Ben Harney looks to have succumbed to a shoulder injury and is out for the rest of the year.
Ben Harney looks to have succumbed to a shoulder injury and is out for the rest of the year. Craig Warhurst

Gympie Devils' injury list grows

JUST as Gympie Devils' coach Kris Kahler thinks things can't get much worse, they do.

The Devils had another ordinary day on the football paddock going down 16-14 to the Nambour Crushers on Saturday.

After two losses in a row, the Devils have slipped out of the top five and find themselves in seventh position on the Caloundra RSL Cup ladder.

The loss was bad enough, but Kahler said playmaker Ben Harney was also out for the rest of the season after injuring his shoulder again.

Harney's loss was a cruel blow for the Devils who have had more than their share of injuries this year.

Last week, grand-final-winning five-eighth Craig Marshall retired from the game with a neck injury and former Queensland Cup halfback Nick Swan was also out for another few weeks.

"Losing those guys is putting pressure on our play-making stocks," Kahler said.

"We have a bye next week and hopefully that will buy us some time."

On Saturday night, the Devils looked like the better side for the majority of the match.

Kahler said the Devils lost the game themselves.

"We had to earn our tries," he said.

"Theirs were soft, off the back of our errors and silly penalties."

The Devils and the Crushers each scored three tries at a muddy Crusher Park, goal kicking was the only difference.

"Considering the conditions, we didn't play too bad," Kahler said.

"It was pretty muddy, everyone dug deep, it was a pretty physical game.

"But the same things happened as last week - we made silly errors.

"We are not getting into the grind of the game."

Kahler said the side was a little impatient and lacked concentration at times.

"We definitely have an issue not playing 80 minutes," he said.

"We lose concentration for five, 10 minutes, let in soft tries and all of a sudden we have a game on our hands instead of running away with it."

The best players on the field for the Devils on Saturday were the usual suspects of Billy Rogers, Riley McDowall, Shaun Wilson and Adam Starr.

Kahler said the Devils forwards had been laying down platform all year.

"We aren't taking advantage of it," he said.

"Pretty much every game our forward pack has dominated but the result hasn't reflected the effort.

"We haven't found the try line as much as I would like.

"We are getting plenty of opportunities, we are not finishing off, the last pass isn't sticking."

 

SCORE BOARD

Devils v Crushers

NAMBOUR CRUSHERS 16 ( M. Olzard, S. Millar, J. Madsen tries. S. Millar two goals.)

GYMPIE DEVILS 14 (B. Ashford, B. Harney, S. Wilson tries. D. Cutler goal)

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