WELCOME TO SEASON 2019
Hello True Believers,
With the season proper quickly approaching, the Demons faced their second JLT Match needing to display a more consistent application of work ethic over four quarters. The Dees gave much needed game time to May, Gawn, Hibberd, Van den Berg, and Lewis with Nathan Jones, Jack Viney and Jake Melksham lining up for Casey Demons.
The first stanza began with a bang with the Lions Hipwood causing early headaches up forward on Oscar McDonald with two early goals. Steven May was shifted onto him and did well to curb his influence for the rest of the game whilst Jaydon Hunt started forward and was lively with two first quarter majors. Brisbane held sway early on and already Lachie Neale appears to be the recruit of the season. His glorious use of handball released his teammates on numerous occasions and accordingly the Lions enjoyed a well deserved twenty point lead at quarter time with scores being Brisbane 7.4 (46) to Melbourne 4.2 (26).
In the second term, the Demons through Max Gawn wrested back the midfield initiative allowing Oliver, Brayshaw and Petracca to take advantge of his dominance. The Dee’s kicked five goals in the term to Brisbane’s two and only trailed by two points at the half, scores being 9.6 (60) to 9.4 (58). Unfortunately, Jay Kennedy-Harris injured himself in a marking contest which required his removal from the ground via a stretcher. Whilst he will not require surgery, it appears that he will miss between twelve to fourteen weeks which is wretched luck for a young man seeking to establish himself as a regular member of the side.
The Demons now faced the second half of the game needing to back up their good work in the second quarter but frustratingly could only apply themselves in patches whilst the Lions commendable work ethic once again seized back the momentum in their favour. The Lions kicked 4.1 to the Demons paltry 1.2 for the quarter enabling them to hold a nineteen point lead at three quarter time, 13.7 (85) to 10.6 (66)
The final quarter was a see saw affair with the Dees winning the term kicking 5.1 to 3.1 but like the week before fell agonizingly short by seven points. Also to add insult to injury, Steven May in his first hit out failed to impact a marking contest involving young Berry from Brisbane and in doing so collided late on that player. Much to everyone’s annoyance he has copped a week suspension and will miss the club’s season opener against Port Adelaide.
SUMMARY – Whilst the result is immaterial, the boys again failed to learn from their earlier effort against Richmond. Their patchy form leading into the season proper will not “cut the mustard” against a Port team in round one whose JLT form has been impressive in it’s intensity. Some of our key personnel seem under done and only a fanatical four quarter effort from the Demons will “get the chocolates” on 23rd of March.
Speaking of which, The Western Demons have organised our first TV function for 2019 at The Empire Bar at 220 Great Eastern Highway in Rivervale commencing st 10.45am WST. Supporters can avail themselves of the special of the day by way of a $20 steak sandwich from 11.30am washed down with bargain priced pints of Carlton Draught at $6. Given this is our first TV function of the year and we are keen in our endeavours to make The Empire the HOME OF THE MELBOURNE FOOTY CLUB IN WA, we call on everyone whose heart beats true to attend, cheer the boys loudly and enthusiastically and kick the year off with a big win at the “G”
See you at The Empire!!!
Yours in DEESperation of Victory No 1