Devils hold third spot
IT could have been far worse for the Gympie Devils, who walked away with a 22-all draw after putting up a hard fight against the Maroochydore Swans at Jack Stokes Oval on Saturday.
Both teams were aiming for a win with Gympie fighting to secure its third-place ranking and Maroochydore aiming to bump the Devils out of it.
Devils coach Kris Kahler said the Gympie-Maroochydore clash brought a good standard of footy and was try-for-try for its duration.
"They played pretty well and we played pretty well," he said.
Kahler said it was a physical game, with so many Devils injured by full-time that the 18-strong team was reduced to only one on the bench and the lack of change meant the team tired.
The recently back-on-deck Ben Jones was out with concussion just 10 minutes into play.
Kahler said that's all the Caloundra RSL A-grade competition will see from Jones this season, with this most recent concussion adding to an already too high tally.
"His health is more important than anything," Kahler said of his former Canberra Raider teammate.
Last week's three-time try-scorer Dave Cutler put on another strong performance on Saturday, clearing three goals and Billy Rogers put down two tries along with single try-scorers Adam Star and Kahler.
Kahler said while a win would have been perfect, he was happy with the draw.
The result kept the Devils in third place on the ladder and held them apart from the fourth-placed Swans by one point.
However, Kahler said for the Devils to keep themselves in third place they couldn't afford to lose a game for the rest of the season.
"I'm pretty happy with third," Kahler said.
It will be a tooth-and-nail fight this weekend for the Devils to hold their placing when they take on second-place Caboolture in another re-do of last year's grand final.
The Devils went down 54-16 to the Snakes earlier this season but had been working their way to top form and hoped to pull a win over the key rivals at Caboolture this Saturday.
"Hopefully we can walk away with a win," Kahler said.
Gympie 22 draws Maroochydore 22
Caboolture 48 def Nambour 8
Noosa 48 def Bribie Island 0
Kawana 20 (won on forfeit) def Beerwah 0
Round 15 fixtures
Beerwah v Bribie Island
Caboolture v Gympie
Nambour v Caloundra
Maroochydore v Kawana