Fired up Gympie Devils boys ready for grand final assault
RUGBY LEAGUE: Sunshine Coast Rugby League Competition Division 2 minor premiers, the Gympie Devils, hope to follow through and claim this season's premiership today.
They will play the Caboolture Snakes in the season decider at Sunshine Coast Stadium this afternoon at 3.30pm.
Devils captain Michael Plate said the team was confident in its ability to win but knew Caboolture would put up a strong fight.
"We are mostly just looking forward to playing in a grand final," he said.
Plate said the final would be an experience for all players to compete in a big stadium; the home of the Sunshine Coast Falcons state representative team.
On the path to today's grand final, the Devils lost to the Snakes 26-18 during a semi-final clash, thereby missing a golden opportunity to march straight through to the grand final.
"They really stuck it to us in the middle of the field," Plate said.
The division two side then battled it out against the Beerwah Bulldogs last Saturday, winning by the skin of their teeth to earn a grand final ticket and get a second stab at the Snakes.
Plate said he had studied his grand final foe and knew the Gympie boys would need to apply constant pressure in the middle to tire Caboolture out before they could find their rhythm.
Although missing in action last week, Dean Bull and Max Carlton make a return to the field for today's final and will provide a timely boost for the Devils.
"They have both been huge for us this year and it will be great to have them back," Plate said.
The Devils had a strong run at training this week, especially on Thursday night, with the best turn-out all season.
"We will be trying to stick to the same structure we have all year," Plate said.
"We want to keep it simple and not over complicate our game plan. For us it is more about completing sets."
At the moment, the Devils' outfit has more players than it does positions and the grand final line-up will be in the hands of the coaches.
Those who do miss out on a run still remain a huge part of the team and will be travelling down for the match to add their support.
Dedicated friends and family will make the trip to support the team and a supporter's bus will ensure a strong Gympie voice in the stadium today.