Gympie’s Darren Burns celebrates a 2010 victory. The Devils’ stalwart will bolster the 2013 playing ranks.
Gympie’s Darren Burns celebrates a 2010 victory. The Devils’ stalwart will bolster the 2013 playing ranks. Cade Mooney

Devils' player woes

RUGBY league fanatics will gather at Albert Park this Saturday to watch the Sunshine Coast Rugby League pre-season grand finals.

Gympie Rugby League president Jim Bougoure said the pre-season competition had been great for the Devils to realise their early problems before the season's start.

"We have really struggled with numbers in the open teams," he said.

"Hopefully we can sign on some more players between now and the start of the season in two weeks."

With four of the north and four of the south teams forming separate pools in the pre-season, they now cross over and play a respective team depending were they sit in their pool.

Following a rough game against powerhouse Noosa at the weekend, the Devils placed last in their pool and play fellow cellar dwellers Caloundra this weekend.

Bougoure said the score line of 74-6 wasn't a true indicator due to the Devils resorting to fielding exhausted players from Gympie's reserve grade.

"Each week in the pre-season the reserve grade boys have had to step up and fill the gaps in A-grade," Bougoure said.

"It's great to see the commitment from the reserve grade but after a full length match it's impossible to keep up with the fresh legs of the opposition."

This weekend's match against Caloundra is looking promising, Bougoure said.

"Darren Burns and Kris Kahler will be returning to the side giving the team some well-needed experience," he said.

Last week's double try scorer Jack Morris was unable to save his under-18 team from going down 34-10.

Coach Ben Harney said the side wasn't switched on in the first half leading to a 32-0 lead for Noosa.

Reserve grade couldn't keep up with Noosa's pace resulting in a 72-0 thrashing at half-time causing the game to be called off.

Bougoure has urged anybody wanting to play for the Devils this season to call him on 0400719954 or Craig on 0439948612.

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