Waroona falls hard to Mandurah
WAROONA Demons have had a tough start to the 2018 season suffering a loss to Mandurah on Saturday but are looking to take some hits for future gains.
Waroona faced off against Mandurah at Rushton Oval on Saturday with the home side dominating the match to finish, Mandurah 25.12 (162) defeating Waroona 6.4 (40).
Last year saw Mandurah finish bottom of the ladder and while Waroona finished fifth, the Demons fought through a number of finals to meet Pinjarra in the grand final. Mandurah took the initiative against the young Demons side starting off kicking four goals to their one by the end of the first quarter.
While the Demons fought back in the second quarter, Mandurah pulled away kicking seven goals to the Demons’ four.
The gap increased further after half-time, with the home side kicking a further five goals with no reply from the Demons.
The final quarter saw Mandurah dominate the match and take the win with nine goals to none from Waroona.
Ahead of the match, league coach Dean Taylor said the Demons were focussed on developing its young talent this season and would face a tough start.
“We won’t start really playing well until round three or four,” he said.
“A lot of my boys haven’t played a game yet.”
The Demons’ top scorers for the match were Luke Slater with two goals and Matthew Thomas, Rhett Mason, James Vincent and Harrison Hull.
Next week the Demons meet Baldivis in a home ground game at Parnell Street Oval at 2.30pm.
Baldivis finished second on the ladder ahead of finals last year and were beaten by the Demons in the last semi-final.
In the reserves, Waroona 3.9 (27) were defeated by Mandurah 14.3 (87).
In the colts, Mandurah 24.16 (160) defeated Waroona 0.2 (2).