Clapham Demons 5.7.37 def. by Shepherds Bush Raiders 8.16.64
The 1 v 2 battle saw the Conference boys take on the Shepherds Bush Raiders. During the home and away fixtures it was one a piece so this was set for a big clash, with both teams liking their chances.
Whilst the thirds were treated with beautiful conditions for football, this was not the case for the magoos, as the rain belted down for the first. In tough conditions, it was the Raiders that adapted best, winning clearance after clearance and converting on the scoreboard. The Raiders were fast out of the blocks kicking the first 4 to the Demons 2 behinds. The raiders were simply too good and were first to the ball.
Rolling into the second, it was much the same, as the Raiders spread and ball movement was causing headaches for the Dees. Whilst the Demons were slowing working into the game, it was the Raiders who extended their lead to 5 goals at half time.
The third quarter was when we really kicked into gear. The midfield got to work, with Darcy ‘the work horse’ Taylor getting his hand on the ball. Boatfield was a rock in defence, and H had the Raiders boys scrambling at every contest. It was a grinding display by the Demons boys as we got within 10 points going into the last.
With a sniff of victory in the air, the boys went into the last quarter with everything to play for. Unfortunately the hard work of the third took its toll and the Raiders were able to gain the ascendency to run away with 27 point win. Whilst a disappointing result, confidence remains high as we showed we can mix it with the best.
It was a tremendous effort from the Demons boys as we could have easily laid down. The first quarter was where it was won, but we showed plenty of positive signs throughout the day. Full attention now moves to the Prelim final as we take on the Wimbledon Hawks in a knock out showdown. Huge game!!!