Devils earn a week off
THE Gympie Devils rugby league side is joint leaders of the Caloundra RSL Cup with Nambour, but that could change this weekend.
Devils coach John Greensill said his team had the bye, giving Nambour a golden opportunity to nudge ahead as they tackle Maroochydore.
“Should Nambour win, they could get ahead by two points,” he said.
“We will have to sit back and see what happens and what situation we will be faced with next week.”
The upside for the Devils is the week following Nambour travels to Gympie to play the team on its home turf at Jack Stokes Oval.
A match between the competition’s two leading sides promises to pack plenty of punch.
To date, Nambour is the only side to have toppled the Devils in their otherwise near-flawless run.
The Devils are finding themselves in unchartered territory at the top of the Sunshine Coast competition ladder after many years of hardship.
Greensill said the changes started to happen last year but were gaining real momentum this season.
“It’s not something that has just clicked this season,” he said.
“The changes we had to make were starting to happen last season and we are enjoying the benefits of our hard work.”
The Devils have recruited well this season, sourcing talent from Fiji and New Zealand in addition to Brisbane talent Fletcher Holmes.
But it’s not all imported talent that has turned the Devils’ fortunes around from cellar-dwellers to genuine contenders.
“A lot of our existing players have really stepped up,” Greensill said.
“There’s been a massive improvement in a number of our players that is just adding to our strength as a team.”
As excited as Greensill is about the newfound form for the Devils, he is most pleased with the response from the club’s fans.
“It’s rewarding for our fans for sure,” he said.
“We’ve had a number of bad years but the fans have stood by us and their patience is paying off.”
The winning culture is back in the Devils’ hearts and that can be all that is needed to propel the side to the finals and, perhaps, grand final glory.
While the A grade Devils enjoy a break, Reserve grade and Under 18 players will be in action tonight against Beerwah at Jack Stokes. Action gets underway from 3pm.