Devils’ captain Riley McDowall takes the ball and scores a second try for Gympie in a game against Caloundra last year.
Devils’ captain Riley McDowall takes the ball and scores a second try for Gympie in a game against Caloundra last year. Nicholas Falconer

Big ask for the Devils

TODAY'S clash means more to the Gympie Devils than most.

Currently sitting towards the bottom of the Sunshine Coast/Gympie ladder, the boys will need to dig deep for a win against Kawana if they are to have a good chance of making it to this year's finals.

Captain Riley McDowall, who just last weekend got an inside look at Kawana's half-back during the 47th Battalion competition, said the Devils had not had the best start this year.

"A loss now would not be good on the ladder," he confessed to the Gympie Times yesterday.

During his time as Falcon's coach McDowall experienced how two of the Dolphins' boys played; giving him a great game plan going into today's home game.

The front-rower said it would be a decent battle between the two sides, which had seen a bit of rivalry over the last couple of years.

Kawana are currently sitting at the top of the table with Caboolture and have won the last five rounds.

"It will be good to play Kawana, they have a pretty star studded team.

"It will be good to topple them."

With the days getting a little chillier, McDowall said the Devils were used to the cold as training nights were really starting to cool down.

They've been focusing on sharpening their attack and one on one defence.

"It's let us down a little in the last few games, hopefully it will click in."

Meanwhile Kawana will be trying to hold on to their undefeated title for this season.

McDowall hoped there would be a big crowd to cheer on the Devils during the home game.

"It's always good to play in front of a home crowd."

 

Team list

1.Ben Santowski

2.Trent Lovett

3.Tim Wyvill

4.Danny McMah

5.Shaun Potter

6.Mitch Heaton

7.Dave Cutler

8.Kurt Flemming

9.Shaun Wilson

10.James Hogan

11.Riley McDowall

12.Kris Kahler

13.Billy Rogers

14.Adam Starr

15.Josh Greaves

16.Reece Coleman

17.Troy Spacie

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