Devils to battle on after defeat

THE Gympie Devils A Grade side will dust off a disappointing loss last Sunday against minor premiers Caloundra to battle Kawana away today.

Playing away at Shark Park last weekend, the Devils lost in the dying stages of the battle against Caloundra 38-28, missing out on a chance at securing the Gympie club’s first minor premiership and Billy Moore Shield.

The Devils came close to adding a glorious new chapter to the club’s history, only to be denied by a stunning Caloundra fight back.

With the loss now firmly behind them, the Devils play Kawana in the last round of ordinary competition today.

Devils coach John Greensill said the game had plenty riding on it.

“We have made the semi finals and will play Nambour but the venue will be determined by the weekend’s results,” he said.

Should the Devils roll Kawana, the Gympie team will be assured of a home game semi final.

However, if Nambour defeats Caloundra and the Devils lose, Nambour will secure a home game semi final.

“Nambour is trailing us by one point on the ladder so the boys know this game is crucial,” Greensill said.

“We also want to make up for the disappointment of last week and get a winning attitude back heading into the finals.”

The game itself is promising plenty of spice as Kawana has a huge axe to grind with the Devils.

Last time both sides met at Jack Stokes, the lights went out in the second half and the referee, adhering to the rule book, handed the game to the Devils as they were leading at the time.

“Kawana has not been able to get over that,” Greensill said.

“There have been claims of us turning the lights out on purpose and that they were robbed, so there will be plenty of feeling on the field.”

The Devils are at near full strength with the return of Danny McMah from representative duties and the availability of Riley McDowell despite receiving 15 stiches to the head after the Caloundra match.

Today’s game kicks off at 6.30pm in Kawana.

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