RD8 '17: Demons vs Hawks (Social)

Stu Fox | 07.07.17

Demons 5.5 (35) def Hawks 2.3 (15)

A schedule swapped around, alternative playing times and general craziness abound was seemingly the nature of the day and the Super 3's maintained the look and feel for most of it. Playing the Wimbledon Hawks on Clapham Common was meant to be straight forward affair, but just as the day itself was different – our version of football was also.

Missing a large contingent of our core squad, things were always going to be slightly off kilter, however as a team we were prepared for this and we were all aware that the expectation is all who are named to play on the day turn up early (to help set up), play harder and stand taller. This sadly wasn't the case in the first term; with the immediate injury to stand-in Captain, Jeremy Coombes, we were well and truly on a back foot (pun intended) that not even he could fix. The Hawks were swooping all over our kicking and intercepting at will. Demons were second to the ball on 90% of occasions, we managed to forget team rules and kick erratically in the direction of no one in particular. The Hawks managed to hit the scoreboard in the First Quarter with a solitary 1 goal, ultimately we were very lucky that a few of our back men were resolute in the face of intense pressure and hold that margin.

The Second Quarter was much like the first with a lack of intensity, no voice, and no sacrifice. The Demons did start to produce some worthy passages of play which indicated they might be right to go for the second half. Again the defence was outstanding, lead by Al 'Al-Skel' Skelly, hard nose playmaking by Damon 'Damo' Urwin and standout play by Dion 'Diesel' Obst. The Super 3's kept the Hawks goal-less and sustained the margin to only be down 1 goal at Half Time.

Prior to the beginning of the Third Quarter, the players received a transcendental spray from their Game day Manager Stu 'Kettles' Fox which seemingly shook the sleep out of their collective eyes. The Super 3's started out with clean touches from the centre, Lachlan 'Lock'n'Key' Robinson, Brett 'Bert' Hoare and Hayden 'Haydos' Drage were silky and were supported by Bevan 'Bevo' Connolly out on the wing and Rob Dills on the Flank. The Demons took the lead with a two-goal haul and looked to turn the tables on what had been a terrible day at the office.

The Final Quarter was something akin to a typical Super 3's form line, all the boys were up-an-about, looking the opposition in the eye, taking the hard hits and slotting the goals. A restructured forward line with Simmo filling a defensive forward pocket role helped keep the ball forward of the Centre Square for the majority of the quarter. Kevin 'Sexy Kevin' O'Brien made huge difference with his sublime skills whether at the centre bounce or driving the ball goal-ward. The shining light for the game by a country mile was Dion 'Diesel' Obst who was outstanding down back and really kept the wolf from the door for the first half, a real BOG effort.

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