The Gremlins played Valleys in a 'friendly' over the weekend.
The Gremlins played Valleys in a 'friendly' over the weekend. Contributed

Gremlins wallop Roosters in friendly

IT WAS smiles all round as Stanthorpe Gremlins returned to the Granite Belt last Saturday after beating the Valleys Roosters 28-10 at Herb Steinohrt Oval.

The Gremlins were without a few familiar faces in the unofficial 'friendly', but were clinical in their five-try-to-two dismantling of the Roosters, who are celebrating their 100th year this season.

The match was timely for the Gremlins who, due to a series of byes, have not played since their Round 12 draw with Warwick on June 28.

Their next regular season game is not until August 3 when they when they take on Valleys in Round 17.

With such a long break between competition matches, the idea of a 'friendly' was a bonus for the Gremlins and the result provided a welcome shot of confidence.

Stanthorpe will be hoping to maintain that form when they resume their Toowoomba Rugby League campaign with just two fixtures remaining, against Valleys and Goondiwindi, ahead of the finals series.

Currently fourth on the Second Division ladder, the Gremlins confirmed their early-season promise with a strong display on Saturday.

Classy five-eighth Jacob Rashleigh was impressive, bagging a try-scoring double on his way to being voted players' player.

Josh Wren and Nigel Bonnetto also crossed for tries while front-rower Will McPaul scored a classic four-pointer.

Nate Stibbard took over the skipper's duties in the absence of regular captain and lock Gary Skimmings, performing well in the playmaker roll at halfback, while another youngster on the rise Josh Wren filled in at lock.

While the performance against the Roosters certainly pleased coach Megsy Irwin, the result has no effect on the Gremlins position on the ladder.

Stanthorpe meet Valleys again on Saturday, August 3 at Sullivan Oval in what shapes as a must-win contest for the home side.

The game coincides with Stanthorpe Rugby League's centenary celebrations on the day.