Rd 7: Demons vs Wimbledon Hawks (Women)

Mitch 'Boxy' Skelly | 21.06.16

Wandsworth Demons 2.1 (13) def. by Wimbledon Hawks 9.9 (63)

Another week and another game vs the Hawks. In our first game on the Common for the season the Dee’s got off to a flying start. Some wonderful ball movement from the midfield down to our forwards saw Townsy, Annie, Socksy and Hammond (aka Hammer) all get involved, with Tessa twice on the end of the hard work for 2 goals. The Hawks had plenty of footy, but as usual our backline was well marshalled by Coota and held off the Hawks. Rogle slotted into the half back line with ease and was providing drive forward with some lovely long kicks.

In the 2nd quarter we found it more difficult to get our hands on the footy and the ball was spending increasingly more time in our back half. Dealing with the height of the opposition was proving a challenge, and it gave the Hawks midfield first use of the footy. Credit must be given to Gracie (Greg) and Damo for their efforts playing defensive games on two of the competition's best players and making life difficult for them.

The 3rd quarter was a challenging one for the Demons. Having lost Pinks in the warm up, Screech to an injury and two players who were MIA, the girls had to dig deep. Damo got her hands on the footy and unloaded a lovely 40m drop punt to set up the full forward for a goal, unfortunately it was their full forward… but a great piece of play none the less. The Hawks appeared to have more run in their legs and started to get on top of the game during the 3rd quarter, something we will have to work on in upcoming matches, and by three quarter time the lead was out to nearly 5 goals.

Despite the tired legs, the Dee’s started the 4th quarter with some ferocious tackling. As usual Hammer, Onora and B were throwing themselves into every contest to try and win the ball from the centre. Greg switched into the ruck and gave us more of a chance around the stoppages, and Crabs went to half back and looked like she was born to play that role. Whilst we couldn’t peg any goals back there were plenty of positives to take out of the last quarter. Onora deservedly picked up the Players Player award and the Hawks coach gave Tessa best on and Crabs 2nd best, so some well enjoyed free drinks were had!

With only two home and away games and the ladies day tournament before the finals, it is time to step up training and fulfil our potential as a side. We saw how dangerous we looked when the ball went to our forwards and need to ensure we’re giving them as many chances as possible. With some key players with finals experience to come back into the side, and a few little improvements, there is still much to be gained from this season and everyone should be excited by the opportunity that lies ahead.

Goals: Tessa 2

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