RD5 '19: Demons vs Lions (Men's Premiership)

Frank Caldow | 21.06.19

Wandsworth Demons 5.12.42 def. North London Lions 5.14.44

For the second time this season we came up against North London Lions with the prize being a top 2 finish and a double chance come finals time.

Kicking against an awkward breeze we started well winning of plenty of contested ball through the midfield to give our forwards a chance. As the quarter progressed the Lions started to get on top and a couple of costly errors saw us go into the first break 3 goals to 1 down.

We came out strong in the 2nd term winning more ball through the middle of the field and giving our forwards repeat scoring opportunities. We managed to kick 3 goals to 0 in the term to take a 6 point lead into the main break.

In the 3rd term the wind had changed directions and was now blowing pretty much straight across the field and with this goals were really hard to come by. The Lions midfield were well on top for the quarter, having significantly more inside 50s. They were able to consolidate on the scoreboard though, taking a 4.11 to 4.6 lead into the final break.

Both teams managed 1 goal in the final term and like it has been with so many matches against the Lions over the past few years, the game was right in the balance right up to the final moments. This time the lions came out on top by 2 points. To our credit the endeavor and effort was there for the whole 4 quarters we just need to tidy up a bit on the execution as we push through towards the finals.

James Royes was excellent playing predominantly ruck, positioning himself perfectly and clunking several contested marks across the day.

Isaac Kirby was a rock on the last line of defense, hardly losing a 1 on 1 contest all day. Stewie Williams continued his stellar season and Ned Hunt was huge in the last term across half back.

Fintan McGrath found heaps of the ball, showed his worth as a contested ball beast playing across the midfield and half forward. Gia was also influential across the day and showed he will be a crucial cog in the back end of the season.

Wasn’t our day but plenty of positives to take away as we build toward the business end of the season. This week we have Hawks on the Common. Good luck to all teams and see you down there tomorrow!

Best: J.Royes, Gia, F.McGrath, DJ, N.Hunt, B.Irving
Goals: OBrien 2, Hunt, Gia, McGrath

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