debut Ty Humphreys was outstanding for the Ipswich Tigers and Nava Fesolai was excellent for Norths, causing plenty of damage.

Norths are now third place and will be looking to keep the momentum going this week against their Ipswich rivals.

West End are in that log jam of teams on two points and this week could prove a catalyst for breaking out and moving up.

The Bulldogs only lost by two points, but it will be lost opportunities at the start when Valleys led 12-4 and scoring six tries to five that will haunt the Dogs when they sit down and retire to their kennel for reflection.

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