Tom Daunt is keen to play in today’s first round fixture against Maroochydore.
Tom Daunt is keen to play in today’s first round fixture against Maroochydore. Craig Warhurst

Broncos watch Devils

THE Gympie Devils are heading into today's first round fixture with high hopes, after smashing Caloundra last weekend.

Playing under the eyes of Brisbane Broncos players, the Devils will be giving their all to defeat Maroochydore.

Junior development officer Darren Burns said the four Broncos players would be arriving at Jack Stokes Oval to watch the A grade game.

"David Hala, Andrew McCullough, Dale Copley and Corey Norman will all be at the game, if they pull up all right from last night's NRL fixture," he said. "Fans are welcome to come down and meet the Broncos players, while cheering on their local team."

Burns will be playing for A grade, which will kick-off at 6.30pm. Gympie Rugby League president Jim Bougoure said the team was confident after last weekend's win.

"They are in high spirits after defeating Caloundra 50-10," he said. "The 18s and reserve grade are also looking to start their season strong."

After narrowly losing to Maroochydore in the pre-season games, Bougoure said the Devils were missing several players during the match.

"We were unfortunate to go down 16-8 but we had several players missing. With Kris Kahler and Darren Burns returning, it takes pressure off the reserves that have otherwise been filling in."

The U18 side is confident heading into the first round, after some great performances in the pre-season.

Assistant coach Jericho Jackson said if the side showed up switched on and ready to play, they could beat anyone.

"In our game against Noosa last week, we let them run over us in the first half," he said. "Hopefully we can execute our game plan today and play to our strengths."

 

Game Times

Jack Stokes Oval

Under18 - 3.15pm

Reserve grade - 4.45pm

A grade - 6.30pm

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