Valley shock Athies in round three

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Round three’s opening fixtures of the Oamaru Liquorland Citizens Shield saw Old Boys dispose of Kurow, Valley shock Athletic Marist and Excelsior edge out Maheno.

Old Boys responded in style from their 8-8 stalemate with Athies last week by downing Kurow 33-0.

Kurow frustrated the holders in the first half, holding the red and blacks to a 7-0 advantage at half time, before the floodgates opened in the second period.

“We controlled possession but the Kurow defence was good,” said Old Boys skipper Ralph Darling.

“It took a while to break them down. They were unlucky to come away with nothing.”

Despite sitting at the point table’s summit, Darling insisted his side still had work to do if they were to retain the shield for a fifth successive year.

“Every game is tough. We’ve got a lot of work to do. We try to fix the mistakes we make each week.”

Valley offered up the shock of week 11 by putting Athletic Marist to the sword in a 24-11 encounter.

Valley were on the wrong end of an upset last Saturday to Maheno but regrouped well to deal a blow to Athletic’s title charge.

Athies backs coach Jon Sinclair believes his side’s lack of consistency and dedication proved costly.

“We just didn’t front up,” he said.

“It was another disappointing performance. We’re certainly not playing as well as we can.

“Unfortunately, we lack professionalism and the ability to perform week in, week out.”

Excelsior managed a 14-11 win over Maheno in a tightly-contested battle and will visit Athies next weekend, while Excelsior host Kurow and Valley entertain Old Boys.

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: JESSIE WAITE – Robbie Smith in possession during Maheno’s tightly contested loss to Excelsior on Saturday.