RD5 '18: Demons vs Swans (W.Conf)
Mitch Skelly | 15.06.18
Clapham Demons 2.3.15 def London Swans 2.1.13
The sun was out, the Big Freeze on the 'C was in full swing and the top two teams in the division played out a great game of footy. The only thing Saturday missed was a moustached Queenslander wearing Budgy Smugglers and referring to D grade movies in his pre match address.
The first quarter of footy was some of the best the women's Conference division has seen all season, with a fast free flowing style played by both sides. For the Dee's Junior was winning plenty of ruck taps and giving the midfield unit of Macca, Steely, Porta and Becks a chance to send the ball inside 50. Up front, Pants was proving a handful, and the introduction to footy for Springs couldn't have gone better. Both got themselves on the scoreboard with a tasty sausage roll to light up the Common.
After quarter time the game got much tighter with both teams refusing to give an inch. Down back Damo, Connos and Beast were leading the way, stopping their opponents whilst creating attacks. Continuing her run of good form, Aussie Steph was throwing herself amongst it to support her teammates with shepherds and tackles. Fortunately these tackles were much bigger and firmer than those we saw during the ice dunking later in the day.
In the 3 rd term the Demons threw everything at the Swans but they refused to give in, constantly looking dangerous with their own fast running style of footy. Connos moved up the ground and looked very comfortable in the midfield, whilst Jurdy and Juice continued to do whatever it they could to stop the Swans from scoring.
With a one-goal lead at the final break it was anyone’s game and a big final effort was needed to seal the deal. Junior continued to win the ruck, tackle hard and surge forward, whilst Springs and Linda were a constant threat. The Dee's couldn't quite manage a goal, but a couple of handy points were scored, which proved to be significant in the context of the game. With around 2 minutes to go the Swans finally got their 2 nd goal on the board, but the disciplined Dee’s managed to hold on for their 3 rd win of the season by 2 points, and also move into top spot on the ladder at the half way point of the season.
The women’s Conference now have a 2 week break and a chance to freshen up, put in some big sessions on the track before an away day at Putney and get a few frothies into them whilst watching the premiership team. With Libba back from the Paris Fashion show the side will be 100% ready to make it 3 wins on the trot!
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