With only one point the difference the last time West London faced the men from Wandsworth, it was safe to say Saturday’s clash was highly anticipated.
The preceding games had the Wildcats fired up; with second’s player Clint Johnson kicking the winning goal after the final siren and the thirds controversially running over the Demons.
The Premiership encounter game kicked off with tempers flaring and bodies clashing hard. Unfortunately for Wandsworth, West London absolutely dominated the first quarter with big Tom Steinfort kicking three strong goals and Jared Risol slotting another two. The first break was welcomed by the Demons, who only managed a behind for the quarter.
The Demons were able to take more control of the game in the second quarter, slowing the Wildcats down ever so slightly as they faced the more favourable scoring end. Trent Georgiou laid a brilliant tackle to gain possession and kick the Demon’s first goal and leading goal kicker of the season, Geoffrey Rouse, slotted their second for the game. Still, a 49-point margin took the frustrated Demons into the major break with a bit to think about.
Skills from both sides were strong; however, the Demons were just unable to penetrate their forward fifty and convert. Alternatively, the Wildcats structure, once they got the ball, was immaculate with players in all the right places.
The third quarter was disappointing for the Demons, who the crowd expected to come out with a vengeance. Steinfort laid it on thick and showing he was a force to be reckoned with. He kicked another four goals, taking his total to seven for the game. Lloyd Williams was also a stand-out for the Wildcats, freely moving through the Demons’ backline and winning every contest. His defensive pressure was a big contributing factor to the Demons’ usually dominating forward, Georgiou, being kept to one goal. Similarly, Wildcat Max Renfrey was able to keep his tag, Geoffrey Rouse, to a solitary goal.
The game ended in typical Wildcats fashion as they capitalised on mistakes and gave no mercy. Rather out of character for the Demons, they went down looking deflated.
The West London club now has all three teams head straight into their respective grand finals on 8th August down at Motspur Park, while Wandsworth have all of their three teams fighting for a place this Saturday 1st August up at Bounds Green.
WEST LONDON WILDCATS: 18.10 (118)
WANDSWORTH DEMONS: 6.10 (46)
WEST LONDON WILDCATS – GOAL SCORERS: Steinfort 7, Duryea 2, Gunn 2, Risol 2, Gore, Holdsworth, Merrigan, Murray, O’Brien,
WANDSWORTH DEMONS – GOAL SCORERS: Beattie, Bell, Georgiou, Kerrin, Rouse, Walker
Photos by Rachel Hill
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