Devils’ last chance at fi­nals glory

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By BEN TURN­BULL

IN THE space of one week, the Isis Devils have gone from the hunter to the hunted in the A-grade com­pe­ti­tion of the Bund­aberg Rugby League.

Isis made it deep into the sea­son by beat­ing Brothers 34–16. After hold­ing dom­i­nance against that club, it’s time for the Devils to play their bo­gey team, Easts.

And, in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal at Sal­ter Oval on Satur­day, the Devils are call­ing for re­in­force­ments to urge them on dur­ing the game against Easts Mag­pies that kicks off at 6.30pm.

The Mag­pies have been fly­ing high this sea­son, and Isis pres­i­dent Bill Trevor hopes as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble can make the short trip to Bund­aberg to support the Devils as they fight for a place in the grand fi­nal against Wests Pan­thers on Septem­ber 21.

Sal­ter Oval can be a lonely place for teams from out­side Bund­aberg and Trevor hopes the grand­stand can be filled with Isis sup­port­ers to support the Devils as they fight to keep their sea­son alive.

Sup­port­ers from other teams refuse to pick the win­ner of the game but Isis has plenty of mo­men­tum and will be hard to stop.

There is only one cer­tainty this week – the game will be won in the for­wards.

If Isis book­ends Peter Grant and Royce Blair can hold out Easts’ Reece Maughan and Ray­mond Zysk in de­fence while ex­haust­ing Mag­pies half­back Kyle Lay­butt, the re­sult will be what cap­tain Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi wants.

Adding to Grant’s and Blair’s po­ten­tial im­pact, Isis will be look­ing to one of the most dan­ger­ous hole-run­ners in com­pe­ti­tion, Kurt Thomp­son.

Thomp­son was on fire against Brothers in the week­end’s fi­nal and, if he re­peats his two-try ef­fort, Isis will be hard to stop.

There’s no se­cret Easts’ at­tack­ing strength lies with a tal­ented back­line filled with young play­ers like Baidon Cooper and Jess Marschke and Isis also needs to limit the way Lay­butt sends the ball its way.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

HOLE RUN­NER: Kurt Thomp­son of Isis plays against Jake Bauer, of Brothers, in the semi-fi­nal at Sal­ter Oval on Septem­ber 6.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

East Mag­pies player Kyle Lay­butt will need to be stopped this week­end in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

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