Devils show strength in numbers

Devil Dale Roberts goes toe-to-toe with Tiger Jarrod Dewberry
Devil Dale Roberts goes toe-to-toe with Tiger Jarrod Dewberry

THE Bega Devils are ready for the finals, with a whopping 11 teams making the cut in the junior and senior grades. 

Club secretary Kerryn Constable said it was an exceptional feat, especially having three teams in the under 12s. 

“The players have done brilliantly to make that happen and we’re really proud of them,” Constable said. 

Coached by Jordan Stafford, the under 12s reds are minor premiers, while two other Bega squads will play in the three v four minor semi-final. 

“They’ve gone through and had the best season with coach Jordan Stafford, he is also a highly regarded first grade player.

“I can’t even tell you how proud I am of these kids,” she said. 

The first grade men are on the back of a 33-match undefeated streak and will face Tathra on Sunday. 

Constable and the ladies team are gearing up for their clash with the minor premier Eden Killer Whales. 

“We had a good training session and we’re pumped to be honest,” Constable said. 

“We do have a lot of injuries, but we’re trying to overcome that and just go in with a positive attitude.”

The bench will be thin as girls from the under 16s, who had stepped up for regular season games, will not qualify for the finals. 

“We’re really unlucky that we have nowhere to pull from, we’ll just go in with what we have.”

Constable said playing a full match wasn’t a big issue for the young girls on the team, but the senior members will create some pressure. 

The ladies team is focusing on its mentality ahead of the challenge on Sunday.

“We just worked on bonding and talking, ‘where do we want to be? - We want to be in the grand final’.

“Just taking the negativity of any sickness and injuries out, saying lets not dwell on things, lets just move forward and make the grand final.”

With only two losses for the season, both to Eden, Constable said the team deserved a shot for the title aimed to be there at the end. 

On Sunday, the Bega ground will play host to plenty of action on Sunday, with juniors right through to first grade playing across two fields. 

Constable is encouraging everyone to head along and join in the fun of finals. 

“The More Than Beans coffee van is coming down so we’ll have great coffee. 

“The canteen will be running, there will be a barbecue and cold drinks, we just want to make it a good day for everybody,” she said. 

The Devils ladies will face the Eden Killer Whales at George Griffin Oval, Bega, on Sunday from 12.10pm, while the first grade men will take on Tathra at 1.50pm. 


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