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WITH each sec­ond since the siren sounded to end the A-grade Bund­aberg Rugby League grand fi­nal the Isis Devils lost 42–28 to Wests, the hurt the play­ers felt will fade away.

And if the words Jimmy Bryant ut­tered to the team as it gath­ered in the mid­dle of Sal­ter Oval after the heart­break­ing loss are

Now they know they have to dig a bit deeper and com­mit a bit more...

lis­tened to, in 12 months time the re­sult could be much dif­fer­ent.

With tears in his eyes, the play­ers stared to­wards Bryant as he begged for the Devils to stick to­gether be­cause, with a tal­ented team, com­mit­ted of­fi­cials and a strong com­mu­nity be­hind it, a grand fi­nal win is on of­fer if they have a sim­i­lar line-up in 2015.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Devils, one player won’t be on the field next year, and that’s cap­tain-coach Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi. For more than a decade, the 30-year-old rake has been play­ing A-grade rugby league and the week­end’s game was his last in a jersey. The dis­ap­point­ment Ric­cia­rdi felt was etched on his face and ev­i­dent in his voice as he spoke to the me­dia after the game. He ruled out play­ing another sea­son but said the chances were good he would like to be in­volved with the Devils for at least another sea­son as coach.

“Hope­fully they can re­gather (as a team), that’ll be my goal. I’d like to keep them to­gether and they can go again,” Ric­cia­rdi said.

“Now they know they have to dig a bit deeper and com­mit a bit more, they will be a real shock to the sys­tem if they can do that.”

With Ric­cia­rdi plan­ning an as­sault on the 2015 ti­tle, the Devils are well placed for the fu­ture.

Isis cap­tain-coach Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi


OVER THE LINE: Kurt Thomp­son scores a try for Isis Devils in the A-grade grand fi­nal at Sal­ters Oval.

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