The Gympie Devils must win today’s home clash against the Kawana Dolphins to remain at the top of the Sunshine Coast competition ladder.
The Gympie Devils must win today’s home clash against the Kawana Dolphins to remain at the top of the Sunshine Coast competition ladder. Craig Warhurst

Devils to take on Kawana

A WEEK after blitzing the Caloundra Sharks at Albert Park before a record home crowd, the Gympie Devils rugby league side backs up this evening in an equally important clash against the Kawana Dolphins.

The Devils will band together against Kawana at home and coach John Greensill was hopeful of another bumper crowd to cheer the side to victory.

“The crowd against Caloundra last weekend was amazing, so if we can get support like that again at home, it would be a major boost for the boys,” he said.

Beating Caloundra last week allowed the Devils to gain control of top spot on the Sunshine Coast competition ladder.

The victory dislodged Caloundra from the top of the ladder and ended their winning run in the season.

However, there is little room to move at the pointy end of the competition standings.

The Devils are first, followed by Caloundra, Kawana and Nambour.

A win or loss at this stage can shuffle the leading four teams like a deck of playing cards.

Greensill said playing Kawana was “crucial” – as much as last week’s game as a feature of the centenary of Gympie league celebrations.

“Kawana is snapping at our heels and this is game we need to win,” he said.

“If we lose this match, we will lose our outright lead.”

Reaching the top of the ladder is one thing for the Devils but with that now achieved, attention is falling on building a healthy buffer.

The Devils coach said a buffer would give “breathing room” and margin for error.

Working in favour for the Devils ahead of this evening’s clash against Kawana is the Gympie side is yet to lose on its home turf.

It’s an imposing record and one Greensill says his players are not willing to give up lightly.

“It means a lot for us to hold onto our winning record at home,” he said. “That was one of our major goals at the start of the season.”

Out of action today for the Devils is leading second rower Darren Burns. Stepping in to fill his shoes will be Kane Ernst.

The action at Jack Stokes Oval kicks off this afternoon with the Under 18 match at 3.15pm, followed by Reserve Grade at 4.30pm and A Grade at 6.30pm.

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