Un­der­strength Devils fight to the bit­ter end

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By SHANE JONES

ITWAS al­ways go­ing to be tough for the Isis Devils on Satur­day night.

Play­ing with just 13 play­ers, the team strug­gled to match the un­de­feated Past Brothers out­fit, who ran out to a 40-0 lead at half-time.

In the end, Brothers ran in 14 tries to de­feat Isis 72-16 in the big­gest win of the sea­son.

Coach Mat Tem­ple­man said the team’s men­tal­ity through­out the match was a high­light.

“I’m very pleased with our mind­set con­sid­er­ing the score­line,” he said.

“We did slacken off just af­ter half-time, but to the boys’ credit they pulled them­selves out of the lull.”

The only blem­ish to the game was a late in­jury to Jake Carl, who scored a hat-trick, in­clud­ing a 100m try in a bril­liant solo ef­fort.

Tem­ple­man said Carl would be fine for next week and quickly spurned the tag of his team be­ing the one to beat.

“We are just fo­cussing on our game and the weak ar­eas that we need to im­prove,” he said.

“I think Waves and Her­vey Bay are the two teams to beat.”

De­spite the heavy loss, Isis aren’t too dis­ap­pointed.

They were short of play­ers be­cause of work com­mit­ments, coach Paul Bar­ritt ad­mit­ting it was hard to get ev­ery­one to play.

“Our play­ers play de­pend­ing on when they fin­ish work with the farm­ers,” he said.

“If they have to stay back it makes it hard for us, like it was on Satur­day.”

Bar­ritt, though, was proud of those who did play.

They never gave up and were able to score 16 un- an­swered points in the sec­ond half.

“The sec­ond half was very en­cour­ag­ing for us,” he said.

“These boys ran them­selves into the ground for us and I am very proud of them.”

They will face the Wal­la­roos this week at home, with Bar­ritt hop­ing a large crowd can watch his team and the de­but of the women’s team.

“The boys are look­ing for­ward to it and we are def­i­nitely look­ing for a win,” he said.

The Isis Devils would like to of­fi­cially wel­come on board the Isis Club as their ma­jor spon­sors for the 2016 sea­son and en­cour­age all pa­trons to re­turn to the club af­ter the match.

To add ex­tra in­cen­tive, the club will be play­ing for the Vea Vea/Fewquandie Tro­phy, held an­nu­ally in hon­our of both fam­i­lies and their in­volve­ment in rugby league.

Gates open this Sun­day from 8.30am at Childers Show­grounds, with the un­der-18 match kick­ing off the day at 10am.

This will be fol­lowed by Isis Ladies’ in­au­gu­ral match against Easts at 11.15am, then two Re­serve grade games at 12.30pm and 1.45pm, with the Isis Devils tak­ing on the Wal­la­roos.

The A-grade match against Wal­la­roos will start at 3pm.

Any vol­un­teers in­ter­ested in as­sist­ing in the can­teen or bar on the day, please phone club pres­i­dent Kev Grant on 0413 507 606.

Mat Tem­ple­man, Isis coach

I’m very pleased with our mind­set con­sid­er­ing the score­line

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCINERNEY

ON THE RUN: Isis hooker Damien Al­ta­donna in round two of the Bund­aberg Rugby League.

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