History beckons today for Devils
THERE will be no excuses for the A Grade Gympie Devils today as the side hits the road to battle Caloundra for the Sunshine Coast Caloundra RSL Cup minor premiership and Billy Moore Shield.
The match has been described by Devils coach John Greensill as “easily the biggest in the club’s history”.
Two rounds remain in the competition but should the Devils burry competition leaders Caloundra today, the Gympie team will clinch the minor premiership.
It’s a prospect that Gympie Rugby League Club president Scott Dodt brimming with excitement.
“The boys have been in good spirits all week ahead of this big game,” he said.
“They’re pumped and in the right frame of mind to go out there and do what needs to be done to win.”
The Devils have never been in contention for a minor premiership, making today’s game a historic occasion.
Dodt said the Devils once played a semi final over 12 years a go but had not been a serious contender since.
As well as being a chance at bagging the minor premiership silverware, the Devils will also be fighting for the Billy Moore Shield.
Caloundra and Gympie qualified to battle for the shield at the midway point in the season as the competition’s two leading sides.
“The Billy Moore Shield means a lot to us as well, so the boys will throw everything into this game,” Dodt said.
“We’ve never even been remotely in contention, so it’s a big moment.”
Caloundra has been put on notice with the Devils taking almost a full squad into the encounter.
The only player missing is centre Danny McMah, out on representative duties in Darwin playing for a Queensland police side against New South Wales.
Meanwhile, Devils Reserve grade, coached by Greg Rendell, find themselves sitting in exactly the same situation as their A Grade counterparts.
The side will be lining up its shot at minor premiership honours and reserve grade’s equivalent of the Billy Moore Shield.
“It’s been a big year for reserve grade as well,” Dodt said. “It’s great to have both grades playing for so much this weekend.”
Caloundra is at an advantage with home crowd support but Dodt is hoping for a large Gympie contingent to make its presence felt on the sidelines.
A free bus leaves the back of The Royal this morning at 9am for supporters and anyone is welcome.
“The support could make all the difference,” Dodt said.