RUGBY UNION: The Dawson Valley Drovers are living proof that you only get out what you put in.
Every Thursday afternoon half of the Drovers’ squad would board a Thrifty bus and drive out to Moura.
They’d leave Rockhampton at around 5pm and would get home after 11.30pm. Then they’d go to work the next day after the four-hour round trip.
For seven years, this dedicated bunch have clocked the miles just for training.
It would be the last thing these hard working footballers would want to do after their day jobs – but they knew talent could only get them so far.
“It is a big commitment yes, but it is what we do and the boys really take it on board,” skipper Angus Creedon explained.
“We have a great group of players but scattered across a 250sq km radius. So we’ve done split sessions twice a week. Tuesdays half the group train in Rocky and the others in Moura, then we would get a bus there on Thursdays.
“It shows what great culture we have, that we all play for each other.”
Drovers’ second to none attitude culminated in premiership glory at the weekend with a tense 20-17 win over Brothers.
That incredible drive and thirst for success has seen them feature in five grand finals of those seven seasons.
They missed out in 2011, won in 2012, runners up in 2013, semi finalists in both 2014 and 2015, bridesmaids again in 2016.
Desperate to end their drought and with the pain of last year’s 10-7 loss to Frenchville Pioneers still lingering – Dawson Valley finally broke their drought.
Creedon struggled to put to words how close his side had came to letting another one slip.
“We had them on the ropes at 20-3 but…
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