Broncos head to Devils' home field
DARREN Burns is urging Gympie Devils’ supporters to turn up in droves at Jack Stokes Oval next Saturday, February 12 to kick of the Gympie Devils’ 2011 Sunshine Coast/Gympie title defence.
The new look Devils will take on the South Burnett in a trial match at 4.45pm, before the highlight of the night, a match between the Broncos’ under 20 side and the Sunshine Coast Seagulls Queensland Cup team at 6.30pm.
Burns said the Devils should be able to beat the Burnett team.
“I would be surprised if the Devils didn’t win,” Burns said.
“They have had good numbers at training and the Burnett team hasn’t had a run yet,” he said.
Ex-Devils half back Nick Swan should be playing his first game for the Sunshine Coast Q Cup side in the main game and will be put to the test by a quality Broncos’ outfit.
Burns wasn’t sure which Bronco Under 20 players would play in Gympie because they were also playing a trial match at the Gold Coast the same weekend.
“They have a big squad and need the two trials,” Burns said.
He said the under 20 squad had been a nursery for great young Bronco first grade players like Jharal Yowyeh, Andrew McCullough, Ben Hunt and Josh Maguire.
“There will be some quality footballers running around.”
The day kicks off at 2pm with a junior sign-on and the under 16 match between Gympie and the Burnett.
At 3.30pm there will be an U18 match between Gympie and the Burnett.
Burns said the junior matches were the first stage in selection for Gympie players to make the Central United side to play in the Cyril O’Conner and Mal Meninga Cups.
Combined Gympie Burnett sides will be picked and then will play in Wondai next weekend against teams from Fraser Coast/Bundaberg, the South West and the Central regions.
From that carnival a Central United team will be picked.
Burns said the Broncos’ U20 side would arrive at 4pm to sign autographs and mingle with the fans.
Gympie Junior Rugby League is holding another sign-on the following Saturday, February 19 from 9am to noon.
Burns said any player who couldn’t sign up on the sign-on day could turn up to Jack Stokes Oval Thursday afternoons and register to play.