Rd 6: Demons vs Wildcats (Premiership)
Frank "Frank" Caldow & Ash "Ash" Walsh | 16.06.16
Wandsworth Demons 11.7 (73) def. by West London Wildcats 13.8 (86)
Going into the match 5-0, a win against the Wildcats would secure top spot for the Demons and make us the team to beat come finals.
Having just seen both the Social and Conference teams being beaten comfortably it was always going to be set for a tight hot match. The two top sides in the Premiership Division went head to head in a high quality match that saw the Wildcats secure a win late in the game by two goals. You would be hard pressed to find a better game of footy anywhere.
It was a tale of two halves with the first half going the Demons way. The mids were able to win their fair share of ball out of the middle, the backline held strong against tall, mobile opponents and the forwards got on top with Rousey on song in front of goal. The Demons played some fantastic attacking footy.
Rain fell for the first 15 minutes of the game which caused for a slippery start to the match and this combined with high intensity football saw errors on both ends. Demons kicked the 1st and from there both teams steadied and through some quality football use, the quarter was fairly even, Demons ending with their noses in front at quarter time. The second quarter we came out firing, dominating the first half of the quarter through tackling pressure and good ball use getting out to a 4 ½ goal lead before once again Wildcats regained momentum, kicking the last two of the term to get back within 16 points.
After the long break the Wildcats got right on top through their midfield and although controlling momentum for much of the quarter were restricted by a disciplined backline who were up against a damaging trio of tall forwards. Demons up by a kick at three quarter time.
The last quarter was much the same as the 3rd. Demons battled hard and if a few bounces went the other way the result could have easily be different but on the day Wildcats won a very entertaining and quality game of football.
With plenty of positives, we look forward to taking them on again later in the season. Congratulations also must go to Andy and DJ who have secured a spot in the GB team - well done boys.
The Alex Play of the Day goes to the beautifully strong Nafan who at one stage took on three opponents in their forward line and stopped an almost certain goal with a bone shattering tackle that didn't let the ball spill out - something we have got used to throughout the season.
Best: A.Watson (UK), G.Rouse, P. O’Leahy (Ire), J.Beattie, H.Pearce, J.Wheeler(UK)
Goals: Rousey 5, Chiz 2, Jet 2, Harry 1, Cooney 1
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