Devils vs WM Seagulls: Nundah Braces for Wynnum Showdown at Kougari Oval

Devils vs WM Seagulls: Nundah Braces for Wynnum Showdown at Kougari Oval
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The Norths Devils are set for a highly anticipated clash against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls on Saturday April 6. Devils vs WM Seagulls kick off 1:00 p.m. at Kougari Oval.

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First visit since 2021

The Kougari Oval holds special meaning for the Devils faithful. In 2021, the Devils broke a nine-match losing streak at the venue to the WM Seagulls. Six weeks later, they claimed the Intrust Super Cup Premiership over the same opponents at neutral ground.


 


Devils vs WM Seagulls grand final

Devils vs WM Seagulls 2021
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The 2021 grand final between these two sides was a gruelling encounter, with both teams battling not only each other but also swirling winds that made fielding kicks a challenging task. Despite the conditions, the match saw high-quality play and intense action. 

In the end, it was the Norths Devils who prevailed, claiming their first premiership since 1998. The victory meant everything to then-Devils coach Rohan Smith, who was overcome with emotion in the aftermath. “I am just so proud of the whole squad, club, everyone who has contributed,” Smith said.

The stakes are high

This weekend’s match reflects recent shifts within the competition. Remarkably, the Devils will field only one player, Jacob Gagan, from the 2021 team that triumphed at Kougari Oval. Incidentally, the WM Seagulls will feature three former Devils who switched teams during the off-season. Both clubs have also undergone coaching changes since that memorable final.

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Defensive prowess crucial

Under the guidance of coach Dave Elliott, the Devils (2-1) have established the best defensive record in the competition after three rounds, conceding just 36 points in matches against Burleigh, Redcliffe, and Souths Logan. On other hand, the WM Seagulls (1-1) lost their opening match before rebounding with a win over Redcliffe.

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As the Devils return to Kougari Oval, the stage is set for another intense showdown with a familiar foe.

Published 04-April-2024