Demons fiz­zle af­ter fast start

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - TRAINING & EDUCATION -

PERTH made a fly­ing start with eight first quar­ter goals but Swan Dis­tricts took over from there to record a 12-point Round 1 WAFL vic­tory on Satur­day at Bassendean Oval.

Both teams oc­cu­pied the bot­tom two spots on the lad­der at the end of the 2016 sea­son, so get­ting off to a fast start was go­ing to be im­por­tant as they look to make dra­matic im­prove­ments in 2017.

It was all out at­tack in the open­ing quar­ter with both sides play­ing at­trac­tive and at­tack­ing foot­ball, and tak­ing their chances in front of goal.

The re­sult was 12 goals be­tween them in the open­ing term as the Demons kicked the open­ing four, and then eight to four to hold a 24-point ad­van­tage at quar­ter-time.

Things qui­etened down a lit­tle in the sec­ond quar­ter and de­spite Perth man­ag­ing just the one goal, the Demons did still lead by 11 points at the long break.

Swans con­tin­ued to turn things around in the third quar­ter, kick­ing four goals to two to hold a slen­der lead at the last change by six points.

Swan Dis­tricts had the mo­men­tum and de­spite only kick­ing one goal in the last term, that was the only ma­jor of the quar­ter and was enough to se­cure the 12.11 (83) to 11.5 (71) vic­tory.

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