Devils boast flawless record
A CONVINCING 34-6 victory over the Caboolture Snakes at the weekend has maintained the Gympie Devils’ flawless record at home this season.
Playing their last home game before an enthusiastic crowd Saturday evening, the Devils struggled to put a foot wrong in sending Caboolture home wounded.
“Winning every home game was our main aim heading into the season and the boys really stepped up to the occasion,” Devils coach John Greensill said.
Winning every home game is a major boost for the Devils as the team closes in on the minor premiership.
Following the weekend’s win, the Devils are one point behind current leaders Caloundra on the competition ladder while shaping up as a major threat for the premiership.
Just two rounds remain for the Devils ahead of the finals and securing a top two finish in the standings ensures the Gympie outfit of a home game semi-final.
The minor premiership appears likely to be decided this weekend as the Devils shape up to Caloundra in enemy territory.
A game that will be every promoter’s dream, the clash of the competition’s two big heavyweights also doubles as a contest for the coveted Billy Moore Shield.
“It’s the biggest game the club has ever played in its history,” Greensill said.
Both Gympie and Caloundra qualified to compete for the shield as the top two teams at the midway point in the season.
Greensill tipped fireworks for the big game. “Playing away will make the match even tougher,” he said.
Last time both sides met in Gympie, the Devils came out victorious 34-6 – a result Caloundra is keen to avenge.
“We had a period of a few weeks there where our form dipped a little but we have bounced back strongly and we are playing solid footy at the moment,” Greensill said.
Following the Caloundra game, the Devils hit the road again to play Kawana.
Gympie league fans are thrilled with the performance of the Devils this season, announcing Gympie’s return to the form after years of hardship and lacklustre results.
Scoring for Gympie were Ratu Viravu, Ben Ashford, Danny McMah, Nick Swan, Shaun Wilson and Trent Callaghan. Nick Swan was in form with the boot to convert five goals.
Caboolture’s only try for the one-sided match came from Steve Tyler before being converted by Rory McLeod, preventing a whitewash.
The Devils return to training this week to finetune their attack ahead of the epic clash against competition leaders Caloundra this weekend.