New dad O’Don­nell stars in Devils’ big win

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By JIM ALOUAT

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.”

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

BIG HAUL: Robert O’Don­nell starred for Isis Devils, scor­ing 24 points in the side’s mas­sive win against Waves Tigers.

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