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

Devils to take on Snakes in final showdown

UNDEFEATED division 2 minor premiers the Gympie Devils will play the Caboolture Snakes top side in the semi-final at Jack Stokes Oval today.

Captain Michael Plate said the team is confident and excited to be playing finals football.

The Devils last played the Snakes back in round one, 16 weeks ago.

In that match the Devils won and Plate said it was Caboolture's only loss.

"We are not 100 percent sure what they are going to be like but the general take is that they will have a physical and aggressive side," Plate said.

"We will have to match that.

"It is definitely going to be a big match that we need to win to go straight through to the grand-final."

If the unthinkable happens and the Devils do lose they will play the winner of the Beachmere and Beerwah clash.

That match is also being played at Jack Stokes today.

Plate said the home ground advantage is a plus for the side.

"It will be very good, we have not played at home for a while," he said.

"It is nice not to have to travel."

The team are feeling fresh after their week off and are keen to rip in to today's match.

Plate said they had more players than positions and have a full squad ready to take the field.

"It is a good position to be in this time of year.

"Everyone needs to lift a gear in preparation for the grand-final."

He said big forwards Jarred Tramacchi and Mitch Hillcoat had been playing well the last couple of weeks and he expects them to challenge the Snakes defence.

The overall statistics for the year in division two show the Devils have not only been a dominant side but have had strong individual players including Plate himself who kicked the most goals in the competition for the season.

Devils player Nick Wheeler finished as the highest try scorer for the year followed by Josh Greaves who tied for second.

Gympie Times


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