TIMBOON Demons waited until the perfect moment to produce their best football, with a thumping victory over South Rovers in the Warrnambool and District league’s senior competition on Sunday.
The Demons were at their scintillating best in the elimination final clash with the Lions, as the do-or-die contest turned into a one-sided affair.
The 23.10 (148) to 6.10 (46) Demons’ win was by far their most complete performance of the season, beating the Lions in just about every aspect of the game.
Their victory was set up in the opening three quarters, with the Demons kicking 22 of their 23 goals in a dominant display of football.
Demons coach Mick Hunt said the result was a good win for the club, who concentrated on being first to the footy.
He was pleased with how the match unfolded, with the Demons kicking 14.2 to 2.2 in the opening half to have the game all but wrapped up at half-time.
“We jumped out of the blocks and were playing good, committed footy and we were disciplined,” he said.
In the build-up to the clash against the Lions, the Demons focused on ways to exploit the press the Lions use across the ground.
They were able to execute their plans to perfection, with their run and carry and skills outclassing South Rovers right across the ground.
More importantly, it made it easier for Timboon to score, with the Demons getting the ball into dangerous areas.
Hunt said the majority of the Demons’ goals came from well inside 50, with a selfless approach paying dividends on the scoreboard.
“I reckon we got into the right spots on the ground,” he said.
“Every opportunity they got, they shared the ball (to the right areas) to guarantee scoring shots.
“They were very unselfish.”
Marcus Hickey, Andy Hargreaves and Bayley Thompson all drew praise from their coach for their performances on Sunday.
“Big Barney was great, Andy Hargreaves was good and Bayley Thompson kicked seven,” Hunt said.
Ryan Smith, Hayden Mitchell and Sam Newey were also good according to Hunt, but he said he could not fault any of his players in the victory.
“It was a pretty even performance if you went across the board,” he said.
“It’s pretty pleasing; we’ve been capable of this performance all season.”
Timboon’s attention has already turned to the first semi-final on Sunday, with the Demons set to take on Kolora Noorat again at the Mack Oval.
Hunt said his side will face a difficult test against a team who has become a proven big game competitor since joining the competition.
“We come up against Kolora Noorat, which will be tough as hell,” he said.
“They’ve played a lot of finals over the past 10 years.”
Hunt said his side must focus on playing the best they can, knowing they have set a standard to follow.
He said if they can bring their intensity and effort and apply maximum pressure, then anything can happen against the Power.
“We’ll give it our best shot,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Demons’ reserves season came to an end at the hands of Merrivale on Sunday, with the side suffering a heartbreaking six point defeat.
The game was a close affair for much of the day, with little separating the sides for the majority of the match.
It was only in the dying minutes of the final term that Merrivale hit the front, with a goal handing them a 7.3 (45) to 6.3 (39) victory.
Demons coach Ben Mitchell was named best on ground in the loss, while Brad Hallyburton, Dean Whitehead, Anthony Glennen, Isiah Arundell and Benjamin Saunders also played good games.