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Devils put to the final test

THE Gympie Devils are calling on as many supporters as possible to travel to Nambour today to help bring home the Sunshine Coast/Gympie Rugby League premiership.

The Devils play the Nambour Crushers at the Nambour Showgrounds in what will be a home grand final for the Crushers.

Gympie coach John Greensill said his team needed as much support as possible to drown out the Nambour supporters.

“The boys have been training well, we just need support now,” Greensill said.

The Devils had their final training last night, followed by for dinner and ten pin bowling.

Today they will leave early for the coast, play a bit of beach cricket and have lunch before heading to the showgrounds.

Greensill said the idea was to keep the team together and out of the spotlight so they could think about their football.

He said to beat Nambour at home the Devils needed to be focused on the game.

“We had a good chat about what has and hasn’t worked when playing Nambour,” Greensill said.

“We need to hold them out in the first 20 minutes and not let them score.

“No early tries – we need to stop that straight away.”

He said in the games Nambour had beaten Gympie, they had gotten away to ‘a flyer’ and the Devils were unable to reel them in.

Nambour captain Rohan Molineux said his men would have to work hard to control Gympie’s big forward pack.

“They’re going to be very tough, we have to be very solid in defence,” he said.

“It’s like they say, defence wins grand finals. There’s no easy way to stop them really. Des (Allen) said to us, you’ve got to put your body on the line to try to stop them.” But he said Nambour’s young side had plenty of strike power with many players in the squad capable of playing state league and going on to take higher representative honours.

“The guys coming through, they’ve got that enthusiasm. You can’t teach that,” he said.

“There are a lot of skilful players in the side and the experience they gain from this game is going to help them down the line.”

The Gympie Devil’s have said there is still room on buses if anyone would like to come and support them.

Supporters can ring Scott Dodt on 0400 719 954 or Rebecca Heaton on 0414 582 444 to book.

The bus leaves at 1pm from Jack Stokes Oval. Devils merchandise – including shirts, hats, stubby coolers and devil horns – will be available for purchase before the busleaves.

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