Gympie Devils captain-coach Kris Kahler (pictured offloading the ball) is in need of open players for the coming season.
Gympie Devils captain-coach Kris Kahler (pictured offloading the ball) is in need of open players for the coming season. Craig Warhurst

Devils don’t have much in reserve

WHAT I hate about sport this week is how the Devils are struggling to fill their open teams this season.

The former powerhouse of Sunshine Coast Rugby League has hit a wall, losing every game in the pre-season competition so far.

After making every grand final in the past three years, the Devils expected to maintain that form this year, how

ever, a lack of players is proving too much for the side.

Because of A-grade falling short of numbers, reserve grade players are required to fill the gaps after playing 80 minutes for their own team.

President of Gympie Rugby League Jim Bougoure said that it was great to see reserve graders step up, but they could not keep up with the fresh legs of A-grade opponents.

"The commitment some of the reserve grade players are showing is great but the

underlying factor is that they are competing against fully rested and fresh players," he said.

"By the second half the fatigue really kicks in and the boys can't compete."

Surely within our Gympie community there are people wanting to step up and play for their home town.

Bougoure said the Devils side had great potential this year.

"The team has experienced players like Kris Kahler and Darren Burns in the line-up. It's just that we have no depth," he said.

Burns has made a comeback this season in an attempt to help out the struggling side.

Bougoure hopes the pre-season competition has identified problems within the Devils side early, giving them time to pull together before the season's start next weekend.

Playing in the Sunshine Coast Gympie Rugby League pre-season finals this weekend, the Devils will go up against fellow bottom dwellers Caloundra at Albert Park.

For any inquires or to sign up for the open team, call Jim Bougoure on 0400 719 954 or Craig on 0439 948 612.

 

Good week

Tim Atkin winning the victorian production sedan title in his first time ever racing outside of Queensland.

Bad week

The Gympie Devils under-18 team has failed to go unbeaten in the pre-season after losing to Noosa 34-10 at the weekend.

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