THE Casey Demons returned to the winners' list with a solid 13-point victory over the Geelong Cats in Round 9 of the Rebel VFLW.

The Demons came out with intense energy, setting the tone early with a dominant first quarter where they kicked four goals while keeping Geelong scoreless.

Jo Lin was a standout performer for the Casey Demons, contributing three crucial goals to the team's victory. Lin's first goal came from a strong mark inside the goal square, showcasing her aerial prowess.

Her relentless effort was evident as she worked tirelessly to secure her second and third goals, with her third coming from another spectacular mark. Lin's ability to maintain pressure on the Geelong defence was instrumental in Casey's early dominance.

Returning from injury, Sarah D'arcy made an immediate impact by scoring the opening goal of the match. D'arcy's presence was felt throughout the game, particularly in the third quarter when she added another goal to her tally. Her experience and skill were pivotal in keeping the scoreboard ticking for Casey and maintaining the team's momentum.

Niamh O'Neill contributed to Casey's first-quarter blitz, kicking a goal just before the siren. O'Neill's goal gave the Demons a comfortable lead heading into the first break, setting the stage for the remainder of the game. Her performance in the forward line added another layer of potency to Casey's attack.

The Demons maintained their momentum throughout the match, with crucial defensive and midfield performances ensuring they stayed ahead.

Sammie Johnson was exceptional in defence, collecting 23 disposals. Johnson's ability to read the play and intercept Geelong's forward entries was crucial in keeping the Cats at bay. Her composure and precise ball use out of the defensive 50 were vital factors in Casey's solid defensive performance, earning her best on ground for the afternoon.

Tegan Williams had an impressive all-around game with 22 disposals and four hit-outs. Williams' ability to win the ball both in the air and at ground level provided a versatile option for Casey in the midfield and around stoppages.

Shree Fairchild and Meg Macdonald each gathered 19 disposals, displaying relentless determination and control in the midfield.

Zoe Mitchell contributed significantly with 17 disposals. Mitchell's ball-winning ability and her knack for finding space made her a constant threat.

The Demons' consistent pressure and strategic play prevented the Cats from mounting a significant comeback, even though Geelong managed to reduce the deficit in the latter stages of the game.

This win not only puts Casey Demons back on the winner's list but also demonstrates their capability to dominate across all quarters, setting a positive tone as they prepare for their next challenge against Darebin next Sunday.

Casey Demons | 4.2 5.2 6.5 7.7 (49)
Geelong Cats | 0.2 1.4 3.5 5.6 (36)

Goals | 3 Lin, 2 D’arcy, 1 O’Neill, Horne
Key Players | 23 Johnson, 22 Williams, 19 Fairchild, Macdonald, 17 Mitchell
Next Game | V Darebin Falcons @ Genis Steel Oval, Sunday 26 May 11:05 AM