Roos show class with triumph over Demons

HARD BALL: Waubra’s Stuart Oliver in the contest against Bungaree’s Bradley Lane and Ashley McDonald on Saturday. Picture: Kate Healy.
Nanjing Night Net

BUNGAREE’S dream start to the season came crashing down on Saturday with a 31-point defeat atthe hands of Waubra.

The unbeaten Demons were unsettled by the Kangaroo onslaught and struggled to gain a clear breakin the game.

Bungaree looked dangerous, kicking two goals in the first five minutes of the game, but fizzled out as

Waubra took hold and kicked the next four.

That two-goal lead of Waubra’s was eroded by three majors from Bungaree 10 minutes into thesecond term.

Two late Kangaroo goals saw them maintain a slender seven-point lead at half time.

The third quarter was Bungaree’s downfall. Four Waubra majors sailed through and the Demonsjust managed two points.

That31-point Rooslead going into the final term was too hard to cut andthe damage had beendone.

The hero of Waubra’s win was half-forward Tim Boyle, who booted seven of his team’s 12 majors.

He took some big marks and was cool and calm converting set shots.

Tim Mullane was the other multiple scorer with two majors.

One player who was hungry in attack was Rhys Brown. He worked hard for his single goal.

Clearances seesawed from quarter to quarter, but Bungaree’s ruckman David Benson took it up toWaubra’s big men, led by Matthew Wapling.

It was a tough day for Demons forwards, but a highlight was Shaun Finlayson’s two majors.

According to Waubra’s coach Grant Luscombe, it was the Roos’ hardness in the contests thatmade thedifference against Bungaree.

“It was a highly contested game. We always knew it was going to be againstthe topside,” Luscombe said.

“Bungaree are there for a reason. They contest the footy well. We had to match them in that area.

“I thought our backsix were very good. But our pressure from our midfield was pretty good,too.”

Bungaree coach Heath Pyke said it was the result the Demons deserved for the way they played onthe day.

“In the end, it was probably a just result. Probably the result we deserved for the way we played. I don’t think at any stage did we play fluently. Waubra was far too good for us,” Pyke said.

“They wanted more of the contest than we did. Definitely won more contested footy than we did.”

When asked about losing top spot, Pyke said:”It puts us back in the mix again. Makeslife a little bit harder come the end of the year.”

Waubra now prepares for a clash against Ballan, while Bungaree eyes a meeting withCarngham-Linton.

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