Dees do enough

Hobart City Demons did enough on the road to claim a 22 point win in a scrappy contest, at West Park.

It wasn’t the prettiest of victories for the Demons but it was an important one to stay in touch with the top five and keep their finals dream alive.

The Dockers got the opener through coach Clint Proctor and the last of the quarter through Tom Charles but in between the opening stanza was largely dictated by the Demons. Both teams played high risk footy which lead to plenty of turnovers, with Burnie in particular being punished for poor exit kicks from defence. A wasteful Demons should have been further than 12 points in front after withstanding some early territorial dominance by Burnie and then delivering some of their own, with Edward Cole, Michael Bidgood and Callan Dell kicking their majors in the first term.

The second quarter was a holding pattern with an arm wrestle ensuing and the innacurate Demons extending their advantage by one straight kick, to see Hobart City 5.8 (38) lead Burnie 3.2 (20). For the young hosts, Nick McKenna and Benjamin Keiselis in defence were two of their better players in the first half, while Darcy Crane kicked their only major of the term.

The Dockers made the running in the third but were unable to trim the margin, controlling the play for the last 10 minutes of the term with goals to Harry Walters and Rudy Barrett getting them back into the game. The Demons looked like they would run away with it after quick goals to Hugh Williams and Jayden Charlton pushed their lead to 30 points, but failed to have any further impact on the scoreboard after that with the Dockers fighting back.
Burnie again impressed everywhere but the scoreboard in the final term as Hobart City walked away with a 22 point win, getting on top early to be never headed. A Nick Walters goal after seven minutes gave the home side hope, but that was the only major they could muster for the final term. Sean Willis kicked Hobart City’s first goal since the early stages of the third term just before the final in a contest where the Demons’ first quarter proved decisive.

Demons Assistant Richard Robinson acknowledged it was not pretty but was happy to collect a win.

“It was scrappy…It is always to come up here and win so a young group to come and take away the four points so that is the positive you have to take out of it.

“We weathered the storm enough and it gets us back to six and six and sets us up for a big game against Lauderdale.”BURNIE DOCKERS v. HOBART CITY DEMONS
Round 13 – 01/07/2017Hobart City Demons                      3.6,  5.8,  7.9,  8.14  (62)Burnie Dockers                          2.0,  3.2,  5.3,  6.4  (40)

GOALS, Hobart City Demons :
J. Williamson 2, S. Willis 1, H. Williams 1, M. Bidgood 1, J. Charlton 1, C. Dell 1,
E. Cole 1

Burnie Dockers :
H. Walters 1, N. Walters 1, T. Charles 1, D. Crane 1, C. Proctor 1, R. Barrett 1

BEST, Hobart City Demons :
E. Cole, M. Bidgood, B. Norton, H. Williams, B. Grant, C. White

Burnie Dockers :
J. Dowling, B. Keiselis, N. Walters, D. Brazendale, N. McKenna, T. Morrison