GYMPIE’S Shaun Wilson made his debut for the A Grade Devils at the weekend and it couldn’t have gone any better.
The Devils took to their home turf at Jack Stokes for the first time this season and turned on the form to trounce Maroochydore 44-22.
Leading 30-6 at half time, the Devils never once appeared in trouble in a match that was full of one-way traffic.
Coach John Greensill was ecstatic with the result achieved in front of a passionate home crowd that braved wet conditions.
“It was very convincing in the end, and we couldn’t have wished for a better outcome,” he said.
“We had a big lead at half time and we just managed to dominate from start to finish.”
Greensill was particularly excited with the form of Wilson, who was able to show his prowess on the cricket field is equally matched during a game of league.
“Shaun really played well,” Greensill said. “He was promoted to the side because of his form and he didn’t disappoint.”
Wilson was showered in praise for his strong defence and confidence, despite being thrown into Sunshine Coast top grade footy for the first time.
Greensill now says Wilson, who played five-eighth against Maroochydore, will be in contention for a more permanent role in the side.
The coach is expecting a headache in the coming weeks when sitting down with team officials to select a side.
“It’s going to be hard to pick a side but that’s a sign of our depth so it’s a good problem to have,” Greensill said.
In the game, the Devils set the tone early on when they crossed during the first set of six.
Maroochydore, stung by the early offensive, attempted to regroup but the Devils applied relentless pressure to wear their rivals down.
The scoring for the home team was shared across the board. Ratu Viravu crossed twice while Ray Ione, Michael Blake, Danny McMah, Kane Ernst, Michael Dodt and Joshua Koroibu each scored once.
Meanwhile, Nick Swan chimed in with an impressive six conversions from eight attempts to demonstrate fine form with the boot.
In Reserve grade, coach Greg Rendell had plenty to celebrate when his troops followed the lead of their A grade counterparts to rub salt into the wounds of Maroochydore.
Winning 56-8, the Devils reserves proved devastating in both attack and defence, pinning Maroochydore down and refusing to allow their challengers any space to move.
“It was a pretty convincing win for us,” Rendell said.
“The boys played well and it was a good result for the team.”
Glen Kennedy proved a decisive factor in the battle, scoring a mighty 22 points to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Most Valuable Player points went to James Hogan while Rendell said all players pitched in to post one of team’s most brutal performances.
The Devils enjoy a bye this weekend before building ahead of their next round clash.