Show­down at Archer Park

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: It’s es­ti­mated around 1500 spec­ta­tors will watch the North Devils bat­tle the East Tigers at Archer Park in Mun­dub­bera.

An­tic­i­pated to be the game of the year, the Devils have had an in­con­sis­tent sea­son with many play­ers be­ing poached to the Bris­bane Bron­cos.

North Devils coach Mark Gliddon said his team was look­ing for­ward to their trip to Mun­dub­bera and get­ting to meet the lo­cals.

“We’re cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to com­ing up next week, Coun­try Week is a great con­cept that al­lows us teams to visit the coun­try and to meet the lo­cals,” he said.

“I’ve never been to Mun­dub­bera but I’ve heard good things from other peo­ple who’ve been there.”

The North Devils will coach the kids in Gayn­dah on Satur­day, July 22, be­fore their big game on Sun­day against the mighty Tigers.

“We started the year re­ally well, af­ter six rounds we had only lost one game but up un­til last week we had a few straight losses which wasn’t good for our side,” Gliddon said.

“We beat the North­ern Pride last week in Cairns which was pleas­ing but you can say our team is quite in­con­sis­tent at the mo­ment.

“Easts are a very good foot­ball team and we did beat them in round one but it doesn’t count.”

Gliddon said in train­ing this week they would con­cen­trate on ball ex­e­cu­tion.

“One of the golden rules of footy is our catch pass, we’ve got to look af­ter our ex­e­cu­tion and ball con­trol other­wise we just won’t win games,” he said.

East Tigers coach Scott Sip­ple said his team was in good shape for the game next week­end.

“We’re cur­rently placed in the top four which is good news,” Sip­ple said.

“The Norths beat us last time we played so we’re look­ing to turn the ta­bles around when the In­Trust takes place in Mun­dub­bera.”

Sip­ple said the good thing about the Coun­try Week ini­tia­tive was get­ting to play in different coun­try towns.

“We re­ally en­joy vis­it­ing the coun­try towns and get­ting to meet the lo­cals,” Sip­ple said.

“They are the ones who sup­port our game and it’s good to give them some­thing back.

“Our team have played well this sea­son, it’s hard to find any faults with their per­for­mances so as long as the field is in good con­di­tion ahead of our com­pe­ti­tion next week, we should be right.”

In ex­cit­ing news for the North Bur­nett re­gion, Gayn­dah lo­cal Christopher Ost­wald will have a run on the field as part of the East Tigers line up.

■ The East Tigers and North Devils will be tele­vised at 1.40pm on July 23.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

EAR­LIER: The Sun­shine Coast Fal­cons v Easts Tigers. Fal­cons player Matthew Soper-Lawler takes one up.

PHOTO: MAR­GARET KEATES

Ip­swich Jets Colts winger Billy Jack­witz leaps for the ball against Easts Tigers.

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