The Norths Devils A Grade men with life member Barbara Mayfield.
The Norths Devils A Grade men with life member Barbara Mayfield. Contributed

Norths captain takes his hat off for the old boys

The Norths Devils' reign will continue for another year after a harrowing 2-1 win over Arsenals.

Devils leader Declan Mulherin could not hide his pride post match and said it was a perfect close to his first year in the captaincy.

Mulherin joined the A-Grade Devils five years ago and in that time has been a part of four premiership wins.

The 21-year-old captain said the magic never wore off.

As one of the younger players in the side Mulherin said sharing the glory with team veterans was "unreal”.

"Trent Smith and Matt Murphy just played their 23rd year in A-grade. They've seen like 15 premierships which is crazy,” he said.

"To share that with them and celebrate with the old blokes and having the new blokes in is a fantastic feeling.”

This year was labelled one of the strongest competitions for Mackay hockey in decades and Mulherin said Saturday night was pure evidence of that.

Arsenals, who were wooden spooners last year, put up a valiant effort and stayed in the fight until the last minute. .

"They've improved out of sight. Coming from last to almost winning a grand final is great,” Mulherin said.

Norths had their fair share of issues throughout the season with injury and shift work depleting their roster each week.

Mulherin said he was relieved to have a full-strength side for when it counted.

"We've only had that for the last two weeks, so it was lucky we got the win,” he said.

'I think it just goes back to the culture of our club. We always want to compete no matter who we put on the field.”

"We have a few players who give the razzle dazzle and you need that to win games, but fundamentals are a big thing that I found has helped our team.”

The low-scoring game was said to have been the product of two concrete defences.

Mulherin commended his back line for keeping the ball away from goal.

"The two Gibbs brothers and Cameron Parsons in the back were unreal,” he said.

Norths' two goals were the work of one man, Mitchell Brown.

"Mitchell scoring the two points might have saved the game for us, but it really fell on everyone doing their job,” Mulherin said.

While some of the Norths old boys plan to pull the pin on their A-Grade career on a high, Mulherin said the Devils' dynasty was not over yet.

"It's good because we have a whole heap of young juniors coming up as well,” he said.



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