Depleted Demons’ struggle

Danny Swan gets a kick away under pressure from Nathan Johns. Photo: Jodie Saville.

CHFA. With a large number of players unavailable on Saturday, Forest Stanley was forced to forfeit the reserves game and played with only 14 players in the senior’s match.

The depleted Demons struggled against a full Irishtown side and were further devastated when Jade Best was sidelined with a hamstring injury in the third quarter.

Despite being soundly beaten by 146 points coach Darren Brown was still proud of his side. “They didn’t drop their heads or sook,” he said.

The fast running Canaries were also missing important players in Brody Dillon, Daniel Littlejohn and Matthew Febey. With leading goal kicker, Littlejohn, out of the side, Matthew Emmett took the reins with a seven goal haul while Les Lambert snagged four.

Forest Stanley scored just one goal three for the entire match thanks to the composed Irishtown backline. Josh Perry delivered the ball beautifully out of the backline as he has done for most of the season. Perry, Stuart Butt and Jamie Imer were named amongst the Canaries’ best while the Demons’ only goal kicker, Stuart Charles, was Forest Stanley’s best.

Trowutta City played host to Scotchtown at Forest with both teams also struggling with injured or unavailable players.

It was the young Tigers who kicked the first goal for the day but it would be their only goal for the quarter as the Bulldogs jumped to a 25 point lead by the first siren.

Blake Humphries, David Lorkins, Leigh Sweetman and Troy Thomas all battled hard for the struggling tigers along with several other players who doubled up to play two games.

The Bulldogs were missing key players Joe Brown, Ryan Underwood and Matthew Monson through injury but still managed to have a lot of fire power on their forward line. B Flint kicked five, Dale Poke and Zac Grey kicked four, as the Bulldogs continued on their way to an 86 point win over the Tigers.

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