Devils dig in to thrash Bulldogs
GYMPIE would not let a resolute Beerwah get a mark on the scoreboard when they clashed at the Bulldog’s home ground on Saturday night.
Coach John Greensil said the Devils won 46 – nil.
“It was a pretty dominant display,” he said.
Last week Greensil said Gympie was ready to bite back at Beerwah after they were awarded a match earlier in the year.
Beerwah had been ahead in points to the Devils when the lights went out at Jack Stokes. Because they were ahead, they were given the game.
On Saturday night the history books were re-written.
“We scored our first try in the first couple of minutes,” Greensil said.
But he did not put the win down to a determined Gympie wanting to make up for the disappointing loss earlier in the year.
“Our blokes were pretty focussed. Our defence is where we want it, it has improved.
“They’re starting to really hit their straps. We’ve won six in a row now.”
Greensil admitted Beerwah were not one of the top teams, but said it was still a good effort to keep them at bay for the whole game.
“We did everything asked by us and needed a decent win to help us in the for and against. Now we are on equal second.”
First-time A-grade player Ben Santowski scored two tries during the game.
“Ben’s been playing really well. He came in from the under 18s last year and stood up well.”
Greensil said some of the younger players were fighting for their positions with Darren Burns, Brad English, Trent Callaghan, Tim Wivell and Hayden Curran ready to play next week.
Out of those five, two or three would be definite starters, but “it’s going to be a toss up”.
Santowski, however, would definitely be holding his spot.
Other try scorers were Jake Harvey 1, Ben Ashford 2, Craig Marshall 1, Shaun Wilson 1 and Billy Rogers 1, while Craig Marshall made 7 goals.
Best players on the night were Shaun Wilson, Riley McDowell and Craig Marshall.
Greensil said his boys put in a top effort with a few long range goals on the night.
With about four games left this season, the coach said the Devils were in a better position than six weeks ago.
And the reigning champs are on track to make it into this year’s finals.
Tries: Jake Harvey 1, Ben Santowski 2, Ben Ashford 2, Craig Marshall 1, Shaun Wilson 1, Billy Rogers 1. Goal: Craig Marshall 7
Tries, Goals: nil