Devils muscle up fo semi finals
GYMPIE Devils coach John Greensill expects his players to handle the pressure of tomorrow’s major semi-final against the Nambour Crushers.
The Devils enjoy a home field advantage at Jack Stokes Oval for the epic encounter, deciding the team advancing to play minor premiers Caloundra next weekend.
Caloundra has the bye and should the Devils triumph over Nambour, will challenge the minor premiers for the first place in the grand final next weekend.
Devils coach John Greensill said he had an eager 19-man squad and was preparing to name the side for tomorrow’s clash last night at training.
The Devils trained well Tuesday night and last night’s run at Jack Stokes Oval was more about finetuning and building confidence.
“We have done all the hard work this season with fitness so we just have to build the confidence and sharpen our skills,” he said.
Greensill said any side could look good at training running into air, so the Devils Reserve Grade squad was recruited for a joint session.
“It won’t be full contact but it will be good to train against another team and simulate a game situation,” he said.
The Devils are confident against Nambour having beaten the side convincingly at home on the last two occasions.
Nambour did defeat the Devils on their home turf back in Round 2 but that loss is well forgotten by Gympie.
“It’s a new ball game now that we are in the finals,” Greensill said.
The resurgence of the Devils in this year’s Caloundra RSL Cup has attracted plenty of public support and the weight of expectation is growing.
“There are more eyes on the team now and I think at the start of the season if we won it was a great result but the fans have faith in us now and expect us to win,” Greensill said.
“But the boys have been handling the pressure well this week and are relaxed, although there will be nerves on Sunday.”
While the Gympie Devils and Nambour Crushers fight it out tomorrow with the added comfort of a second chance if needed, Noosa and Kawana will play in a sudden death match.
Kawana has the edge playing at home and the winning team will play the loser of the Devils and Nambour clash next weekend.
“We definitely want to take the direct route to the final,” Greensill said. “A week off while the other two teams battle it out will be a major advantage.”
The Devils run on to Jack Stokes Oval at 3pm tomorrow with Reserve Grade in semi-final action earlier in the day at 1.15pm.