Girls ready to play

Devils wel­come new play­ers and their first se­nior women’s team

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By ISIS DEVILS

THE Isis Devils have started pre-sea­son train­ing with a few fresh faces, com­bined with a new se­nior women’s team set to de­but in the Bund­aberg Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion, and topped off with a new cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship from the Isis Club.

The Isis Club has signed onto a two-year cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship with the Devils, and will likely be­come the new venue at which the Devils will host mid-sea­son events and pre­sen­ta­tion award evenings.

Some new faces to the club in­clude for­mer Mag­pies play­ers Rhys and Jes­sica Neil. Rhys has been im­pres­sive play­ing for the East Bund­aberg Mag­pies A-grade side, hold­ing the cap­tain’s role, and be­ing se­lected for rep­re­sen­ta­tive foot­ball in con­sec­u­tive years.

With his high level of skill for the game, along with the pas­sion he seems to carry wher­ever he goes, Rhys is set to be an as­set to the Isis Devils for the 2016 sea­son. He joins forces with a side that is al­ready renowned as a tough side to beat, with skil­ful backs and a strong for­ward pack, in­clud­ing the likes of Peter Grant (2015 cap­tain) and Royce Blair.

Rhys’s wife and rugby league player Jes­sica has been work­ing tire­lessly over the past five months to bring to­gether a se­nior women’s team to wear the Devils colours, which will be an his­toric feat in it­self.

It has been said that a team was at­tempted in the past but not enough play­ers signed up. Jes­sica is proud to have signed enough play­ers, ex­pe­ri­enced and non-ex­pe­ri­enced, to bring to­gether a team that is sure to turn heads and get peo­ple talk­ing.

“I have no ex­pec­ta­tions on my girls, be­ing a newly formed side, to get out and win ev­ery game. My only ex­pec­ta­tion is on my­self to make sure we have 13 ladies on the field for the first game when that whis­tle blows,” Jes­sica said.

It has been with a cer­tain amount of pres­sure that Jes­sica has worked so hard in es­tab­lish­ing a women’s rugby league side for the Devils.

Due to there only be­ing two other sides in the Bund­aberg Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion, East­ern Sub­urbs Mag­pies and the Bund­aberg Brothers, it was said by the head of Bund­aberg Rugby League that the women’s comp would only go ahead if there was a min­i­mum of three sides.

Reg­is­tra­tions to play for the Isis Devils men’s and women’s side are still open, as is the wel­come of new spon­sors to sup­port the Devils through what is shap­ing up to be a crack­ing sea­son of rugby league.

In their first A-grade men’s game, the Devils will take on the Mary­bor­ough Wal­la­roos in Mary­bor­ough on Satur­day, March 12. The ladies comp will start at a later date still to be an­nounced.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

IN TRAIN­ING: Isis Devils women’s team mem­bers warm up at their first night of train­ing, ready for a bumper sea­son.

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