Devils U18 coach Ben Harney has made the transition from playing to coaching this year.
Devils U18 coach Ben Harney has made the transition from playing to coaching this year. Craig Warhurst

U18s dominate in Devils pre-season

Devils U18 coach Ben Harney has made the transition from playing to coaching this year.
Devils U18 coach Ben Harney has made the transition from playing to coaching this year. Craig Warhurst

THE U18 Gympie Devils are leading the way this pre-season, demolishing opponents Nambour in the weekend's 32-14 victory.

Following a tough first half for the local side, coach and former A-grade Devils player Ben Harney said his team came together and outperformed the Nambour line-up.

"The boys started the game slow, giving away five penalties and missing countless tackles, letting the Crushers come away 14-0 at half time," he said.

"After a stern half time talk, the team were finally ready to show some fine form."

Local Powerhouse and former Queensland player Jack Morris led the second half charge, steamrolling opponents to get over the line in the Devils first try of the match.

The team then looked unstoppable with three tries in quick succession from Ben Kerr, Braden Nahrung and another from superstar Jack Morris.

Morris said the team was on fire in the second half.

"After we got some points on the board, we never looked back," he said.

"The team was in the zone, I have a feeling we will go far this year."

Harney said the second half score of 32-0 was a true indicator of the potential the team has for this season.

"Our side will train on defence and tackle wrestling in preparation for this weekend's match."

The Gympie Devils open teams are off to a tough start in their pre-season competition due to a lack of players after A-grade went down to 16-8 and reserve grade followed suit 32-16.

Gympie Rugby League president Jim Bougoure said the open teams were having problems with numbers meaning they were taking to the field with worn out players.

"Four of the A-grade boys had to play Reserve grade beforehand, meaning they were running on stiff legs," he said.

Reserve grade players attempted to suppress key Nambour stars but the Crushers took control and dominated the game.

Bougoure urges anybody wanting to play for the Devils this season to attend training on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 6.30pm at Jack Stokes oval and sign up.

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