Clapham Demons 12.10 (82) def. Shepherds Bush Raiders 6.5 (41)
Round 1 greeted us with cold, wintry conditions, which meant we were in for a hard slog. And was made all the more difficult as we were up against reigning premiers, the Shepherd’s Bush Raiders.
The Round 1 team saw a mixture of old and new players which adds a bit of an unknown but also adds that extra bit of energy in the group.
The first quarter saw an arm wrestle with neither team able to get on top. For the Demons we had plenty of forward entries but weren’t able to capitalised. The backline held up well in the first (as they did all game), led by the fossil Mitch Skelly and supported by the usual suspects in Ki, Mangoes and Sharps. Special mention to the Moose who played a fantastic game in his first game of football and Tank who may have found his spot down back.
The second quarter saw the Dees click into gear with the midfield starting to get on top. H, Fin, Ben Ryan, Soon, Jarel, Metcalfe, Evan, G, Coulson and Strelec were able to get on top and offered plenty of opportunities to our forwards who were starting to look dangerous.
The third continued much like the second with our forwards Dickfos, Grundy, Yeao and Gareth Gibson causing plenty of headache’s on the back of our continued good work through the midfield and backline.
A beautiful sausage by Metcalfe (45 out on the boundary) got the boys excited and it was onwards and upwards from there.
Whilst we managed to control the game for large parts of the game, to the Raiders credit they were always in the contest and certainly took their opportunities in front of goal.
At the final siren it was the Demons 41 points up to take away the win.
The most pleasing part of the game was that everyone contributed and played a role. A great first up performance but still plenty to work on for the boys.
Lastly, a big thank you to Xav (and the committee) and the Wildcats for their efforts in organising last Saturdays matches. In difficult circumstances it was great to see everyone working together to ensure the day could go ahead.