De­pleted De­mons left Thun­der­struck

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

PEEL Thun­der con­tin­ued their im­pres­sive form this sea­son with a com­fort­able win over an un­der­manned Perth De­mons side at Rush­ton Park on Satur­day.

It was Thun­der that kicked the first goal through for­mer De­mon Gerald Ugle in the open­ing min­utes.

Thun­der were well in con­trol early on with reg­u­lar Fre­man­tle Dock­ers Zac Clarke, Paul Duffield and Tendai Mzungu all com­bin­ing well in the cen­tre of the ground.

The home side made good use of the breeze in the open­ing term and took an ad­van­tage of 20 points into the quar­ter time break af­ter kick­ing 4.4 to the De­mons’ 1.2.

The sec­ond term saw the De­mons slowly work their way back into the match through the hard work of Adian Tropi­ano and Liam McKenna, who were pick­ing up im­por­tant touches in the mid­field. They man­aged a cou­ple of goals through Bren­nan Stack and Mitch Mor­ton, who were both lively up for­ward, but Thun­der stead­ied close to half time through Matthew Taberner to lead by 16 points at half time.

The sec­ond half saw Thun­der as­cer­tain their as- cen­dancy on the match with a sig­nif­i­cant height ad­van­tage over their op­po­nents all over the ground. The De­mons could only score one goal for the term while the Thun­der piled on 7 goals to set up a com­mand­ing lead at the fi­nal break.

The last quar­ter saw the De­mons cer­tainly fight the match out with Brent Latch along with both Tropi­ano and McKenna in the thick of the ac­tion but once again scor­ing op­tions were few and far be­tween with Thun­der well on top in the back line.

The fi­nal win­ning mar­gin of 62 points was cer­tainly dis­ap­point­ing for De­mons fans with the side lack­ing a con­sid­er­able amount of height with both their reg­u­lar ruck­man in Chris­tian Eyres and Ben Power still out in­jured.

The usual sus­pects played well for the De­mons with both Tropi­ano and Mckenna con­tin­u­ing their out­stand­ing form in the mid­field, but as has been the case all sea­son Perth lacked key mark­ing tar­gets up in their for­ward line.

Next week Perth De­mons have a bye and then re­turn home to Lath­lain Park to play the Fal­cons.

Mark Thorn­ber

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