Back Row (L-R): Craig Petrie (Leaguesafe), Michael Blaik, Darren Burns, Kurt Fleming, Riley McDowall, Josh Cumner, Col Callaghan (Leaguesafe).         Middle Row (L-R): Brad English, Godfrey Condon, Danny McMah, Josua Koroibulu, Craig Marshall, Tobs Viravu, Kaine Ernst, Sonny Lavea, Jimmy Bougoure (Manager).       Front Row (L-R): John Greensill (Coach), Ben Ashford, Ray Ioane, Barry Berrigan, Trent Callaghan, Nick Swan, Shaun Wilson, Ian Naylor, Scott Dodt (President)
Back Row (L-R): Craig Petrie (Leaguesafe), Michael Blaik, Darren Burns, Kurt Fleming, Riley McDowall, Josh Cumner, Col Callaghan (Leaguesafe). Middle Row (L-R): Brad English, Godfrey Condon, Danny McMah, Josua Koroibulu, Craig Marshall, Tobs Viravu, Kaine Ernst, Sonny Lavea, Jimmy Bougoure (Manager). Front Row (L-R): John Greensill (Coach), Ben Ashford, Ray Ioane, Barry Berrigan, Trent Callaghan, Nick Swan, Shaun Wilson, Ian Naylor, Scott Dodt (President) Craig Warhurst

Planning pays off for Devils

GYMPIE was once the poor cousin of the Sunshine Coast / Gympie rugby league according to Devils' president Scott Dodt, but that is all about to change, he says.

Even if the Devils fail in their first grand final attempt, Dodt said the Devils have done enough in 2010 to make everyone stand up and take notice.

Success breeds success, and Dodt has already had a host of new players inquiring about joining the Devils in 2011.

The sudden interest hasn't just happened by chance, a dedicated committee has been working hard behind the scenes to make sure the team is as good as it can be.

The president said this year's grand final is the culmination of three years planning.

He said three years ago the committee put in place a plan to win the title.

“The first year we worked out what players we had and what players we needed to be competitive,”Dodt said.

“And we spent a lot of time making sure we had good sponsors.”

“The second year we imported three poms, a Fijian, and a Kiwi.

“They didn't last the whole year, but they got us close and got a bit of excitement happening in town.”

In 2010, the Devils picked up Barry Berrigan and the two Fijians.

“Barry has lifted the profile of the club and given confidence to the local players,” Dodt said.

The Devils now enjoy the biggest home crowds on the Coast, a great facility at Jack Stokes and a very loyal group of sponsors.

“We are getting better all the time,” Dodt said.

“It is great to take on the Coast and have a chance at winning the title.”

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