Reserve Devils captain Lee Mason and coach Greg Rendell hope the side can keep its finals hopes alive tomorrow.
Reserve Devils captain Lee Mason and coach Greg Rendell hope the side can keep its finals hopes alive tomorrow. Craig Warhurst

Now or never for reserves

IT'S sudden death finals footy for the Gympie Devils Reserve Grade side tomorrow, travelling to Nambour to take on Noosa.

While Caboolture and Caloundra battle it out for a place in the grand final, the Devils are fighting for survival.

Should the Devils win tomorrow, the Gympie team will play the losing team between Caboolture and Caloundra for the last remaining place in the grand final.

Gympie Rugby League president Scott Dodt was confident of the Devils Reserve Grade pushing past Noosa.

“Last time we beat Noosa quite comfortably, so that gives us some confidence,” he said.

Dodt, however, was expecting a bulked up a Noosa outfit with Noosa A Grade bundled out of the A Grade finals race.

“They might introduce a few A Grade players into the side which will make the team more difficult to beat,” he said.

The competition has rules in place that restrict the number A Grade players able to join a Reserve Grade team in a preliminary final.

A certain number of games must be played for Reserve Grade and Dodt expected a handful players to beef up Noosa's chances.

“We have a good side ourselves so we will handle what they throw at us,” he said.

The Reserve Grade Devils play at 12.30pm with a supporters' bus leaving the Royal Hotel at 10.45am tomorrow morning.

Gympie Times


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