Steve Buesnel flies high in a match against Orange Tigers but it was the whole Demons team flying high at the weekend after a 126-point win against Young.To build a house the tradesmen need to follow the plans to get the job done and Dubbo Demons coach Terry Lyons uses the same principals to plot the success of his football team.
He did it last year and the Demons claimed the Central West flag, but for some reason the game plans haven’t been that closely followed this season.
The Demons did show some improvement against Young at the weekend and won the match, kicking 26-20 (176) to 7-8 (50).
After coming off a 40-plus point loss to Cowra the previous week, the coach was more upbeat this time.
“I think the players realised that game plans do work,’ Lyons said.
“There was a bit more discipline on Saturday and it showed on the scoreboard.
“As we expected Young came out hard at us and crowded our main kickers such as Greg Richter up front, but once we cleaned out the ruck and gave our kickers more room it came together for us.
“Our last quarter was probably the best and Greg kicked six to give him 10 for the match, which was a great effort.”
The coach was displeased with the discipline and commitment of his players leading into and on game day against Cowra but the early week rain saw a gym session last Tuesday night and it seemed to go forward from there.
“We had to settle for gym work on Tuesday night which was a good break away from the field, but then on Thursday we got down to business and put a lot of work into our centre and boundary throw-ins,” Lyons said.
“That practice showed on Saturday and we won the majority of the ball in those areas. Young won a lot of the taps but Josh Gilroy came into his own in the latter stages and wore down their ruckman, which gave us more options.
“Overall though the Young win was a big improvement on the previous week and we’re now looking to go forward from here.
“But it’s the players who have to make it happen.
“All the games now are vital for us, bearing in mind that we will probably be in the bottom half of the finals draw – unless something unforeseen happens to Cowra or Orange.
“We have Bathurst at home on Saturday and it would be good for our confidence to beat them – especially seeing they will probably be our elimination semi-final opponents.”
Lyons’ thoughts on what could or couldn’t happen between now and finals were well founded with the Orange versus Cowra top of the table clash at Orange on Saturday called off during the third quarter after a melee involving players from both teams.
Several players have been reported and the CWAFL will investigate the incident at a meeting in Orange tonight. Of interest to the Demons will be if points will be allocated from the game.
At the time of the incident the Tigers were leading 11-10 (76) to 8-7 (55).
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