Devils’ Riley McDowall played with 15 stitches in his head from a laceration received against Caloundra a week ago to help steer Gympie to victory over Kawana at the weekend. The win has ensured the Devils a home game semi final against the Nambour Crushers this Sunday.
Devils’ Riley McDowall played with 15 stitches in his head from a laceration received against Caloundra a week ago to help steer Gympie to victory over Kawana at the weekend. The win has ensured the Devils a home game semi final against the Nambour Crushers this Sunday. Contributed

Devils secure a home semi-final

THE Gympie Devils have lined up a home game semi-final clash with the Nambour Crushers this weekend after banishing the Kawana Dolphins at the weekend.

Hitting the road for the encounter, the Devils shrugged off the disappointment of losing the Billy Moore Shield and surrendering the minor premiership to Caloundra the week before to hand Kawana a footy lesson, winning 32-10.

Coach John Greensill was rapt with his side’s performance after an initial sluggish start had the home crowd feeling hopeful.

“We started off pretty poorly but we got back into the game and got the win,” he said.

“It’s given us a home game semi against Nambour this weekend and that’s what we set out to do.”

Nambour defeated Caloundra 28-22 at home at the weekend but was relying on a Devils’ defeat to ensure a home crowd advantage for the semi-final clash against Gympie.

Greensill said the Devils were now preparing for a new phase in the Caloundra RSL Cup with the arrival of the finals.

“It’s pretty much a new competition now,” he said.

“We have to forget about dropping the minor premiership and think of this weekend’s game against Nambour as a new start.”

Gympie and Nambour have met three times this season and the Devils carry an edge heading into the semi-final showdown at Jack Stokes Oval this Sunday.

Nambour defeated the Devils back in the second round on their home turf but have found little joy since, suffering heavy defeats twice to the Gympie outfit at Jack Stokes Oval.

“We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves but we are at home and we have a good record against Nambour,” Greensill said.

“The boys should be feeling confident and we just have to execute to advance.”

Caloundra, as minor premiers, has the weekend off but will return to the heat of battle next week against the winner of the Devils and Nambour clash. The team to win this encounter will advance to the grand final.

Should the Devils lose this weekend and forgo an opportunity for automatic pass to the grand final, the Gympie team will have a second chance but will be left with plenty of ground to cover.

The Devils will be in action at Jack Stokes Oval this Sunday in the semi against the Nambour Crushers at 3pm. Reserve grade plays earlier at 1.15pm in its semi-final against Caboolture.

Gympie Times


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