Devils U13 clinch final
THE Gympie Devils A Grade side has a date with destiny this weekend, facing off against the Nambour Crushers for the Caloundra RSL Cup premiership.
Giving the senior club a boost of motivation has been the outstanding performance of the Devils Under 13 outfit, disposing of Caloundra 20-6 in its grand final clash at the weekend.
Coach Rob White was thrilled with the win after the Gympie boys were down 6-4 at half time.
“I’m really proud of the boys and the way they fought for the win,” he said.
“They stuck together and showed plenty of team spirit.”
After being down 6-4 at half time, White fired up his troops before the game resumed.
“I told them to get back to basics and stick to the game plan,” he said.
“They went back out there and turned the game around.”
White tipped the side, should it stay together next year, to be a real force in the Sunshine Coast competition.
“They are a very competitive side and I think they will again be making the top four next year if they stick together as a team,” he said.
Meanwhile, the news was not so good for the Devils Under 15 side, coached by Kev Hooker.
In its grand final clash against Stanley Rivers, the team went down 16-10.
Hooker said the boys were disappointed with the result after the final siren.
“They beat Stanley Rivers really easily in the major semi and I think they were expecting a similar result,” he said.
“That said, they didn’t have the right mindset and by the time they tried to address it, it was too late and the match got away on them.”
The Gympie team was trailing 10-nil at half time and although the Devils rallied to level the score, Stanley Rivers found a new gear to surge once more ahead to clinch the win.
Despite being disappointed with the grand final loss, Hooker said the team could be proud about its season and what it had acheived.
“We started the season with three goals, including winning the minor premiership, being undefeated at home and winning the premiership,” he said.
“We managed the first but just fell at the last hurdle on the premiership.”