Take a deep breath …. and then exhale slowly ….

August 17, 2017 by
Filed under: NSW Demons 


by Darren Spence

Take a deep breath in through your nose and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this 10 times or until you have calmed down enough to ensure you don’t say, write or do anything that you might regret.

Following the Demons can be hazardous for your health. Memberships should really come with a health warning as not only did I have to be at the pub at 10.30 am as the only option to watch the game, it was another close one and I found myself doing the above mentioned breathing exercises for about 5 minutes after the game, a game we should have never have lost, another game against North and another game that even the most ardent North fans would have tipped themselves to lose.

I don’t know why we can’t beat North. They are probably one of the most irrelevant teams in the AFL, I probably could only name on one hand the amount of their supporters I know and for some reason we just cannot beat them. Coupled with the fact that every game is vital right now for our finals chances, losing on Saturday was tough……Right up until the last 10 seconds I had no doubt in my mind that we would win, I had full confidence all day so when the siren blew, like us all, I was guttered.

I am not going to report much on the game, for fear of giving additional publicity to Norf, but they did use the conditions better than us, especially in the last quarter, and that’s why they beat us. Full stop.

Again I will use the cut and paste option and comment that Oliver gained over 30 possessions, 33 in fact, equal with Lewis who spent most of the game as a loose man in defense. I think whoever carves out names on the Bluey trophy can start the job early. I think Oliver has it in the bag, a fantastic effort for someone only in his second year of senior footy. Besides Oliver and Lewis, Gawn had a good game finishing with 52 hit outs, Tyson was busy, especially early on in the piece, and Garlett was dangerous all day with 3 goals in, what was, hang on, I need to do my controlled breathing exercises again…..a disappointing day….let’s just leave it at that.

Another game beckons and another trip interstate on Saturday this time against another top 4 aspirant in the Giants. Hogan will be missing unfortunately and at the time of writing I have just read that Cameron is out….this somewhat evens the ledger. If last weeks’ loss doesn’t have the boys fired up I don’t know what will….we have a good record against GWS and I am predicting the boys will bounce back in what I expect to be a fiery game. Jones is expected to return also to add leadership and I expect us to win.

Go Dees


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