STILL buzzing from an emphatic 38-18 victory over Nambour at home at the weekend, the Gympie Devils hope to maintain the form against Maroochydore this afternoon.
The Gympie boys will be hitting the road for the encounter and coach John Greensill was eager for the challenge.
“The boys are fit and ready to get stuck into Maroochydore,” he said.
The Devils escaped an at times heated encounter with Nambour last weekend with no injuries.
Boosting the team’s prospects today is the return of Darren Burns to the side.
Nick Swan remains sidelined with an inflamed back but the good news is that he should return to the side within three to four weeks.
“Initially we thought he may have had back fractures, which would have been far more serious,” Greensill said.
“His expected time out has been cut in half, which is the best news.”
While Burns slips back into the squad, Barry Berrigan will be rested to help heal a niggling shoulder injury he has been carrying since the start of the season.
Greensill said with a bye next weekend, it was a perfect opportunity for Berrigan to give his shoulder a break.
Overall, the Devils are outright second on the ladder by one point behind Caloundra. Kawana is currently sitting in third.
A supporters’ bus has been organised for today’s match and seats are available. Ring Scott Dodt this morning (0400 719 954) to declare interest.