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Diehards too strong for Valkyries

Valleys Diehards continued on their unbeaten run, claiming their third win in a row to start the 2021 BHP Premiership season.

Today’s match, played in cool conditions under cloudy skies on a fast track, saw another win to the home team with the visiting Valkyries struggling at times to keep up in a fast-paced game. 

Although the Valkyries tried hard, they were outclassed by a better side on the day in a 64-6 win to Valleys.

The half-time score saw the Diehards ahead 28-6 thanks, to tries from Shenae Ciesiolka, Toni Hunt, Taylor Mapusua, Caitlyn Taleni, Lauretta Leao-Seve and Kody House.

Impressive and lively forward Keisharn Hala scored the only try for the Valkyries team.

An unusually wayward day with the boot in the first half saw Meg Ward kick only two conversion from six attempts. Kiriana Nukunuku kicked the sole conversion for Valkyries.

After the match, Valley’s coach Scott Prince said he was extremely happy with all the performances today.

"It was virtually impossible to pick out a (best) performing player in the team," Prince said of the overall effort.

Valkyries coach Wayne Treleaven said his players tried hard, but were unable to match it with the more experienced and better prepared Valley’s girls.

The make-up and the nature of the Valkyrie teams doesn’t lend itself to a many set moves style play, with preparations hampered by which players are available to play each week.

Making her debut in the BHP Premiership was Normanby Hounds player Quinnie Warin who was "a big heart in a little body who gave her all whilst on the field", impressing coach Treleaven.

The Diehards believe they can keep their unbeaten momentum going and will head to Rockhampton next weekend for their Round 4 match against the Capras at Browne Park.

The Valkyries will head to Pizzey Park for their next match against the Burleigh Bears for a Friday night on April 30.