Un­der­manned De­mons beaten


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway -

AN in­ac­cu­rate West Perth proved far too strong for an in­ex­pe­ri­enced Perth De­mons team, to record a com­fort­able 49-point vic­tory in fine con­di­tions at Lath­lain Park on Satur­day.

The Fal­cons went into the match as warm favourites and it wasn’t long be­fore they had their first goal on the board.

The Fal­cons boasted a tall for­ward line, with Mar­cus Adams caus­ing prob­lems for an un­der­manned De­mons de­fence that was mak­ing cru­cial er­rors mi­nus reg­u­lar de­fender Chris Billings.

The De­mons had trou­ble en­ter­ing into their for­ward 50, while the visi­tors were well on top with reign­ing San­dover medal­list Aaron Black and Shane Nel­son con­tin­u­ally driv­ing them for­ward.

At quar­ter time, a waste­ful Fal­cons led the De­mons 4.8 (32) to just 0.2 (2).

In the sec­ond term, the De­mons slowly worked them­selves back into the match af­ter a slow start, with Ai­dan Tropi­ano and Michael Sin­clair both play­ing well in the mid­field.

Bren­nan Stack booted the De­mons’ first ma­jor in the open­ing minute of the sec­ond term. How­ever, the Fal­cons re­sponded with a goal of their own through Michael Lourey.

The Fal­cons were com­pletely dom­i­nat­ing in most po­si­tions, as ruck­man Chris Keenan was well on top. Mitch Mor­ton kicked the De­mons’ sec­ond ma­jor just be­fore half-time, as the Fal­cons con­tin­ued to let them off the hook by miss­ing shots at goal.

At half-time the De­mons were 2.3 (15) while the Fal­cons were 7.19 (61) af­ter kick­ing a waste­ful 3.11 for the quar­ter.

In the sec­ond half, the Fal­cons con­tin­ued their fine form, with Nel­son and Black again pick­ing up qual­ity pos­ses­sions at will.

Young­sters Kurt Ch­ester and Todd Steven­son bobbed up to kick a goal each for the home side, but the Fal­cons had opened up an in­sur­mount­able lead by three-quar­ter time af­ter kick­ing five goals for the quar­ter.

To the De­mons’ credit, they came out with a greater level of in­ten­sity in the last term and had soon kicked quick goals through Stack and the ex­pe­ri­enced Daniel O’Sul­li­van. With Tropi­ano and Sin­clair pro­vid­ing plenty of run, the De­mons were able to outscore the Fal­cons by four goals to two, as both Stack and O’Sul­li­van again scored from set shots to re­duce the fi­nal los­ing mar­gin to 49 points.

Once again the De­mons paid the price for not play­ing a recog­nised ruck­man, with Ben Power and Chris­tian Eyres still out in­jured, which en­abled Fal­con Ke­unen to com­pletely dom­i­nate the cen­tre square and around the ground.

Tropi­ano again dom­i­nated for the De­mons with 33 pos­ses­sions and was well sup­ported by Sin­clair and Mor­ton in the mid­field, with Stack re­turn­ing to form up for­ward, boot­ing four ma­jors.

Next week Perth plays East Perth at Leed­erville Oval.

Mark Thorn­ber

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