Khaleb Talimalie and Tom Kross. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times
Khaleb Talimalie and Tom Kross. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times Renee Albrecht

CHAMPIONS: Devils secure league premiership in Albert Park thriller

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rugby league is a strange game.

Players can go through their entire career, even play at the highest level possible and never win a premiership.

However, for 16 of Gympie's best up-and-coming league stars, lifting a premiership trophy is one item they can tick off their career bucket list.

Going into the game as underdogs, the Devils overcame a slow start to beat a slick Stanley Rivers side 28-20 in the Sunshine Coast under-14 division 2 grand final on Saturday at Albert Park.

Two try hero and Devils skipper Khaleb Talimalie had a field day against a disjointed wolves defensive line.

The ball-playing five-eighth said after the game winning a grand final on home soil was not something he was going to forget any time soon.

"We didn't start to well, we let in a couple of tries early on,” Talimalie said.

"Once we got going we were able to get the roll-on.

"It was a tough game and Stanley rivers are a good side,” he said.

The match marked the fifth occasion in which the two sides have clashed this year.

Going into the decider the record stood at two wins apiece.

In 2016, it was the Wolves who knocked a budding Gympie side out of the competition in the major semi-final.

However, history did not repeat at the weekend and Talimalie, along with his team can now claim a premiership medal.

Fresh from the field, the captain had not had a chance to even have a drink of water, before telling The Gympie Times his focus was squarely on repeating the effort next year.

"I am hoping this team will stay together,” he said.

"We will be playing in A-grade and it will be a step-up.”

CHECK out inside for photos of all the league action.

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