Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Snakes Too Good for Mighty Devils; Caboolture Snakes Super Second Half Dashes Devils Hopes of Second Title

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Snakes Too Good for Mighty Devils; Caboolture Snakes Super Second Half Dashes Devils Hopes of Second Title

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Byline: Craig Warhurst

JOHN Greensill's dream of back-to-back premierships was lost on Saturday night in a second-half blitz by the Caboolture Snakes.

The Snakes won their first premiership in 17 years, defeating the defending premiers, 24-10, at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

The Devils got off to a flier in the grand final leading 10-0 after the first 10 minutes.

Running with a strong breeze Craig Marshall kicked a well placed 40-20 to give the Devils the scrum feed close to the line.

Sunshine Coast/Gympie rookie of the year Jacob Harney ran on to a nice pass off the scrum and sliced through the Snakes defence to score out wide.

Marshall lined up for the kick on the sideline right in front of a hostile Snakes crowd.

Boos and jeers from the Caboolture fans turned to cheers as Marshall missed the conversion attempt.

In the ninth minute, it was Marshall cheering as he put Kris Kahler through a hole for the back rower to score. The try could have easily been an eight-point try as Kahler was hit high by Snakes' lock Nik Taylor as he grounded the ball, sparking an in-goal scuffle between the two sides.

aI think we started brilliantly,a Gympie coach John Greensill said.

aWe couldn't have started better, we put on 10 points a I was feeling confident.a

From there, Caboolture worked their way back into the game with some strong defence and great running by five-eight Matt Morris.

In the 35th minute, Snakes centre Rory Burgess crossed to put the Snakes back in the game and take the score to 10-4.

In the 39th minute, Marshall, the Devils' five-eighth, dislocated a knee and was carried from the field.

He had the knee put back in place at half-time and returned for the second half.

Greensill said he started to get a bit worried just before half-time when Caboolture started to make a surge. …

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