By: MADELEINE McCASKILL
Canberra scores double win in last trial match
Canberra Demons claimed two hard-fought victories over Queanbeyan and Belconnen in a double-header contest at Queanbeyan Oval on Saturday.
The Demons split their squad in half to take on the Tigers and Magpies in consecutive matches in their last pre-season hit-out before Round 1 kicks off in a fortnight.
The tension was high as many Demons players, including coach and player Kade Klemke, came up against their old club Queanbeyan in the first game of the day.
The Tigers came out attacking, putting pressure on to the contests and players to keep the Demons goalless until the third quarter.
Innacuracy was the theme of the afternoon as Canberra went into half-time managing only 0.11 as they led by four points.
But it was Demons third quarter effort that became a huge turn around for them as they started focusing on using their space and taking control of the footy, extending their margin to 34 points before finishing 8.20 (68) to 3.4 (22) winners.
Canberra’s second squad followed in their footsteps and came out showing cleaner kicking and efficient disposals in the opening quarter against the Magpies, racing to a 30-point lead.
The Magpies kept it an even contest thereafter, but the damage was already done as Canberra came out on top 13.8 (86) to 7.6 (48).
Canberra’s ability to handpass out of trouble and efficiently dispose the ball from their backline through the wings saved them in both games, and it will continue to be a skill Demons bring to their games.
Klemke said he couldn’t be happier with the results.
“It’s exactly what I wanted. I didn’t want a big blow out, I wanted a good contest,” he said.
“We have a really young team and they have to get used to this sort of footy.
“The great thing is about being a young team is that they want to listen and I was happy that they responded in the games.”
Klemke believes Demons have the ability to play some great games in the season and will be competitive, but maintaining it over the season will be a challenge.
“Of course there will be weeks where we drop off but we just need to find consistency.”
Canberra hosts Redland at Allinsure Park in their season opener on April 1.
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