Our boys were sent North of the Thames for an away day against the Lions conference squad. The week had been marred by public transport strikes and there was uncertainty of the logistics. Although there was one individual in particular who made the overnight trip from Brighton in anticipation of some football on the Saturday.
Gavin did get a game of football however it was for the Lions as they had struggled for numbers prior to kick off. The whistle blew and we had a game of 18 a side underway – In the early stages it became evident that the Lions may have felt under done or under staffed without a bench. The ball ping ponged in the Demons forward half and the ascendancy was clear from the get go.
There was a fundamental issue in the first half and that was our finish on goal. You would like to blame the wind, the tree hanging over the forward pocket or even the steep incline into the fifty up one end but when you kick 6.12 in the first half then there are obvious drills that need to come out on the training track. The half was powered by the in & under from both Jeff Davies and Frank ODonnell. It was Luke Deards who was critical in marshalling the troops by locking the ball into the forward half and Bryce Mulcahy put a few away in building a buffer at the break.
The Second Half proceeded the same as the previous ended. The boys turned cruise control off and the flood gates opened up. The game ended with 11 different goal scorers even with our seasoned full back, Thibaut Renard, switching to a forward role and scoring his first goal of the season within 30 seconds. Nick Clampett, Justin Wilson, Lachie Turner & Sava Grkinic all put the boots on for the first time for the conference boys and they did not disappoint in playing their roles in the dominant win with the scores ending 18.22 130 to 1.1 7.