Young and old ready for glory
ONE is the Devils’ oldest player at 36, the other, the youngest at 17. Today they will band together to help the Devils bring home their first ever premiership.
Darren Burns and Gympie State High school vice-captain Josh Cumner have only played seven first grade games together, but their association goes back five years.
Back then, ex-Bronco Burns had just moved to Gympie as a league development officer, based at Cumner’s school.
Back then, Cumner was in Year 8, but has now become one of Burns’ success stories.
“He has a great attitude,” Burns said. “He deserves this, you don’t make an A grade side at 17 without being committed.”
Cumner showed his 77kg frame was up to the rigours of finals football in the Devils’ win over Caloundra two weeks ago.
At the beginning of the second half he was picked up by three Caloundra defenders and dumped heavily on his back, only to get up and play the ball straight away.
“It hurt,” Cumner said. “But you soldier on.
“I’m enjoying playing first grade and learning heaps.
“John (Greensill) has got me defending well and just hanging off the forwards, waiting for offloads,” he said.
The grand final will be Burns’ last game for the Devils, after having announced his retirement.
The veteran has been one of the Devils’ best all year.
“I’m still hurting from the Caloundra game,” Burns laughed.
But when it comes to the final, Burns said he will do anything to help bring home the trophy.
“I can’t wait to get out there, I wish it was now,” he said.
“A win will repay all the work put in by volunteers and sponsors to the club.”