Top spot playoff
WITH their sights firmly set on repeating last year’s finals success, the Gympie Devils are calling tonight’s game a “must win”.
In front of a home crowd coach John Greensill said the Devils would do whatever it took to win against Maroochydore and cement their place in this year’s Sunshine Coast Gympie final.
Darren Burns is out again for the bout, but centre Danny McMah is back, along with Hayden Curran.
McMah, who was recently picked to play on the Australian Police side and named man of the match after a QLD Police game with NZ, will boost the Devils’ back line and may be able to stop Maroochydore scoring any wide goals.
Add to that star players like former Gold Coast Titans and Canberra Raider’s player Kris Kahler and Billy Rogers – who a month ago wore a Parramatta jersey – and you see why Greensill is saying the defending premiers have a “class side”.
“If we do win, we will stay equal top of the ladder, but it gives us a break from the team coming up behind us,” he said.
Without the win there is a chance the Devils might not win in the semis, but finishing in the top three would give them two chances to play off for the premiership again.
Greensill said the Devils had “turned around” after a terrible start to the season with injuries.
“Four to five weeks ago we were taking it one game at a time, and now there’s confidence back in the team.
“There’s no reason why we can’t repeat last year’s performance.”
1. Jake Harney, 2. Ben Santowski,
3. Ben Ashford, 4. Danny McMah,
5. Shawn Potter, 6. Craig Marshall,
7. Dave Cutler, 8. Adam Starr, 9. Shaun Wilson, 10. Riley McDowell, 11. Kane Ernst, 12. Kris Kahler, 13. Billy Rodgers, 14. Mitch Heaton, 15. Hayden Curran, 16. Reece Coleman, 17. James Hogan