GYMPIE Devils’ coach John Greensill says there will be “no excuses” when his new-look side hits the field against the Noosa Pirates today.
He says the Devils are injury free and “itching to play” the first game of the 2010 Sunshine Coast Gympie Rugby League season.
The team’s major signing this season, ex-Bronco Barry Berrigan, trained well this week, but Greensill is hoping to win the game through his big pack of forwards.
He wants players like Kurt Fleming, Riley McDowell and Trent Callaghan to really take it to the Pirates.
“Noosa are a tough side,” Greensill said.
“They are normally in the top three sides at the coast.
“We have had good form in the pre-season, but they are only trials – the real season starts now,” he said.
In an interesting twist, Berrigan will come up against good friend Dane Campbell (Noosa’s new captain/coach) in the first game.
Berrigan will line up for the Devils at five-eight, while last year’s coach, Darren Burns, will start off the bench.
“We are going to use Burnsie as an impact player,” Greensill said.
“His experience will be invaluable off the bench, and he will make a massive difference when injected into the game.”
Devils squad: 1. Craig Marshall 2. Jarryd Gorman 3. Ben Ashford 4. Ray Ioane 5. Tobs Viravu 6. Barry Berrigan 7. Nick Swan 8. Kurt Fleming 9. Ben Harney 10. Brad English 11. Riley McDowall 12. Kane Ernst 13. Trent Callaghan 14. Jos Koroibulu 15. Danny McMah 16. Darren Burns 17. Michael Dodt.