RD3 '18: Demons vs Giants (Women's Premiership)

Mitch "Boxy" Skelly | 30.05.18

Wandsworth Demons 13.12.90 def South East London Giants 0.0.0

On a day of Royal Weddings and FA Cup finals it’s fair to say the major media outlets were very busy, and shamefully overlooked the AFL London fixtures, as such you’ve all tuned into to this website to read all about the “Carnage on the Common” – a 15 goal win to the She-Dees over the Giants. Following a tight game last week with the Lions, the expectations were of another tight affair with our 2017 Grand Final opponent. 

Before we get into the match, big thank you to Crocodile Nick, who has been our runner the past 2 weeks, Noodles for sorting out all of the paperwork on Saturday, as well as running our bench rotations to perfection, and everyone who ran water or goal umpired for the team. I often forget to recognise these efforts, but it’s what our club is built on and deserves praise and/or beer.

The Dees were pumped up from the outset and started the game strong, Spud had the ball on a string and our forwards were working hard to provide an option. Despite controlling the play for the best part of the quarter we were unable to put a goal on the board and managed 3 behinds. It certainly wasn’t all 1 way traffic, G-Banger, Prip and Mad-Dog-Murphy were among the defenders help with defensive clearance work.

The message at quarter time was to up the level pressure applied to our opponents, whilst being a little more composed with ball in hand and giving our forwards a chance. The next 15 minutes was some of the best footy I’ve seen played by our Women’s side, Sez was winning the ruck, Trucker was winning clearances and Naomi Fimano was clinical up forward, kicking 2 goals. Playing in her new role as a forward, Crofty was relishing the opportunity and banged on a couple of goals herself, with Katie and Buckets also scoring a double. 6 goals were scored for the quarter, and it could have been more with a couple of kicks sliding through for behinds.

Following a half time break in the shade the She-Dees continued their attacking footy in the 3rd term. After spending 4 quarters in a defensive role last week Jamie Regs was running herself ragged on the wing, at one stage winning the footy at half back before charging up the ground to end up having a shot from the boundary to kick a lovely goal. The back 6 continued to play disciplined footy which allowed our mids and forwards the freedom to attack and create. Another 3 goals were scored and the opposition were still to register… as promised the backs and forwards were given the old switcheroo!

Starting the final quarter with Vicky Liv in a back pocket and Prip at Full Forward nobody knew what to expect!! Junior in the ruck was still providing opportunities for the engine room, with Karis, B and Steve ensuring our new look forward line wasn’t waiting long for the footy. Despite 5 years of footy Prip had never scored a goal before, so when she had a set shot from deep in the pocket…. well hopes weren’t high. What unfolded was simply superb, opening up the angle and slotting a goal right between the big sticks (1 big post and wonky piece of PVC piping being held up with sticky tape). By the time she was dragged late in the quarter she had 3 goals to her name, and Steve scored a 4th for the quarter to ensure the biggest win our women’s side have had.

There’s now a 28 day gap between women’s Premiership games, so it’s a perfect opportunity to get those niggly injuries cherry ripe and do a solid block of training. The Lions are our next opponent, and coming of a 67 point win over West London they’ll be looking to get 1 back on us after round 2, so it’s crucial we don’t take the footy off the gas!

Goals – Prip 3, Croft 2, Nom Fim 2, Katie 2, Jamie 1, Junior 1, Steve 1, Buckets 1

Best – Fimano, Murphy, Croft, Lodge, Regoli, Jeffress

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