Fired up: Gympie Devils rugby league girls are ready to play their first game at home this weekend. Pictured from left are Jeanne Borchert, Kym Baumgart, Stacey Connell, Stacey Mochalski, Jen Whitfield, Karinna Little, Jodie McMahon and Renee Brown.
Fired up: Gympie Devils rugby league girls are ready to play their first game at home this weekend. Pictured from left are Jeanne Borchert, Kym Baumgart, Stacey Connell, Stacey Mochalski, Jen Whitfield, Karinna Little, Jodie McMahon and Renee Brown. Craig Warhurst

New Lady Devils ready to fire up

GET ready Gympie: the Lady Devils are ready to rumble.

The Devils’ first female league team will take to Jack Stokes this Saturday and play Cherbourg in what should be an exciting game.

Lady Devils’ coach Phil Webb said the girls had really surprised him at their first training run.

“They are quick, can pass and know footy,” Webb said.

Most of the girls play touch football so the basics of the game are second nature, but it is the full contact nature of league that has player Renee Brown worried.

Brown plays rugby union and is experienced in the cut and thrust of full contact football.

She says the team has plenty of speed and are skilful. “Confidence in defence will be our only problem,” Brown said.

Jen Whitfield wasn’t too worried about tackling or being hit.

“We are not scared, everyone feels pain.

“Pain is our friend,” she said.

Lady Devils’ Kym Baumgart said a lot of people were keen to watch women’s league after the women’s State of Origin match in Gympie.

“We are hoping for a huge crowd to support us,” Baumgart said.

The Gympie girls are really keen and have even been practising post try celebrations.

The match is part of the Devils’ Call to Arms Charity Day for men’s cancer. The girls kick off at 2pm followed by the Devils’ men’s games from 3.15pm on Saturday.

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