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Run of hot form has Devils on top

Ben Ashford scored twice for the Devils at the weekend, helping the team topple Maroochydore away. The victory has allowed the Devils to jump up the ladder to now share top spot with Caloundra.
Ben Ashford scored twice for the Devils at the weekend, helping the team topple Maroochydore away. The victory has allowed the Devils to jump up the ladder to now share top spot with Caloundra. Craig Warhurst

A RESOUNDING defeat of the Maroochydore Swans at the weekend has the Gympie Devils rugby league side once again sharing a lead at the top of the Caloundra RSL Cup.

The Devils travelled away for the clash Saturday evening and ran onto Wises Road Oval determined to extend their winning streak.

Maroochydore’s home crowd was left sitting in the cool evening air in awkward silence as the Devils put on an exceptional display of form to win 22-6.

A pocket of Gympie supporters who travelled down by bus were vocal, producing a touch of the spirit seen at the Devils’ home games at Jack Stokes Oval.

To date, the Devils have lost only one game this season and now sit jointly at the top of the leader board on 12 points with Caloundra.

When the numbers are crunched, Caloundra has the edge on a points for and against basis.

Helping the Devils to ascend to the top was Caloundra’s draw with Kawana in their weekend match.

Coach John Greensill was unavailable for comment yesterday but prior to the match said what excited him most was the Devils were yet to field a full strength side.

“We are yet to have a squad of our top 17 players, so that’s exciting to think what we could be capable of,” he said.

Importantly, the Devils are building to a big finish at the end of the season as the competition nears its midway point.

The Devils have been quiet achievers this season, but the momentum the side is building is beginning to attract plenty of attention.

And with increased attention comes the pressure to perform.

Greensill, however, knows his troops are hardened and more than up for the challenge.

“Some of our best players this season have been some of our old heads,” he said.

“They have really stepped up because the competition to play for A Grade has improved.

“It’s the best possible situation for the team to be in and we are seeing the results out on the field each week.”

Best of all, the Devils have been able to win back the faith from their fans after a number of years of hardship languishing in the backwaters of the Sunshine Coast competition.

A premiership win is now a distinct possibility.

Caloundra RSL Cup Standings

Caloundra

12

Gympie

12

Kawana

10

Nambour

10

Maroochydore

2

Noosa

2

Caboolture

0

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