Devils cut it fine against the Noosa Pirates
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Gympie Devils division two side had a close call against the Noosa Pirates last Saturday, winning by two points.
The undefeated Gympie Devils left their comeback to the last minute this week, leaving limited time on the clock to snatch a win and maintain top spot on the Sunshine Coast Gympie division two rugby league competition ladder.
Gympie Devils captain Michael Plate said they only won in the final minutes of the game at Noosa after a length-of-the-field try by James West and a goal by Lachlan Garrels to secure the 16-14 win.
"It was amazing to watch," he said. "It was a very tough game."
The Devils knew it would be a tight game as the A-grade Northern Outlaws side is made up of Gympie and Noosa players and the clubs have bonded impressively.
"We had a few too many dropped balls and gave away a lot of penalties," Plate said.
"Noosa was a very tough side through the middle.
"We were lucky to get away with the win as Noosa were on top for most of the game".
Plate said Josh Greaves was awarded players' player for the match for the way he led the team around the park.
"He put a lot of pressure on Noosa with his kicking game," Plate said.
The Devils division two team was glad to have the Gympie Devils under-18 players step up and fill in where needed.
He said Jacob Friske, Lachlan Garrels and others from the under-18s were a big help for the reserve grade team.
The Devils will rest up this week with no game scheduled this Saturday and have decided to only train once this week.
The Gympie side's next game will be against Bribie Island and will hopefully be at full strength.
"It will be good for us to rest up injuries and come back to doing fitness," he said.