New dad O’Donnell stars in Devils’ big win
ROBERT O’Donnell’s 24-point haul helped Isis Devils on their way to a big win over Waves Tigers.
The Devils’ sharpshooter scored two tries and kicked eight goals in the 52-12 rout as Waves struggled through another week.
The win capped off a marvellous week for O’Donnell, whose partner delivered a healthy baby boy last week.
Coach Simon Ricciardi said there were signs leading up to the game that O’Donnell was up for a big one.
“He was king of the jungle after his baby was born and you couldn’t wipe the smile off his face,” he said.
“He had a glow about him and we knew he would play out of his skin.”
Ricciardi singled out Royce Blair, Tim Cole and Warrick Fay for outstanding contributions, while representative fullback Zac Dann also scored a double.
“We even got to blood 19-year-old Jack Cole from reserve grade for about 25 minutes,” he said.
The win allows Isis to keep the pressure on third-placed Wests Panthers
The Devils will need to win their next encounter with Wests, as well as hope the Panthers drop another game if Isis is to finish third.
On Saturday, Isis will meet second-placed Hervey Bay.
Hervey Bay defeated its local rivals, Wallaroos, 34-22 and looked ominous.
Ricciardi said the side would be without four players, including five-eighth Taylor Barritt, who was captaining the Bundaberg under-20 rep side.
“It will be a massive task against Hervey Bay,” he said.
Ricciardi said a call to arms in the past few weeks had been answered.
Four players including Dustin Sipple, Matthew Curtis, Jimmy Bryant and Joe Nelly have put up their hand to potentially play for the club during the season.
“It all depends on work commitments for those players,” he said.
“We’re not holding our breath for a couple of them but we’re hopeful if we make a decent run they can boost our squad.”
BIG HAUL: Robert O’Donnell starred for Isis Devils, scoring 24 points in the side’s massive win against Waves Tigers.