Demons pin hope on young

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - DRIVEWAY - Aaron Cor­lett

PERTH Demons en­dured an­other dif­fi­cult sea­son last year, fin­ish­ing last on per­cent­age, but there is still some hope.

A last round win over East Perth was not enough as they picked up their third spoon in four sea­sons.

Some of the key ins in­clude Corey Yeo, brother of West Coast Ea­gles star El­liot Yeo, and Matthew Tay­lor, who was pre­vi­ously picked up by North Mel­bourne in the rookie draft.

Coach Earl Spald­ing said they were dis­ap­pointed to fin­ish at the foot of the table again but felt they had un­earthed some very tal­ented young play­ers who were part of the suc­cess­ful 2016 Colts team.

“We were smashed with in­juries and lost a fair bit of ex­pe­ri­ence from the pre­vi­ous sea­son, so we were al­ways go­ing to be up against it, so the main ob­jec­tive was to give th­ese young play­ers a taste of league foot­ball with both eyes on the fu­ture,” he said.

“Our vic­tory in the last game against a very ex­pe­ri­enced East Perth side should give us great con­fi­dence go­ing into this year.”

Spald­ing said he ex­pected im­prove­ment from the club’s young play­ers, who were older, fit­ter and stronger.

They had also re­cruited some ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

“We’ve tar­geted our de­fence all over the ground as an area we needed to im­prove on and have ded­i­cated a ses­sion a week to this,” he said.

But Spald­ing did not think the Demons could win the premier­ship this sea­son, although he ex­pected them to be a much more com­pet­i­tive side.

“We’ve had a sprint coach work­ing with the group and we think the re­sults will hold us in very good stead, with our out­side speed to be a fea­ture of our play,” he said.

“This was an area that was very in­con­sis­tent last year, as was our abil­ity to hit tar­gets by foot and a num­ber of our re­cruits come with good rep­u­ta­tions in re­gards to foot skills.” 7. 14. 21. 28. 11. v South Fre­man­tle @ Fre­man­tle Oval. Au­gust 18. v Su­bi­aco @ Leed­erville Oval. Au­gust 25.

St Kilda mid­fielder Clint Jones will once again be an im­por­tant player for the Demons. Rd 2: Rd 3: Rd 4: Rd 5: Rd 6: Rd 7: Rd 8: Rd 9: Rd 10: Rd 11: Rd 12: Rd 13: Rd 14: Rd 15: Rd 16: Rd 17: Rd 18: Rd 19: Rd 20: Rd 21:

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