Wa­roona falls hard to Man­durah

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - David Charlesworth

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).

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