Slow start keeps Demons from win

PERTH’S EF­FORT DON’T PAY OFF

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

two ma­jors. Jared Bell con­tin­ued in good touch in de­fence.

The Demons trailed by 29 points at half time, but a five goal third term put the side in strik­ing dis­tance at last break, when the mar­gin was just 15 points.

The fi­nal quar­ter opened at a fu­ri­ous pace but it was the Sharks who were first on the board.

An­other ma­jor stretched their lead to 29 points.

Perth fought back with goals to Morton and Cody Leggett, and then Rowan Brookes hit the goal post af­ter a strong mark. The Demons squan­dered op­por­tu­ni­ties up for­ward in sev­eral fu­ri­ous pas­sages of play, but when the Sharks kicked their sev­en­teenth, the re­sult was sealed.

BEST: A Tropi­ano, J Bell, B Wolfenden, T Gianatti, J Payne.

The Re­serves side strength­ened their po­si­tion in the top five with a seven goal last quar­ter to be 52-point win­ners over a strug­gling East Fre­man­tle team - 104 to 54.

Daniel Aran­gio and Cal­lum Wal­ley were lively in the for­ward line with three goals each. Aran­gio could have dou­bled that tally, as he also kicked six points.

Lachie Den­nis put in an out­stand­ing game, and Kane Ranstead re­sponded to his de­mo­tion from the league side with a dash­ing ef­fort.

BEST: L Den­nis, K Ranstead, S McGil­livray, B Bor­rett, R Gar­lett, C Wal­ley.

Peter Kennedy In the Colts match, James Bereyne kicked a goal with his first kick in the WAFL Colts comp. Perth put to­gether a good first quar­ter, with Zac Hill do­ing well in the ruck and around the ground, and Chap­man Jones con­tin­u­ing his good form.

But the Demons failed to match it with Old East af­ter half-time. One goal in the sec­ond half re­flected our up and down Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde sea­son. The young Sharks were in first for the ball and ran hard, show­ing us what had to be done to win a game of footy. The loss puts us in the mid­dle of the pack, with a lot of heavy work to be done over the next few rounds to get our noses back in front. The fi­nal score was 84 to 55.

BEST: K Phillips, C Jones, C Chivers, R Po­lak, J Le­vien, J Scad­dan-Blair.

Peter Brear

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