GET BEHIND THE DEVILS
DON’T RUN WHEN YOU SEE A DEVIL IN CHILDERS: GET BEHIND HIM BECAUSE HE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT
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.
LATE TRY: Isis Devils halfback Raymond Stahn scores late in the game against Easts at Salter Oval.