The final round of the AFL London season concluded with 100-plus point wins across the board as we head into the 2015 finals series, with the biggest win going to the Wandsworth Demons over the Putney Magpies on their home turf.
The brilliance of the Demon’s eighth win of the season took place on their ‘Legend and Ladies’ day down at Clapham Common. The Demons demolished the Magpies, with a team that was organised and players who worked hard for each other for all four quarters, refusing to take their foot off the pedal when a 150-point plus win was in sight.
It’s the biggest margin of the 2015 AFL London season, but the Demons started slowly with four unsuccessful scoring shots and allowed Magpie, Charlie Slim to slot the first major of the game. Little did the Magpies know this would be their only goal for the match and they had just stepped into the Georgiou and Rouse show.
The Demons had winners all over the ground. Trent Georgiou, whose nickname is aptly ‘Tractor’, mowed the field kicking 10 goals straight and showcased his insuppressible marking skills. Similarly, Geoffrey Rouse had 18 scoring shots and secured himself the title of AFL London Lead Goalkicker for 2015 with his solid performance.
The Demons, kept up the high intensity pace and relentless pressure, right from the bounce to the final whistle. Mac ‘n’ Cheese – also known as Sean McManus – with his silky skills and silky mane, wowed the crowd with not only his ravishing hair but his gutsy second, third and fourth efforts. Another Demon standout was Adam Jeffrey who went in for the hard ball time and time again; even more impressive considering the concrete-like surface on the Common.
The Demons used the corridor with ease as the Magpies struggled to keep up the defensive pressure, despite their best efforts. Josh Beattie kicked 3 goals for the Demons, using his speed and agility to kick one particularly impressive snap towards the end of the first.
With a 13-goal first half and a 17-goal second half, a collective sigh of relief echoed around the Common at the final whistle.
The Demons now go into the first round of the finals against their heavyweight rivals, the West London Wildcats.
WANDSWORTH DEMONS: 30.21 (201)
PUTNEY MAGPIES: 1.5 (11)
WANDSWORTH DEMONS – GOAL SCORERS: Georgiou 10, Rouse 6, Beattie 3, Watson 2, Bell, Johnson, Lee, Morris, Murchu, O’Brien, Watson, Wheeler
PUTNEY MAGPIES – GOAL SCORERS: Slim
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