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Devils and Dolphins prepare for historic decider

Norths and Redcliffe will meet in a grand final for the first time when the Hostplus Cup is decided at Moreton Daily Stadium on Saturday.

The great rivals have played against each other for 62 years but have never met in a decider.

That will change on Saturday after the Devils toppled the Sunshine Coast Falcons and the Dolphins outlasted Burleigh Bears in yesterday’s preliminary finals.

This will be the Devils’ second consecutive grand final following last year’s stirring 1610 win over Wynnum Manly.

It’s the first time since 1969-70 that the Devils have reached consecutive grand finals. The 1970 appearance marked the Devils’ 10th grand final in 12 years.

“Every team plays to reach a grand final so this will be an exciting week for Devils fans,” Norths CEO Troy Rovelli said.

“We have fond memories of last year’s grand final week and all the anticipation that it created.

“We look forward to sharing that excitement with the wider Devils community again this year.”

The Devils were today recovering from the 20-13 win over the Falcons at Bishop Park with all players coming through the match without any apparent injuries.

Yesterday’s Devils 17-man squad included nine players from last year’s grand final which was held at Moreton Daily Stadium.

The Devils-Dolphins history is a rich one and features great names from both clubs.

One of the very first Devils teams to meet Redcliffe featured Clive Churchill as the Little Master led Norths in a trial match against a Dolphins team in 1959. Redcliffe was preparing for its debut in the top grade in 1960.

One of the most memorable clashes occurred in the 1990 preliminary final when the Devils toppled the Dolphins in extra time.

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