SheDees v Giants
David Jordan | 05.08.21
Dees 10.21.81 - 0.0.1 Giants
The SheDees put on another great display of footy to cap off a near-perfect season (don't get me started) with another resounding victory. Though perhaps not as fluid or as clinical as the previous week - evidenced by just the twenty-one behinds - it lays a marker down to next week's grand final opponents; our oldest and biggest rivals, the West London Wildcats.
Playing on our home turf (the largest playing surface in London by some distance) with the Giants fielding 13 meant acres of space for our midfield to wreak havoc. Longy (who also snagged a goal), Hux, Gemma, Tay, Chloe and Nools dominated their opponents, making up for a size deficit with guile, skill and heart; Hux somehow managing to get called for high contact against the Giants most aggressive inside midfielder. Prip was sensational, winning hitout after hitout after her conversion to ruck late in the season. Rogle continues to grow in stature, playing some exceptional footy on the wing by using her spatial awareness and speed to get into excellent spots. Katie and Calam were calm and composed when called upon, acting as the outlet out wide when required.
Meanwhile at the front, our tall forwards had stormers, Kelsy bagging five majors, Amber chipping in with another and Scod grabbing three while doling out some ferocious tackling and forward pressure. One massive hit in front of the sidelines was a particular crowd pleaser, eliciting the biggest cheer of the day from the Demons assembled on the sidelines. Likewise, Cayne, Hannah E and Sam continued where they'd left off, always working hard to get to feet, and could have had a few each on another day. Pip filled in around the ground too, and nearly scored one of the goals of the year from the sidelines.
At the back, Britt took over Prip's leadership role at Centre-half Back seamlessly, while the two Bex (Bec and Bek), Jaff and Alanna worked tirelessly to keep the Giants scoreless. That's 4 of 5 league games where the Dees haven't conceded a goal - a mightily impressive record.
With the Giants reduced to 13, the demons ran an 11 person bench making playing time a little difficult to dole out, and enormous thanks to a number of ladies that stepped up from the Conference to play a strong supportive role for the Prems side - Hannah Ephgrave, Tori Jaffer, Alanna Videky all playing valuable roles in our victory.
So on to the 'undefeated' Cats in the final. In my mind we go in as favourites, having played the best football in the division all year with our skills, run and carry, and forward pressure. I have firm belief in these girls, but whatever happens, I'm so proud of their hard work and what they've achieved. I can't wait to watch them crush it in the big dance on Saturday!
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