Devils reserves feel uncertainty

GYMPIE Devils reserve grade coach Greg Rendell is feeling unsettled about his side ahead of a pre-season trial match against the Kawana Dolphins tomorrow.

Rendell said the Devils outfit was still lacking a lot of players and was plagued by uncertainty.

“We have lost a lot of players from last year, where we had a great squad, and we are trying to get them back on board,” he said.

The uncertainty means the Devils coach has been left hanging filling positions on the field and getting a firm idea of how his team will look ahead of the season.

“I will be trying out some positions against Kawana, but at this stage there is a lot we don’t know,” he said.

“It’s our first proper hit out as a team as well.”

Although a trial, the Devils coach said it was important to put in a good showing and hunt for the win. But it won’t be easy.

Kawana spent their off-season raiding Sunshine Coast teams for talented players and the exercise has been a success.

“It’s definitely had a filter down effect for Kawana’s reserve grade side,” Rendell said.

“A number of their A-grade players are now in the reserves, and that just makes the team a much stronger opponent.”

The Gympie Devils reserve grade side was a potent force in the Sunshine Coast competition last year, challenging for the premiership before pulling up short.

Managing to recapture that dominance this year will require the side to bolster its numbers.

The team trains at White’s Gully each Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm.

Rendell said new and returning players were welcome to attend.

Gympie Times