GET BE­HIND THE DEVILS

DON’T RUN WHEN YOU SEE A DEVIL IN CHILDERS: GET BE­HIND HIM BE­CAUSE HE NEEDS YOUR SUP­PORT

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

RHYS Neil at­tacks each game with a tough­ness most play­ers dream of.

He might be a hard man on the field but that fact didn’t stop the pow­er­ful for­ward from hurt­ing af­ter the Devils were de­feated 46-12 by Easts at the week­end.

Neil could hear the sound of the Easts play­ers singing their club song as he re­counted the hor­ror of the 80 min­utes of football that had just con­cluded.

Play­ing against a well-struc­tured at­tack, Isis was found want­ing as the game dragged on, in some pas­sages of play Easts found ways to rip mas­sive chunks of ter­ri­tory from the Isis de­fence.

The Devils have strug­gled for play­ers in the early part of the sea­son.

Isis is win­less so far this year, but af­ter hav­ing re­serves on the bench at the week­end the team could earn its first com­pe­ti­tion points in the com­ing weeks.

There is lit­tle doubt the team has enough abil­ity to match it with the best but Neil said there was some­thing hold­ing the club back.

“The core group is very strong, men­tally strong off the field, we’re get­ting con­sis­tent guys to train­ing but when you don’t have the con­sis­tency of com­mit­ment from one to 17 that de­cides where you sit on the lad­der,” Neil said.

Isis has a plan to fix the player prob­lem but to boost the club’s chances Neil is call­ing on more help from those who do not wear a jersey.

“We re­ally need sup­port from the com­mu­nity, from the town, from the peo­ple,” he said.

“They are only go­ing to do credit to the com­mu­nity by sup­port­ing us and in turn we’ll be play­ing bet­ter football.

“Any­thing you do in life you need sup­port, and if we have that from our com­mu­nity we can re­turn some credit back to the club and com­mu­nity as far as rugby league goes.”

Neil knows how strong the Devils can be when the com­mu­nity ral­lies be­hind them.

He was part of the Easts team that lost the 2014 pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal 30-26 to a united Isis on­slaught.

The 47th Bat­tal­ion Car­ni­val is on this week­end, giv­ing the team some time off, and the Devils play next on May 8 against Waves Tigers.

Neil said the team wouldn’t take the Tigers lightly and in the mean­time try to fix the neg­a­tives and build on the pos­i­tives.

PHOTO: BEN TURN­BULL BUN260416DEV1

LATE TRY: Isis Devils half­back Ray­mond Stahn scores late in the game against Easts at Sal­ter Oval.

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