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Taylor steps up for Devils

From the Mercury
Reported by Adam Smith

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ELIJAH Taylor has only played eight quarters of football in 2008 but it has been enough to impress Tasmanian selectors.

The Burnie youngster will make his VFL debut on Sunday against the Northern Bullants in a must-win match for the Devils.

After taking part in pre-season training last year the 21-year-old underwent a knee reconstruction in round four, missing the rest of 2007 and half of this season.

Taylor suffered the injury in round one but played on not knowing the extent of the injury, which meant 12 months on the sidelines.

New spirit as Devils bite

From the Mercury
Reported by Brett Stubbs

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IT was arguably the greatest win in the Devils\' eight-year history -- daylight robbery based on pure passion and emotion.

At half-time at Burnie\'s West Park the Devils trailed fifth-placed Coburg by six goals and again halfway through the last term by 24 points.

But the Devils found something irrepressible and booted the last five goals of the game into the wind to win by a goal -- 15.11 (101) to 13.17 (95).

The final siren saw the team erupt in jubilation in front of the crowd of 3200 and the coaching staff spill out onto the ground to join their charges.

Devils facing big challenge

From the Examiner
Reported by Phil Edwards

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THE TASSIE Devils face their biggest test of the VFL season so far when they take on the top-of-the-table North Ballarat at Austar Arena tomorrow.
Tasmania sits sixth on the VFL ladder with three wins from its five games while the Roosters have won four and lost one.

Devils coach Daryn Cresswell said his side had been in good form in what he described as "an outstanding win" against the Casey Scorpions before last week's bye.

He said his side would go into the game quietly confident.

Leaders to test Devils' depth

From the Mercury
Reported by Adam Smith

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TASMANIA has suffered a big blow to the VFL team's engine room ahead of this weekend's away clash against North Ballarat, with key midfielder Paul Koulouriotis set to miss up to eight weeks with a cracked bone in his right foot.

The former Geelong ball magnet has been playing with discomfort since the pre-season and further damaged the injured foot at training on Monday.

X-rays yesterday confirmed the extent of the problem, with the midfielder now weighing up whether to have surgery on the foot.

Koulouriotis, 26, has been in solid form for the Devils and his loss, coupled with the unavailability of Mariners Aaron Cornelius and Mitch Robinson, will test the depth of the Devils squad.

Cousins a target for VFL's devils

From ABC Tasmania
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Tasmania's VFL coach Daryn Cresswell has attempted to lure former West Coast Eagles star Ben Cousins to the Devils.

Cousins was banned for a year by the AFL for bringing the game into disrepute but he is allowed to play at a lower level.

The premiership player and Brownlow medallist has been invited to train with the Devils but is yet to take up the offer.