Twin sisters Jen Whitfield and Bec Briggs fight it out during the women’s league match at Jack Stokes Oval.
Twin sisters Jen Whitfield and Bec Briggs fight it out during the women’s league match at Jack Stokes Oval. Craig Warhurst

Cherbourg game back on for girls

IT was supposed to happen three weeks ago - a league clash between the Lady Devils and Cherbourg as part of the Devils’ Call to the Arms Charity Day.

Unfortunately, the Cherbourg team pulled the pin on the Lady Devils’ first ever match at the last minute. Instead, the Gympie girls divided into two teams to play each other for the charity day.

Now the Lady Devils Cherbourg match will be played tomorrow as part of the Devil’s final home game card.

Coach Phil Webb said Cherbourg not turning up the first week may be a blessing in disguise because the girls got a chance to taste full contact football against each other three weeks ago.

That game started slowly with both Devils’ teams working their way into the match.

After half time the action stepped up a level as the girls started feeling more confident.

They starting hitting the line more often and tackling harder.

A highlight of the match was watching twins Jen Whitfield and Bec Briggs face off against each other.

The pocket dynamos didn’t give the other an inch as they chased each other around Jack Stokes Oval.

The women’s side takes to Jack Stokes Oval at 2pm Saturday and Webb is hoping the girls’ speed will help them win against Cherbourg.

He said the girls had good skill and football knowledge because they all played touch football, but said he had concerns about the girls in defence against Cherbourg.

Devils spokesperson Scott Dodt said he hoped the girls would draw a huge crowd Saturday that would stay for Devils’ match.

“If we win this weekend we virtually guarantee second spot on the ladder and a home final,” Dodt said.

There is plenty of league action at Jack Stokes starting with the ladies game at 2pm followed by the Devils under 18s at 3.15pm, reserve grade at 4.45pm, then the main game at 6.30pm.

Dodt said this weekend would be important for young Devils’ Winger Tobs Viravu and forward Josh Koroibulu because Queensland Cup side Brisbane Norths were coming to have at look at them with the prospect of signing the duo for the 2011 season.

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