The Dalby Devils under-9s hit the road for the Paul Bowman Challenge.
The Dalby Devils under-9s hit the road for the Paul Bowman Challenge. Emily Bradfield

Devils under-9s ready to take on state's best at carnival

RUGBY LEAGUE: Young but mighty members of the Devils are ready to do Dalby proud as they hit the road on a 1000km-plus trip to the prestigious Paul Bowman Challenge this weekend.

The 15 Devils players will represent the Darling Downs at the carnival as the only team from the Toowoomba competition making the trip to Proserpine for the annual under-9s carnival.

In the greatest opportunity of their football careers to date, the Devils will play eight rounds over two days, plus finals, with about 80 teams in total nominated for the event.

Archie Martin was among the excited players ready to take on a new opportunity.

"It's going to be really fun and there's going to be a lot of teams so it's going to be hard for all of us to play as a team but I'm very much looking forward to it,” he said.

Louie Machin agreed, saying he was most looking forward to playing with his friends.

"I'm really excited because I get to play with all my friends up there ... it's going to be a long way but it's worth it,” he said.

Innes Dellit, who has been playing for the Devils for about two years, said the long trip would all be worth it for new memories with friends.

"It'll be exciting to go up there and play with all my friends and we'll all try hard to try to win them all and have fun,” he said.

"It's exciting to go on a trip and it's worth it because we can have fun with our friends ... It's more exciting than normal games because we get to play two days.”

Will Dowling said he was most excited to test out the team's strength against teams they'd never played before.

"I want to go and smash them and have some fun,” he said.

"Playing different teams you don't know which teams are fast and you don't know what they're like before you start.

"Once you get in there and have the first game then you can have fun with the rest.”

The Devils U9s were given a mighty send-off from the club on Tuesday with Diehards players Josh Chappell and Eddy Kelly presenting each player with their jersey.

The Devils will play tomorrow, September 21 and Sunday, September 22.


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