Reserve grade lose nail-biter
SIMILAR to their A Grade counterparts, the Gympie Devils Reserve Grade boys have allowed a commanding position at the top of the competition ladder to slip following a loss to the Noosa Pirates at the weekend.
The Devils reserves lost by four points in the dying minutes of their clash away on Saturday.
As a consequence, the Gympie outfit is now equal second with Caboolture on the ladder but technically running third, taking into account for and against statistics.
Now leading with a small buffer of two points is Caloundra.
Devils reserves coach Greg Rendell said a depleted squad fell short of the firepower needed to topple Noosa in front of a vocal home crowd.
“Numbers were down in A Grade so some of our boys stepped up to play, leaving us short of players,” he said.
“The boys played well but we lost it in the last few minutes when Noosa scored to seal the win.”
Rendell said the loss wouldn’t derail the side from pursuing its goals – the most immediate of which is the minor premiership.
“We’re still in touch with five rounds to go, so we aren’t out of it yet,” he said.
“There’s still a lot of footy to be played and it’s really tight at the top of the ladder at the moment.
“It’s anyone’s to win, so it will be interesting over the next few rounds.”
The reserve grade side has a bye this weekend before facing Nambour the weekend following.
Gympie fans hope the A and Reserve Grade sides hold strong ahead of the finals to continue a watershed season.