Demons in fi­nal

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Hor­sham Demons’ ju­nior fe­male foot­ballers are pre­par­ing for their first ever grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance on Fri­day night.

The team won its way to the Deakin Univer­sity Fe­male Foot­ball League ju­nior grand fi­nal with a 4.6 (30) to 0.6 (6) pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal vic­tory against War­rnam­bool in Hamil­ton on Sun­day.

The Demons, who fin­ished sec­ond on the lad­der, started slowly and failed to reg­is­ter a score in the first term, but took con­trol of the match in the sec­ond with 2.4 to one be­hind.

Nekaela But­ler, fresh from a two-game stint with the Western Bull­dogs in the VFL Women’s com­pe­ti­tion, was a stand­out, kick­ing a goal and helping turn the match in Hor­sham’s favour.

Lau­ren Sykes failed to kick a goal for the first time in her past five matches, but was still among Hor­sham’s best, while Mi­ette Hop­per, Bri­odi Cook and Paige Glover all hit the score­board to help fin­ish off the win.

Hor­sham faces a chal­leng­ing op­po­nent in the grand fi­nal, with un­de­feated South War­rnam­bool wait­ing.

The sides met in a semi fi­nal on June 21, with South War­rnam­bool de­feat­ing Hor­sham 5.9 (39) to 0.0 (0).

De­spite not scor­ing, the Demons man­aged to hold the Roost­ers to one of their low­est scores of the sea­son in the game.

Se­niors

Hor­sham Demons made a long trek to take on un­de­feated South War­rnam­bool af­ter the game had a late venue change to Mack Oval.

An atyp­i­cally sunny War­rnam­bool July day led to a clean, fast, free-flow­ing game of foot­ball, with the lad­der lead­ers jump­ing out of the blocks to a three-goal lead at quar­ter time.

Kate Mclean con­tin­ued her clin­i­cal per­for­mance in front of goal, kick­ing the first of the sec­ond quar­ter and the Demons’ only goal for the match, giv­ing the team a burst of en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm.

The Demons held the Roost­ers goal­less in the sec­ond quar­ter with strong de­fen­sive pres­sure, but lacked score­board pres­sure of their own.

The sec­ond half con­tin­ued the see-saw­ing game of foot­ball, with the ball flow­ing deep into each team’s for­ward line but both sides strug­gling to make an im­pact on the score­board.

The Demons charged for­ward early in the last, cre­at­ing a num­ber of early opportunit­ies with­out kick­ing a goal.

The Roost­ers were able to counter at­tack, kick­ing two goals of their own and putting the game to bed.

An ex­hausted Demons side left noth­ing on the park in a sen­sa­tional four-quar­ter effort.

The team wel­comed four new debu­tants in Kahlee Papst, Te­gan Ker­rins, Bon­nie De­lahunty and Olivia Heubener – all per­form­ing well and giv­ing to the Demons’ good run.

The best play­ers for the day were Faith Mcken­zie, Meaghan Pohlner, Beth Bates, Amy Shrive, Te­gan Ker­rins and Sophie Robin­son.

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