Wandsworth Demons 10.10 (70) Def North London Lions 7.13 (55)
It was a hard fought victory for the Prem team last week with the game going down to the wire.
The coin didn't fall our way and we kicked into the wind and up the hill for the first term. The Lions came out firing and she was a hot footy with huge pressure being put on the back line who to their credit held strong. Nobby fisted about 30 balls and Pup cleaned up everything in his area showing his class across half back. A mix of errant kicking and pressure saw the Lions kick inaccurately, finishing the quarter with 2.7 to our single goal.
The second term saw the wind allow the Demons to get on top - opening with a belter from Disco right on the boundary. But to the Lions credit they were able to sneak a couple and scores were almost even going into half time - setting up for a massive second half.
The message was clear at half time, the game would be won or lost in the third quarter - not allowing the opposition to kick ahead too far with the wind was vital. As predicted, the Lions used the wind to put scoreboard pressure on the Dees - but it was OE who provided the spark up forward - kicking a goal and narrowly missing a set shot. It was a 23 point ball game going into the final quarter with the Dees trailing.
What a final term it was, although the Demons had most of the ball, they couldn't convert early keeping the Lions in the game. Rousey and Rabbits were battling hard deep forward, but it was a little bit of yes ploooise from swing man Sammy Drake that broke it open for the quarter. In the Man with a Van play of the Day - Sammy Drake got on the end of a sloppy Sexy Kev handball deep in the pocket with four to beat. Wait, to help with the visual, Drakey literally rolled in a Cadbury Factory esc candy store and sold all of the candy to all of the Lions players (who willingly paid their money, only to sit down on the ground to eat it) complete with Nintendo Donkey Kong type moves and a beautiful snap around the body to finish. And boy was the celebration good - love a backman's goal. An inspired Dees side was then able to finish the game out strongly to run out ultimate winners. It has been a great start to the season against the top two sides, but there's still plenty to improve on and some big games coming up against the Hawks and new comers in the Giants.