Demons bow out of flag contention

Timboon’s Lyndon Alsop gets a handball out under pressure during Sunday’s first semi-final.

TIMBOON’S Warrnambool and District league football season came to an end on Sunday, with Kolora Noorat accounting for the Demons.

The two sides were playing in a do-or-die semi-final, with the victor progressing to this weekend’s preliminary final, but it was the Power who reigned supreme in a match played in tough conditions.

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They were the beneficiary of a spiteful 10 minutes in the second term, with the Power punishing the Demons for undisciplined acts, going from 11 points down to three points up at half-time.

Kolora Noorat then carried their momentum into the third term, kicking three goals to nil to open up a 22 point lead.

With their season on the line, the Demons started the final quarter in strong fashion, kicking the opening goal as they looked like they would make a late charge.

But the Power were just as quick to respond, kicking two quick goals to push the lead out to 28 points.

The Demons again reduced the margin to 22 points before Luke Justin sealed the win for the Power with a set shot conversion.

Timboon added two late goals in red time, but the Power held on to record a 9.13 (67) to 7.11 (53) victory.

Demons coach Mick Hunt said mistakes proved costly for his side

“You could say that when you look at 14 points, it will come down to two or three critical things that happened in the game and that’s exactly how it went,” he said.

“We just made two or three mistakes and we could not be as clean today (Sunday) for some reason, I don’t know why, our training is all the same, we just weren’t as clean below our knees.”

Hunt acknowledged his side appeared to be flat early in the match and said that may have played a factor in their ball use.

The Demons had focused pre-game on using a short chip kick to break open the Power’s defence, but was unable to successfully implement the plan.

That was partly due to a strong cross breeze, which forced plenty of turnovers, but also because of the Power’s ability to limit their space and free players.

That led to Timboon constantly bombing the ball out of defence, particularly early in the last term, which allowed Kolora Noorat to keep control of the game at a time the Demons looked threatening.

“We tried to be a little bit selective for a while and it just wasn’t working,” Hunt said.

“I think it starts to happen (blazing away) because you’re not being successful with what you’re trying to do.

“There’s no real reason for it, I mean, we discussed this 20, 30 metre chip kick but gee we missed a few of them today too.

“I just thought that when they missed a couple of times, and those mistakes were made, it sort of put everybody back in their shell a little bit and they maybe just withdrew from it for a minute.”

However, Hunt was pleased with how his players fought the game out and still believed his side was a big chance of getting over the line.

“I thought our last quarter was fantastic and what did we kick 3.7 (4.3) or something,” he said.

“There was quite easily the time to still win it and I always felt there was time to still win it.

“But we goaled and then a good mark and goal from Fraser and that just stole our momentum for a second and stalled us.

“Even at the end of the game we were still coming, we weren’t dropping off the pace, we were still in it.”

Andrew Hargreaves was the Demons’ best, with the midfielder winning plenty of clearances and creating plenty of play by foot across the day.

Tyson Osborne was lively up forward, Ben Newey worked tirelessly all day in the midfield, while Marcus Hickey battled hard in the ruck.

Ryan Smith and Tom Hunt also gave the Demons plenty of run and drive, while Damien Wynd (three goals) and Hayden Mitchell (two) were able to hit the scoreboard.

While the loss signalled an end to the Demons’ season, Hunt said the year was another positive step in the right direction.

“We lost six games for the year,” Hunt said.

“We’re the only side that has beaten every team in the comp besides Old Collegians, and we only lost to them by 11 points, so I think our best is good enough.

“I just think we were really stiff today in a lot of ways.”

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