RD4 '18: Demons vs Magpies (Women's Conference)

Jimmy "Libba" Exelby | 07.06.18

Wandsworth Demons 2.3.15 def Putney Magpies 1.0.6

The she-dees went into round 4 needing a win, with 2 losses on the bounce and had a task against a quality Putney outfit. A Thursday night home game on the Common would have any footy fan frothin’ like Bruce McAveny watching a Cyril Rioli highlight package, and there was plenty of the good stuff happening on the field to keep the punters frothin’!

1st Quarter was tight. Great display of skills from both teams, and with Junior in the ruck tapping down to Steeley and Laura Kealy, there some quality ball through the middle. Jurdy was tight in defence and was laying down some tasty tackles on the Putney forwards to give the SheDee backline plenty of opportunity to move the ball forward. Down the other end of the field we were able to get the ball deep inside our 50, with Wendy taking a solid mark in front of the sticks, which resulted in a sausage roll with a bit of t-sauce on the side. Yes. Please!

Screech started off the 2nd quarter applying some massive defensive efforts inside our forward 50, tackling left, right and centre. Steeley started the 2nd in the forward pocket and had a chance for a one-way ticket to snag city, but unfortunately it just faded off and went through for a behind. Our midfield unit was once again playing some great footy; Junior was hard in the ruck and gave the on-ballers plenty of footy, Macca ran the defensive wall and ensured the ball stayed inside our forward 50, and Laura Kealy channelled her 2000-2003 Brisbane Lions, with the Queenslander winning plenty of footy and racking up those disposals. Nice made her debut and played well in the ruck, and Meeks was once again having a Stella game on the wing and on ball.

The SheDees started the 3rd Quarter in dominating form, with Nic winning the opening tap to give us first use of the footy! Damo was in great form down back, from taking stylish marks to clearing the ball and moving it forward. Porta displayed some genuine GB pace and shredded half the field only to be taken down inside the 50. Hopefully we’ll get to see more of that in the games to come (the cutting through half their defence bit). The pies hard work was rewarded with a goal to make the score 1.3.9 to 1.0.6

There was plenty of snag talk after the 3rd quarter and Wendy was hungry enough to grab her second snag of the game kicking it off the ground all the way to bunnings. Real tasty stuff! Our girls applied plenty of pressure in both the forward 50 and our defensive 50, with Connos getting in and around the ball and getting it free from congestion and Steph putting her body on the line to make some hard tackles.

It was a massive effort to come away with the win, and the girls made sure they were focusing on the key messages that were passed on during the game. Thursday night footy couldn’t have happened with all the people that helped out, from carrying stuff over from Alex to those that helped run water. The volunteers make the club and they make game day possible, so a massive thanks!

Another important game coming up against the Swans, so a solid week at training so we can go into swinging harder than Matt Hayden on a flat deck.


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