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BMD Premiership Round 5 Saturday wrap: Devils break through for maiden win


A feeling of relief swept over Bishop Park on when Norths Devils secured their maiden win, and they’re putting no expectations on the road ahead.

The 32-16 win over Central Queensland Capras keeps the Devils in with a mathematical chance of making finals, with the way things clicked on Saturday proving they would be a menace if given the chance.

Skipper Jada Ferguson, having started at halfback in the preceding matches this season, provided the perfect guidance around the park from hooker, while the execution was pinpoint from those around her in a disciplined team effort.

Devils coach Zac Wallwork said it meant more being at home after a special week for the team.

“We spoke about it during the week, we were here Round 1 and haven’t been here for a month, we’ve been on the road for the first half of the season, so to come back and we saw the girls get their names put on the honour board, so it was a special week for us, and to come here in front of fans, family and friends will hopefully spark us for the back end of the year,” he said.

“I thought they all were good. We focused a lot through the middle on setting the tempo there and I thought we did that early which allowed our halves to do their thing and out edges to play the game, so I think everyone was really good. Defensively we were really good but I thought our middles did a great job.”

Wallwork said the team hadn’t really looked at the possibilities of postseason, but either way will be focused on winning away to Mackay and home to Tweed in the next two fixtures.

“What happens after that happens, we’ll just take it in our stride, we’ll just focus on the next two games and winning them,” Wallwork said.

Shenae Ciesiolka was part of a right edge that ran rampant in the first half against the Capras and said the Devils showed composure not seen so far this season and hoped the team could “keep lifting”.

“Our focus is just game by game. Obviously we’ll go back during the week and have a bit of video review and work on what we did today. There’s still lots to improve on and we’re just looking at the game each week,” she said.

“The end goal is we obviously want to win games but I think if we do all the small things right and complete our sets and work really hard together we’ll just get the little wins.

“I think in the past we’ve struggled to complete our sets and in the first half we completed our sets a lot better than what we have been. Towards the back end of the game the little errors crept in that we need to fix in the next couple of games.

“We worked on a few things all-round, sort of pushing in the middle and supporting a little bit better and just being patient. A couple of times there we get really frantic, so it’s just being patient with the ball and good things will come off the back of that.”

Mackay Cutters kept top spot in sight with a runaway 48-4 win over Brisbane Tigers at Totally Workwear Stadium on Saturday night, with centre China Polata and fullback Jasmine Peters both scoring doubles.

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