15 minutes of madness

August 17, 2017 by
Filed under: NSW Demons 

by Darren Spence

15 minutes of madness. That’s all it was. 15 minutes. Just like a team losing 5 wickets in 3 overs in a test match can ruin the game for a test nation, so it was for the Demons on Saturday with the Giants piling on 8 goals in the second half of the first quarter in what proved to be a match winning spurt of play.

It’s been discussed at length how important it has been for us to get away to a good start…and we did… 3 goals into the breeze in the first 10 minutes gave us all high hopes for optimism but that soon faded with 2 freakish goals in 2 minutes setting the tone for the rest of the quarter.

The second goal, a huge off break bounce by Scully, resulted in a little bit of vomit appearing in my mouth. Yes I am still bitter and there is absolutely zero chance I will ever barrack for GWS against another team as long as he his playing in their side. The fact that we outscored the Giants after quarter time was of little consolation and another critical 4 points went begging in what was another disappointing day.

Gawn was our best player. He is now gaining momentum form wise and 52 hitouts and a goal was a good return for the big fella. Lewis has made the general off half back role his own and he finished with a game high 35 possessions.

Oliver again had 32, Vince and Hibberd were busy all day and I thought Maynard did well on debut but in the end we really had too many players that were down on the day and with the final siren came a bitter taste in my mouth – no not from the Scully induced vomit – rather the feeling that a full 4 quarter performance would have won the game for us.

This Sunday sees us take on the Saints. I don’t have to tell you how critical this game is. Lose we can probably kiss our finals hopes goodbye. At the end of the day, if I am honest, we probably do not deserve to be in the finals if we can’t win our last 3 games.

However if you told me at the start of the season that with 3 games to go our finals chances rested solely on our own shoulders, boy I would take that in a heartbeat, heck I would have taken that every year for the last decade! The boys know this and they won’t let this opportunity slide this weekend.

Go Dees


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