Devils bulk up again
GYMPIE Devils coach John Greensill rates his team at 90% strength after taking full advantage of a few weeks’ respite and the surprise return of Riley McDowall.
The Devils slumped to an early season low against the Nambour Crushers earlier this month in a grand final replay at Crusher Park.
With a long injury list and a team largely patched up with junior players stepping up a grade, the Devils were valiant but ultimately unable to compete.
“Things are really good now,” Greensill said.
“We have nearly everyone back from injury so things are almost full strength.”
The biggest cause of excitement for the Devils at the moment is the return of McDowall.
McDowall was originally lost to the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles earlier in the season.
But the burden of travelling to the coast three to four times a week has taken its toll.
“Riley found the travel got too much so it’s great to have him back,” Greensill said.
“Fortunately, the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles were happy to release him, although they were disappointed to see him go.
“They understood because from Gunalda to Kawana is nearing on an hour-and-a-half so that’s a lot of travel.”
Meanwhile, injured Chris Kahler, a former NRL player, is back on deck and will play his first game for Gympie in a fortnight’s time.
Josh Williams, struck down by a knee injury, continues his rehabilitation and the Devils coach expects a return in just over a month.
After three rounds, the Devils are currently sitting in the middle of the standings. The ladder, however, is extremely tight.
“Every team has been beaten at least once so things are really close at the moment,” Greensill said.
“Things haven’t really settled down just yet.”
The Devils’ next opponent will be Beerwah at home next Saturday. The game kicks off at 6.30pm at Jack Stokes Oval.