Undermanned Demons beaten
FALCONS WIN EASILY DESPITE MISSED OPPORTUNITIES
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.