Gympie Devils bag first round victory to kickstart campaign
GYMPIE Devils stormed to victory in their first round fixture at the weekend, defeating Maroochydore 20-12.
Charging to a 14-0 lead in the early moments of the home game, Gympie looked to be the stronger side.
"We had an ideal start to the game after taking the early lead," coach John Greensill said.
"It all looked to be going well until injuries struck."
With three players sidelined during the match, Greensill was proud of his side for holding composure.
"At one point we only had two players on the bench," he said.
"It was worrying but thankfully we held strong and pulled off the win."
Scoring three tries for the Devils, Josh Greaves had an impressive match.
"Josh has played several seasons for the Devils and is improving every year," Greensill said.
The Devils appear to be finding form after demolishing Caloundra last weekend despite struggling in the early stages of the pre-season.
Nambour will be the Devils' next obstacle following a weekend on the sidelines and is expected to throw everything they've got at Gympie to record a season's first win. Nambour lost 28-46 to Bribie Island at the weekend.
Meanwhile, the Devils' U18 team was unfortunate to post a loss after falling to Maroochydore 40-36.
The local side looked to have the game won after cruising to a 30-18 lead just after half-time.
Coach Ben Harney said his side got too comfortable with the margin, giving Maroochydore the chance to get back into the game.
Breaking through the Devils defence, the Maroochydore team capitalised on Gympie's mistakes to seize the lead 34-30.
Dean Bull looked to have won the game for the Devils after a sensational try in the dying moments but the lead proved short-lived.
A Devils' mistake gave Maroochydore the chance to score in the last 30 seconds of the game and steal the win.
Reserve grade was also unfortunate to go down 20-26 in its first round fixture.
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