ALMOST THERE: Karl Leupold (right) from Gympie dives to prevent a try by Stags player Jiitaret Sukhanthapree.
ALMOST THERE: Karl Leupold (right) from Gympie dives to prevent a try by Stags player Jiitaret Sukhanthapree. James Loose

Tight games for rivals

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Gympie Devils division two side defeated their neighbours, Mary Valley Stags, at Jack Stokes Oval on Saturday in a close match.

When the final hooter sounded just six points separated the rival teams.

The Devils fought back to win the match 18-12 after being down 8-6 at half-time.

After winning in dominant fashion last week, 64-6 against Bribie at Yandina, the Devils were caught off guard as the Stags struck early.

Gympie Devils captain Michael Plate said the Stags put on two quick tries at the beginning of the match.

"We were on the back foot from the start," he said.

Plate said the Devils knew the Mary Valley Stags would come out hard, but a try before half-time by Ben Santowski got the Devils back in the game.

The Devils made their comeback early in the second half as Troy Spacie wasted no time crossing the line five minutes in to the half followed by a final try by Caleb Kerr to secure a 18-12 victory.

Plate said the Stags gave the undefeated Gympie side a run for their money.

"We didn't match their intensity at the start.

"It is definitely good to win close games like that," he said.

Mary Valley Stags spokeswoman Jenny Carlson said the Mary Valley players had been anticipating the game all season.

"They all went onto the field anticipating a hard game and they were up for the task," Carlson said.

"Every player on the field lifted and had a brilliant game."

She said the game was played in great spirit and was enjoyed by players and spectators alike.

The Mary Valley Stags currently sit in seventh position on the ladder, the Devils first, out of 15 teams.

Next Saturday is a home game for the Stags being played at Kandanga's Jack Spicer Oval.

"We will be holding our first A Grade game, so expect it to be a great day football with three games being played in total," Carlson said.

Gympie Times


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