Understrength Devils fight to the bitter end
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
ON THE RUN: Isis hooker Damien Altadonna in round two of the Bundaberg Rugby League.