Devils wait for final
THE Gympie Devils A Grade side, through to next weekend’s Caloundra RSL Cup grand final for the first time, enjoys the luxury of kicking back tomorrow and finding out who its opponents will be.
The Devils braved horrid conditions against the Caloundra Sharks away last weekend to charge through to the final with a heroic win.
Losing to the Devils has left Caloundra, minor premiers, to draw on their second chance against the Nambour Crushers in Gympie tomorrow afternoon at Jack Stokes Oval.
The Devils senior side will look on with great interest to see which team advances.
Devils coach John Greensill predicted an upset could be on the cards, saying the Sharks “spent a lot of fuel” in their loss to Gympie and Nambour had the firepower to steal the win.
“It won’t be easy for Caloundra and I wouldn’t be surprised if Nambour wins through to meet us in the grand final,” he said.
Greensill weighed into the controversy earlier this week as Caloundra sought to drag Devils captain Trent Callaghan before the league tribunal.
With Devils player Ray Ioane already appearing next Monday night to learn of his fate after receiving a high tackle charge against Caloundra last weekend, the coach was feeling hot headed.
Despite Caloundra’s best efforts, though, Callaghan won’t front on any charges due to insufficient evidence.
Ioane, however, is starring down the barrel of potentially missing the grand final.
Greensill said the side had the depth to cover for Ioane being ruled out of action but was hoping to not be put in that position.
“We have room to move if Ray is suspended for the game but obviously we want him to play so it will depend on how we go next weekend during the hearing,” he said.
As the countdown to next Saturday’s final continues, Devils secretary Rebecca Heaton is appealing for Gympie to support the team.
Busses will be organised to leave for the game from Jack Stokes Oval next Saturday at 1pm ahead of a 5.30pm kick off.
Cost is $10 a head and reserving a seat essential. Contact Gympie Rugby League president Scott Dodt on 0400 719 954 or Rebecca Heaton on 54837989 or 0414 582 444.
Tomorrow’s semi final games at Jack Stokes Oval are as follows:
- 11.30am – Under 18 Kawana Dolphins v Maroochydore-Coolum Swans
- 1.10pm – Reserve Grade Caboolture Snakes v Noosa Pirates
- 3pm – A Grade Caloundra Sharks v Nambour Crushers