Girls ready to play
Devils welcome new players and their first senior women’s team
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.
IN TRAINING: Isis Devils women’s team members warm up at their first night of training, ready for a bumper season.