Is­lamic State hits home

Isis Devils team fights to re­tain name in grand fi­nal

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By LEAH KIDD Leah.Kidd@news-mail.com.au

BUND­ABERG Rugby League con­sid­ered chang­ing the name of the Childers team in the grand fi­nal to avoid con­fu­sion with ter­ror­ist group ISIS.

The Isis Devils almost be­came the Childers Devils be­cause it shares the same name as the Is­lamic State in Iraq and Syria, com­monly known as ISIS.

Lead­ing up to the match, Isis Dis­trict Rugby League Foot­ball Club pres­i­dent and for­mer mayor of Isis Shire Coun­cil Bill Trevor said he was in­formed by the BRL it had dis­cussed with ABC Grand­stand – which was broad­cast­ing the game – that the club was go­ing to be re­ferred to as Childers Devils due to events over­seas.

“They said they were con­cerned about what was go­ing on over there and us be­ing called Isis,” he said.

“I said that we were regis­tered with the Queens­land Rugby League as Isis Devils and I ob­jected stren­u­ously about a name change.

“The com­mit­tee agreed that if we start chang­ing the way we do things be­cause of things that are hap­pen­ing over there, then they win and we lose.”

Bund­aberg Rugby League pres­i­dent Mike Ire­land said he had spo­ken with both Mr Trevor and ABC Grand­stand com­men­ta­tors about chang­ing the name be­cause the grand fi­nal would be broad­cast in other states that would not be fa­mil­iar with the Isis re­gion.

Mr Trevor said the com­mu­ni­ties within the Isis re­gion were proud of the name, which dated back to the late 19th cen­tury.

“We don’t see any rea­son to change our le­git­i­mate name, which ei­ther came about from the Isis River in Eng­land or Isis the Egyp­tian god­dess of fer­til­ity.

“Ob­vi­ously we go with the god­dess ref­er­ence, as it is bet­ter for mar­ket­ing.”

Mr Trevor said the play­ers had dis­cussed the name sim­i­lar­ity with some amuse­ment.

“We say to our­selves that we have to be very care­ful men­tion­ing Isis be­cause it could be one of those trig­ger words that sees the CIA look­ing into our records,” he said.

“But we will con­tinue to hon­our the name of our dis­trict, no mat­ter what hap­pens over­seas.”

PHOTO: PAUL DONALDSON BUN210914RUG6/AFP PHOTO / AFPTV / STR

TROU­BLE AFOOT: The Isis Devils almost be­came another vic­tim of the ISIS move­ment.

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