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Islamic State causing name issues for Isis Devils

Mathew Curtis gains some distance for Isis Devils in the A Grade Grand Final at Salters Oval.
Mathew Curtis gains some distance for Isis Devils in the A Grade Grand Final at Salters Oval. Paul Donaldson BUN210914RUG2

BUNDABERG Rugby League (BRL) says it discussed changing the name of one of the teams participating in the grand final to avoid confusion with a terrorist group.

The Isis Devils almost became the Childers Devils because it shares the same name as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria which is commonly referred to by its acronym ISIS.

Leading up to the match, Isis District Rugby League Football Club president and former mayor of Isis Shire Council Bill Trevor said he was informed by the BRL that it had discussed with ABC Grandstand - which was broadcasting the game - that the club was going to be referred to as Childers Devils due to events overseas.

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 "They said they were concerned about what was going on over there and us being called Isis," he said.

"I said that we were registered with the Queensland Rugby League as Isis Devils and I objected strenuously about a name change."

"The committee agreed that if we start changing the way we do things because of things that are happening over there then they win and we lose."

Bundaberg Rugby League president Mike Ireland said he had spoken with both Mr Trevor and ABC Grandstand commentators about changing the name because the grand final would be broadcast in other states that would not be familiar with the Isis region.

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Mr Trevor said the communities within the Isis region were proud of the name which dated back to the late 19th century.

"We don't see any reason to change our legitimate name which either came about from the Isis River in England or Isis the Egyptian goddess of fertility," he said.

"Obviously we go with the goddess reference as it is better for marketing."

Mr Trevor said the players had discussed, with some amusement, the name similarity behind closed doors.

"We say to ourselves that we have to be very careful mentioning Isis because it could be one of those trigger words that sees the CIA looking into our records," he said.

"But we will continue to honour the name of our district no matter what happens overseas."

The grand final was played on Sunday which the Devils lost 28 to 42 against West Panthers.

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Topics:  bundaberg rugby league, childers, isis, isis devils



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