Wandsworth Demons 2.4 (16) def. by North London Lions 3.6 (24)
After five months of pre-season training and social functions the Dee’s ladies finally got a chance to take the park in their quest to defend the premiership of 2015. With a huge roster bursting with enthusiasm and new talent we were able to select a match day squad of 26 for the 1st official game of 2016 and give as many players a run as possible. Following the success of 2015 confidence was high and expectations were to pick up a win against the Lions who have previously struggled in the womens competition.
The Demons started the game well, going in hard and creating a contest in the centre square, however it was the Lions who looked the goods in the first half. With some powerful midfielders and dangerous targets up forward we knew we had a real game on our hands. Our forward saw little opportunity in the first half, and when the ball did head down our end we didn’t create enough space or provide a real threat to the Lions. With marking targets like Becks and Socksy up forward it will be crucial for us to get the ball in quick whilst they have room to lead and take some marks. Townsy looked to be our most dangerous forward whenever in possession, however it was our back six who were well lead by Coota that kept us in the game.
In the second half the Demons looked far more dangerous with Rogle having a great first game and getting an opportunity to use her long kicks into our fowards. Becks and Socksy started to get their hands on the footy and all of a sudden things looked more positive. Crabs battled in the ruck all day to make a contest and provide an option around the ground and B was everywhere, picking up possessions, laying tackles and selling some of the sweetest candy you’ll ever see out on the score board wing. Our forward pressure was much better in the second half with some strong tackling from Hammond who refused to let the ball leave her area.
Unfortunately we missed some opportunities to kick goals and fell 8 points short of a very solid Lions outfit. Whilst it was disappointing to lose, we now know there won’t be a single easy game this season and we have some key areas to work on including our spread from the contest, creating space in the forward line and marking up tighter when the opposition is in possession.