RD7 '19: Demons vs Wildcats (Men's Premiership)
Frank Caldow | 10.07.19
Wandsworth Demons X.X.XX def. by West London Wildcats X.X.XX
With Pride round upon us the Prem Men hosted their biggest rivals in the home leg of the West London Wildcats fixture. Kicking against a slight breeze, the Wildcats jumped us early kicking the opening 2 goals and attaining the early ascendancy. As the quarter progressed we started to work into the game, controlling the momentum and looking the better side for a good chunk of the term before Wildcats turned the heat right up, piling on 4 late goals to take a 32 point advantage into the first break.
The 2nd term we battled hard and once again for a decent part of the quarter played the better football. A few crucial turnovers allowed Wests easy goals which saw them stretch their lead to 41 points at the main break.
We came out flat in the in the 3rd term, and Wests pounced, kicking 2 early goals and all but kill the game. To our credit we fought out the quarter getting on top for a period before allowing Wests to kick a cheap late goal and take a 46 point lead into the final change.
The Wildcats showed their strength in the last term piling on 5 goals to 1 to run out 69 point victors.
Despite the heavy loss there was plenty of positives to come out of the day. We did control the momentum for big portions of the game, looking most dangerous when applying physical pressure on the contests and controlling the ball movement through short 45 kicks.
Individually, last years Best and Fairest winner Jordy Pollard snagged 6 majors in a super individual effort forward.
Pig showed his class up the ground playing as the #1 ruck for the majority of the match.
Brayden continued his stellar season clunking ample contested marks and winning plenty of ball through the middle.
Chip continued to build confidence playing higher up the ground, finding plenty of the ball and showing his class as an outside midfielder.
Tom Lowe in just his 3rd game of AFL showed he has the potential to be a serious player, tackling hard, and winning plenty of contested ball while also kicking his first major. DJ was again super across half back and Boaty battled hard all day.
We play Swans at Hackney this Saturday and if we win will most likely be playing Wests again in the First Semi Final for a spot in the big dance on August 3rd. With plenty of players returning, expect the team to come out firing. Good luck to all teams in round 8.
Goalscorers: J.Pollard 6, T.Lowe 1
Best: J.Pollard, Pig, B.Irving, Chip, DJ, T.Lowe, Boatfield
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