Devils hoping for home grand final support

Norths hope the voices of their home supporters can propel the Devils to their first Mal Meninga Cup trophy in seven years tomorrow.

The Devils will take on Souths Logan Magpies at Bishop Park in the Under 18 grand final after completing the regular season undefeated.

But Devils coach Troy Bishop said the memories of his team’s third round encounter with the Magpies would be fresh tomorrow.

“We had led that game 20-0 but they really came back at us and it was 20-16 not long after,” Bishop said.

“We had to dig deep that day and we know this final will be tight. It will go down to the wire so that’s why our home supporters will be important for us.
“It’s special to play a grand final at your home ground and that won’t be lost on us. Nine of our squad members are Norths Juniors so it will mean a lot to them.”

A host of NRL scouts are expected at Bishop Park tomorrow. Both squads already contain players contracted to NRL clubs including nine of the Devils’ squad members.

“One of the most pleasing things this year has been the nature of these young men – they have been a good group to coach,” Bishop said.

“They have listened well and participated very well so they deserve their chance to play tomorrow.”

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