Injuries take toll on Devils
JAMES Hogan knew things weren't going well for the Devils when he saw team-mate Shaun Potter wheeled into the Gympie Hospital emergency ward on Saturday night.
Hogan was at the hospital waiting to have seven stiches inserted in a long gash above his right eye after a nasty head clash in their A-grade rugby league match against the Kawana Dolphins at Jack Stokes Oval.
Potter was helped into the emergency ward with suspected knee ligament damage. The Devils' winger will see the Broncos medical staff today to see how bad the injury is.
If it is medial ligament damage he could be out for the rest of the season.
Coach Kris Kahler said the injuries couldn't come at a worse time for the Devils.
He said along with Hogan and Potter, Kane Ernst also re-injured a troublesome knee.
The Devils have struggled all year with injury and have never put a full strength side on the field.
This week's injuries have added to the season ending injuries of five-eight Craig Marshall, hooker Ben Harney and other niggling injuries to key players.
Kahler said despite the injury toll the Devils played their best football of the year for 75 minutes.
"It's the same old story," Kahler said.
"We played really well and were leading all the game and only had two players on the bench for most of the match.
"We did all right and hung in there until five minutes to go.
"They scored to go in front for the first time in the game."
The Devils lost 18-12.
Kahler said if the Devils had their full complement of players they would have been able to hold Kawana out.
"We had a lot of players who had to play 80 minutes," he said.
Big prop forward Hogan wasn't one of those players.
He lasted just two minutes after coming off the bench.
"I went in for a tackle and clashed heads with Billy Rogers," Hogan said.
He wiped his face and saw a lot of blood, he said.
"When I went off the first-aid officer had a look and was going to tape me up and send me back out, but when she had a second look she thought I had better get some stitches."
Hogan's injury has come just as he is about to head for an overseas holiday - a cruise of the Mediterranean.
One of the only positives is the Devils have an easier game this week against bottom-of-the table Bribie Island and then have a bye.
"Hopefully we will be starting to get a couple of guys back and start to turn our season around," Kahler said.
Gympie are now second bottom on the Caloundra RSL Cup table after nine rounds.