Big win for Gympie but an injured Walker exits early
THE Gympie Devils found their feet in the weekend's 50-10 victory over the Caloundra Sharks, despite an early departure from star recruit Chris Walker.
Coach John Greensill was happy to have a full team and said it was great for the boys to pull a win after a shaky start.
"With the return of Kris Kahler and also Chris Walker and Tom Daunt debuting, it was the first week we weren't scrambling for players," he said.
"The win will definitely boost our confidence leading into this weekend's first round fixture."
Greensill said standout performances from Kahler, Reece Coleman and new recruit Mark Berkery helped the side gain an edge over Caloundra.
"Although these boys played well, the team played exceptionally overall, with every player doing their part in the game," he said.
Gympie Rugby League president Jim Bougoure was happy to see the local side snatch its first win of the year.
"Hopefully it can boost their confidence ahead of this weekend's game against Maroochydore," he said.
In Walker's first game for the side, he was unfortunate to tear his groin in the third tackle.
Bougoure said that the injury was only minor and hopes Walker can make a quick recovery so he can play in upcoming fixtures.
The NRL star recently signed with the Devils and hopes to play as many games as possible but is restricted due to work commitments.
Still only in the pre-season, the Devils will train twice this week in anticipation for the first round fixture this weekend against Maroochydore.
Narrowly going down to the side earlier in the pre-season the Devils will be looking for revenge against the tough side.
Greensill said his team was missing players in the game, causing an upset in the second half.
"We were leading at half-time and unfortunately they stormed over us at the end," he said.
"This week we are missing Kris Kahler but the boys' spirits are up after this weekend's dominant display."
The score line of 34-26 indicates it was a close match, with Greensill expecting Maroochydore to have also improved since their last encounter.
Playing at home this weekend, Bougoure encourages anybody wanting to support their local side to head down to Jack Stokes to cheer them on.
U18s had a bye at the weekend after a stellar performance in the pre-season.
For more information or to sign up for rugby league phone Jim Bougoure on 0400 719 954.