News DEMONS PAY FOR POOR START
DEMONS PAY FOR POOR START
Posted on 18/06/2012
By Mark Thornber
Round 13, Perth v West Perth
Brownes Stadium, Saturday 16 June 2012
Perth 2.3 3.10 6.14 8.16 64
West Perth 6.3 8.5 12.7 16.10 106
Perth paid the price for a slow start and inaccurate kicking as they went down to the Falcons by 42 points in wintery conditions at Brownes Stadium on Saturday.
The match was only a couple of minutes old when Fremantle Docker Kepler Bradley hit the scoreboard early for the visitors and within the first 12 minutes the Falcons had 4 goals to nil on the board.
Perth had plenty of the ball in the midfield through Captain Ross Young and the exciting Alistair Smith, however had trouble converting on the scoreboard. The Demons finally managed a goal to Joel Leeson at the 18 minute mark but at quarter time trailed West Perth 6.3 to 2.3.
The second quarter again followed the same pattern as the first with Perth doing well around the stoppages but continued missing shots at goal. Leeson kicked Perth’s 3rd goal half way through the term, however it was the Falcons who had increased their lead to 26 points at half time.
As the rain became heavier in the second half Perth slowly started to narrow the gap as Brennan Stack and then Tim Noakes kicked quick goals for the Demons. Despite the hard work of Young and Matthew Rogers constantly driving the ball forward they just simply couldn’t finish off up forward for the remainder of the term.
The Falcons soon replied through the dangerous Anthony Tsalikis and to West Coast Eagle Andrew Strijk as West Perth went into three quarter time with a comfortable lead of 29 points in difficult conditions.
The last term started perfectly for Perth as Simon Donovan converted truly only 30 seconds into the quarter to provide the home side with a chance.
However West Perth responded straight back with the next major and when they kicked the next 2 goals in quick succession the result was beyond doubt.
Young played another superb match picking up 33 possessions and was well supported by Alistair Smith. Rogers excelled in the difficult conditions with Matthew Tedesco proving a reliable player all day across Half Back.
Next week Perth has a bye and then plays the Sharks at East Fremantle Oval in a Sunday match.
Goals: Leeson, Rogers 2, Young, Donovan, Stack, Noakes 1.
Best: Young, Rogers, Smith, Tedesco, Lower, Leeson.
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