After a close loss to the reigning premiers last week, the Wandsworth Demons were up against North London Lions at London’s Bound Green in Round 2 of the AFL London 2015 season.
The Demons were at their blistering best during the opening quarter, kicking with a favourable wind, they piled on four quick goals to set up a crucial break. The Demons dominated possession keeping the Lions to just 1 solitary behind.
The 2nd quarter saw the Lions come back hard; three fast goals saw them back in the game before momentum was halted by injury. The Demons tried to take advantage of the stoppage, but the Lions defense and a stiff breeze kept them to a few behinds.
Tension was mounting, with scores close and a couple of keen contests as tempers flared. Nearing the conclusion of the first half, Lion Ruory Kirkby leapt over the top of the pack for a contender of mark of the year. Not being able to cap it off with a goal, the teams took to the main break with the Demons leading by 13 points.
The half time huddles saw the Lions coach Ben Quick giving a much needed rev up, while the Demons coach, Conor Wilson, put emphasis on keeping up intensity.
At the start of the third, the Lions managed a quick goal bring the margin down to 7 points. The Demons, however answered quickly with a goal and another three points taking the margin out to 16 points. With ball pressure and possession continuing for the demons, some fancy footwork from Michael Pitman saw another goal for the Demons. The margin out to 30 points at three quarter time, however the Lions were kicking with the wind in the fourth and final quarter.
The Lions began their comeback with an immediate goal. However Demon Josh Walker got his hands to the ball, tearing up the wing and kicking to a contest. No mark saw Walker follow up his hard work, and got it to James McLeay who took the margin back to 30 points. The enthusiasm of the crowd, led by conference player, Xavier Holland, got the boys excited.
A last ditch effort from the Lions saw Kirkby go up for another hanger this time converting the goal. Back to the centre and the Lions were back at it with David Strugnell bringing the margin back to 17 points.
While the Lions came out determined to fight their way back into the contest but they couldn’t capitalise on the advantageous breeze and went down to the Demons by 17 points.
Other Premiership Division Results
The West London Wildcats continued their strong start to the season, with a big win over the Putney Magpies 21.23.149 to 3.5.23
The London Swans enjoyed their first win of the year, beating the Wimbledon Hawks 13.9.87 to 4.9.33
Conference Division Results
South East London Giants 6.11.47 defeated London Swans 4.6.30
Regents Park Lions 8.7.55 defeated Clapham Demons 2.5.17
Social Division Results
South London Demons 7.6.48 defeated Bounds Green Lions 4.1.25
Ealing Emus 20.7.127 defeated Reading Roos 1.1.7
Putney Magpies 12.12.84 defeated South East London Giants 2.1.13
Women’s Division Results
Wimbledon Hawks 10.10.70 defeated South East London giants 1.2.8
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