RD8 '19: Demons vs Wildcats (Women's Premiership)

Alex Geoghegan | 19.07.19

Wandsworth Demons 5.1.31 def. West London Wildcats 3.4.22

The final round of the regular season saw our Premiership Women travel across the Thames to take on fierce rivals the West London Wildcats in an absolutely thrilling contest!

The SheDees chasing victory to round out the home and away season undefeated, whilst a determined Wildcats outfit were out to spoil the party in a showdown that saw both sides play their best footy of the year.

With plenty of sun seekers living their best life abroad this weekend and injuries to add to the unavailable list, the Demons women had to dig deep in a huge effort that exemplified the famous “SheDee” brand of footy.

Whilst across the course of the season the girls have consistently managed to put on the points, the focus this week was to take pride in our brand of footy and be accountable for our role.

With finals just around the corner there was no better time for the girls to prepare with a tough, tightly contested match and the Wildcats certainly brought the game to us getting the jump early doors to score the opener.

Confronted with unfamiliar territory, our girls maintained their composure and as the term progressed we began to take control of the contests with Polly Pavlidis inspiring through some powerful run off the backline and dominating with a number of contested marks to swing the momentum.

Having now attained the ascendency, we responded with a couple of goals of our own to sure up the scoreboard and head into the first break with the lead.

At quarter time we reminded ourselves of the importance of the 1%ers and this prompted a resounding display of sublime football that spanned the next two quarters.

An outstanding midfield performance with the likes of Laura Kealy and Karis Hughes throwing themselves into the hard ball gets combined with some beautiful midfield movement from Georgia Kennedy and Jamie Regoli led to some very classy forward entries.

As per Bonnie ‘Buckets’ Johnson, who finished with 4 majors, was positioned deep in the forward 50 to pluck the footy for some impeccable grabs with ease thanks to the tireless effort of the small forwards who worked the area beautifully.

Entering the final term with a depleted interchange and showing signs of fatigue, we were given a cheeky scare as a Wildcats staged their fightback with 2 quickfire goals and a couple of behinds that may have been converted. A dominant effort by Lauren Mayne in resuming rucking duties allowed us to throw our experienced leaders Priscilla Lodge and Sibella Hare Breidahl into the critical areas to steady the ship and truly tenacious effort by all had us see off the fast finishing cats and get the win.

Special mention to Jamie Regoli who played her final game for the Wandsworth Demons, an absolute SheDee Superstar on and off the field, you will be missed.

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