Devils forward Brad English shows his style on the dance floor.
Devils forward Brad English shows his style on the dance floor. Craig Warhurst

The Devils of dance

A SELECT group of Gympie Devils has taken on extra training to help out the rugby league club.

But instead of tackling bags and kicking footballs at Jack Stokes Oval the Devils have been twisting and twirling on the dance floor preparing for the 2011 Dancing with the Devils fundraiser.

Sixteen Devils from the A Grade, Reserve Grade and Under-18 sides have signed up for the gig and hope to raise much-needed funds for the club.

Estelle Cummings is one of the organisers of the event and says the dance-off would be hotly contested on the dance floor.

She said there where a few dark horses that might take out the title this year.

Reserve grade players Troy Spacie and Ben Bambling have shown they now how to groove at the weekly dance lessons.

She also predicted brothers Ben and Jake Harney, who have a real dance rivalry going on, to perform well on the night.

A Grade hard man Riley McDowall is probably the overall favourite according to Cummings.

“Riley dances pretty well,” she said.

The footballers will dance a salsa and an evening three-step before being judged and then voted on by the audience.

After the first two dances audience votes are tallied and the bottom eight dancers are eliminated.

The remaining couples do a third dance and the audience votes once more to decide the winner.

Cummings said the more friends and family a dancer had at the event the greater the chance of them taking out the first prize of a deep-sea fishing experience donated to the club by Ed Falconer.

The winning partner receives a silver watch and earrings.

So far 34 tables have been booked for the competition on Friday August 12 at Hamilton Hall.

“It will be a huge night with about 300 to 400 people,” Cummings said.

“It’s a lot of fun and a good laugh,” Cummings said.

Anyone interested in attending Dancing with the Devils can ring Cummings on 0417 774 524 to book a table and help out our local rugby league club.

Gympie Times


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