Devils face a bulked up Kawana
GYMPIE Devils rugby league coach John Greensill is tipping tomorrow’s home trial match against the Kawana Dolphins to be a greater challenge than the outing against the Dalby Diehards a fortnight ago.
The trial game is to be played at White’s Gully and the Devils are unlikely to find the freedom on the field they enjoyed against Dalby.
But Greensill says the confidence-boosting 42-12 victory over Dalby bodes well for his side.
“The game against Dalby was good for our confidence and gave us a bit of form,” he said.
That said, Greensill was keeping the victory within perspective.
“It’s easy to look good against an ordinary side, so while it was a good result it’s not something for us to get ahead of ourselves with.”
Against Kawana, the trial game will act a measuring stick for Greensill in assessing just how well his team is coming along ahead of the opening round of the Sunshine Coast competition.
“Kawana is a good side, so I will be able to see our strengths and weaknesses and get a better picture,” he said.
The Devils will practically be at full strength for the encounter, but Kawana will be a tough prospect after recruiting well during the off-season.
The coastal team has bought heavily from other Sunshine Coast teams, and the successful raids have caught the eye of Greensill.
However, the Devils are busy blooding four recruits of their own, including two New Zealand players and a talented pair from Fiji.
With the four players integrating well with the Devils, the match will reveal just how potent the new Devils outfit has become.
Public support is encouraged for the game, getting underway at White’s Gully, Stanley Street, tomorrow afternoon from 3pm.
The action gets underway earlier in the day with the under-18 side playing at 11.45am and the reserve grade team running on at 1.30pm.