Demons hold on for Blundstone boilover
Written by Richard Bannon
Hobart City Demons have caused a boil over for the ages, defeating Clarence by a solitary point in what was without doubt the match of the TSL season so far.
In cold and wet conditions at Blundstone Arena, the Demons, ran out 12.8-80 to 11.13-79 winners against a previously undefeated Roos outfit.
Spurred on by a confidence-boosting victory over Devonport last week, Hobart City flourished on the wide expanses of Blundstone Arena, where their superior leg speed proved advantageous.
The Demons kicked the first of the match through Sean Willis, who finished with four for the game.
Another Demons goal was then matched with three consecutive majors for Clarence, including a superb set shot from the pocket from Zac Buechner, as the Roos threatened to take the game away from Hobart City.
The Demons responded through Blake Grant, and another goal for Willis, as Hobart City led Clarence 4.3-27 to 3.3-21 at the first change
The game went up a gear in the second term, as Hobart City put an immense amount of pressure on Clarence.
Despite this, the Demons were unable to convert their dominance of the play onto the scoreboard.
Although the Demons were in control, a quick turnover resulted in Clarence getting the ball moving over the back, as Roos skipper Brady Jones kicked a fine goal on the run against the tide.
Jones’s goal was then bettered as the Demons got on a role to kick four of the next five, and take a handy 26-point buffer into the main break, leading 9.6-60 to 5.4-34.
The Demons stalled in the crucial third term, kicking a solitary goal as conditions became gloomy.
Meanwhile, Clarence began to replicate the free-flowing brand of footy that saw them defeat reigning premier Glenorchy last week.
Alas, wasteful kicking for goal denied the Roos any opportunity to take the game away from the Demons, kicking 3.5.
Hobart City took a slim 10.6-66 to 8.9-57 lead into the final term, where the heavens opened to turn the match into a scrappy affair
It was goal for goal up until the 15 minute mark, where Clarence locked it into their attacking half of the ground.
The Roos registered 30 inside-50’s for the quarter, but were again wasteful in front of the big sticks.
Each defensive clearance from Hobart City was regularly landing in the breadbasket of a Clarence player.
As the rain tumbled down, Clarence edged their way to overcoming the Demons’ lead by kciking behind after behind, but ultimately fell just short.
Clarence playing-coach Jeromey Webberley, who hobbled off late in the final term with a hamstring issue, lamented his side’s slow start to the match.
“In the first half, we didn’t come to play. When we did have the ball in our hands, we used it quite poorly, and we kicked it to their numbers a lot… our endeavour and want in the first half was off the pace.”
Hobart City assistant Richard Robinson was thrilled
to take the four points back across the Derwent, despite his side ‘falling over the line’.
“We were wrapped with the outcome. After we played last Saturday night, we had a really good feeling and we were looking forward to coming over and getting on the bigger spaces of Bellerive.”