Demons bounce back

Written by Andrew Johnston

Hobart City Demons claimed their second win of the season, downing Devonport at North Hobart Oval by 53 points on Saturday night.

The Demons were in control for the entire match, leading at every change to score an important win, with only percentage now separating them from Lauderdale.

With both teams looking to make a statement, Devonport let sparks fly pre match by running through Hobart City’s warm up drills before the game. This arguably backfired and sparked the Demons into action, with the Demons scoring six goals to one in an explosive opening quarter. Devonport had few opportunities in the first quarter, as skill errors around the ground cost them dearly. The opening quarter all-but ended the match as a contest as the home team never looked like being headed from there on out.

The Magpies attempted to gain some momentum in the early stages of the second stanza, with hard tackling and early effort showing they would not go away easily. After two of the first three goals, the Pies cut the margin to just 21. But the Demons dominated the quarter from there on, kicking the next three goals. The only downside for the Demons was their inaccuracy – kicking eight behinds in the quarter. Despite this, the Demons led by 47 at the major break.

After half time, the match was more of an arm wrestle as Devonport noticeably improved in skill, and were able to match with Hobart City across the ground. The quarter saw the Demons only increase their lead by two points.

In the final quarter, Hobart City’s inaccurate kicking continued, scoring eight behinds and just the one goal. Devonport continued to produce periods of good footy, and managed two goals, but again did not take their opportunity in front of goals. The hosts were the better team all night however, and walked away 53 point victors to secure their second win of the season.

Ryan Matthews and Blake Grant were both prolific for the Demons, providing a target inside 50, as well as both providing multiple score assists. Coach Kane Richter provided a strong option in the forward line, whilst captain Hugh Williams was very strong across the back half, with some key intercepts. For Devonport, coach Mitch Thorp and co-captain Dylan Riley were standouts, kicking five of the team’s seven goals, as on field leaders for their team.

Hobart City assistant coach Richard Robinson was really happy with the response from the team after last week’s loss to Lauderdale.

“We responded from last week, it’s well documented we were disappointed with our efforts last week, especially after half time.

“We haven’t scored over 70 points for the season, so to get over 100 was good.”

In spite of the loss, Devonport assistant coach Simon Dent was impressed with the effort of his young side.

“The pressure and the effort from the young fellows, particularly to tackle, to harass in those contested situations, we really can’t fault it at all.”

Next week Devonport host Lauderdale, while Hobart City head across the river to take on Clarence.


Hobart City Demons                      6.4,  10.11,  12.14,  14.22  (106)

Devonport                               1.3,  3.7,  5.7,  7.11  (53)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
J. Maple 2, B. Grant 2, R. Matthews 2, J. Charlton 2, J. Williamson 2, C. White 1,
K. Richter 1, W. Campbell 1, S. Willis 1

Devonport :
M. Thorp 3, D. Riley 2, B. Butler 1, M. Perry 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
J. Charlton, R. Matthews, C. White, H. Williams, B. Grant, E. Cole

Devonport :
D. Riley, M. Thorp, S. Egger, Q. Byard, M. Perry, B. Butler