TITLE DREAMS: Norths halfback Will Dalais, with a patched up finger, contemplates another grand final opportunity after his team’s latest win at the Ipswich Hockey Complex.
TITLE DREAMS: Norths halfback Will Dalais, with a patched up finger, contemplates another grand final opportunity after his team’s latest win at the Ipswich Hockey Complex. Kate Czerny

Dalais bleeding red as Devils eye title decider

NORTHS speedster Will Dalais was nursing a sore right finger after having it split open in his team's latest A-grade match.

He was left with a gash in his hand during the second half exchange.

However, that did little to dampen his enthusiasm as the Devils power towards another Ipswich grand final.

Norths took over top spot in the Ipswich A-grade competition after beating Hancocks 2-0 on Saturday and Wests upset former competition leaders Easts 4-2 on Sunday.

"That's the one thing we've always been chasing," Dalais said of the minor premiership.

"We've always lost that to Easts.

"We're looking to get into the grand final again."

Will and his 22-year-old twin Jeremy are in their fourth season with Norths having joined the club after a stint with Bellbowrie.

Having come from South Africa, the brothers were in year eight when they started playing C-grade in Ipswich.

"In the early days with Bellbowrie, we were getting smashed and as youngsters we sort of had to step up," Will said.

"That really helped us mature and settle into A grade really early so we came over to Norths with some good experience on the field."

The brothers have provided extra depth for Norths in recent seasons, having also been joined by familiar players like Adam Wooler, Andrew Pratt and Tom Douglass.

Will, his brother Jeremy and Wooler often form Norths' halfback line.

"We did pretty well that first season and then won the grand final the next season," Will said.

"When we came, Norths had won a couple of grand finals and a few players had retired and there were a few gaps. So we all just slotted in straight away."

Regular centre half Will is thrilled to be part of a Norths line-up with a mix of experience and exciting youthful talent.

"We've got a great balance between youngsters and the veterans like Whiz (captain Mark Pocock) and Deano (striking ace Dean Jeffrey)," he said. "And then our young keeper (Kyah Andrew- Sharrad) and our midfield are all in our prime now so we're looking pretty good this season."

Norths captain Pocock sat out Saturday's game, resting a calf injury as he prepares for the Australian Country titles in Toowoomba next month.

However, Dalais was encouraged by Norths' depth.

"The Ressies boys did really well and Kyah stepped up today," Dalais said.

Away from hockey, Dalais is a full-time engineering student with another year of his course to complete at QUT. He hopes to work as a consultant.

Dalais also likes running, spending time in the gym and playing football when he gets a chance.

It's that all-round ability that has Dalais serving Norths well.



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