Gympie Devils player Kurt Fleming is wrapped up in Nambour’s defence launching an assault on the try line. The Devils play the Noosa Pirates today and hope to build their lead at the top of the competition ladder.
Gympie Devils player Kurt Fleming is wrapped up in Nambour’s defence launching an assault on the try line. The Devils play the Noosa Pirates today and hope to build their lead at the top of the competition ladder. Contributed

Devils to take on Pirates

NOTHING gets the fans fired up on the sidelines more than a fierce rivalry between two footy sides out on the field.

And this is exactly what the Gympie Devils will be a part of today when they travel away to grapple with arch rivals, the Noosa Pirates.

The game is important for the Devils as the Gympie outfit seeks to stamp its authority on the Sunshine Coast competition after last week securing an outright lead in the standings.

Obtaining a lead of the leader board came as a result of a 22-16 at home win over the Kawana Dolphins in unusual circumstances.

Half the lights on the Jack Stokes Oval went out suddenly 10 minutes prior to full time with the Devils leading 22-16.

With power unable to be restored, the referee consulted the rule book and it was decided the match would be awarded to the Devils.

It was a decision that didn’t go down well with Kawana, who felt they had been robbed a chance at an 11th hour comeback.

Devils coach John Greensill agreed the victory was unusual but said his boys were “deserving” and were attacking in Kawana’s half at the time of the power failure.

Greensill said Noosa was always tough at home and said the side was running into the game with a streak of form.

“They have won their last three games and are making a run at the moment,” he said.

The Devils will be missing a few players today but Greensill believed his squad had the depth and determination to compensate.

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