In a challenging encounter in Round 13 of the Rebel VFLW, the Casey Demons fell short against the Western Bulldogs, succumbing to a 33-point defeat.

Despite a spirited effort, the Demons were outplayed and struggled to gain control of the territory, particularly in the second quarter.

Shree Fairchild stood out for the Dees, showcasing her toughness around the ball. Fairchild amassed 18 disposals, four clearances, and an impressive 12 tackles, demonstrating her relentless work ethic throughout the game.

Meg Macdonald also delivered a solid performance with 17 disposals, six tackles, and three clearances, contributing significantly in the midfield.

Lilly Leighton, making her VFLW debut at just 17 years old, impressed with 14 disposals and kicked Casey's first goal of the day, marking a memorable start to her VFLW career.

Sarah D’Arcy consistently put her body on the line in every contest. Her determination paid off when she desperately got a foot to the ball on the goal line to score in the third quarter.

Niamh O’Neill showcased her attacking expertise with a massive kick that sailed over the back to score a goal in the third quarter, exemplifying her bold approach to the game.

In the ruck, Leah Swain dominated with 32 hitouts, giving the Demons numerous opportunities to gain possession. However, despite her impressive performance, the team struggled to transition the ball effectively into the forward 50, limiting their scoring chances.

Olivia Morris added depth to the team’s performance with her efforts across the field, finishing with 13 disposals.

The Demons initially held their own, finishing the first quarter just ahead with a narrow 1-point lead. However, the Western Bulldogs gradually gained momentum, outscoring the Demons significantly in the subsequent quarters.

By the second quarter, Casey was outplayed, losing the territory battle and struggling to keep up with the Bulldogs' pace.

In the second half, despite valiant efforts from key players like Fairchild, Macdonald, and the debutant Leighton, the Bulldogs proved too strong, extending their lead and sealing the win.

The Demons will now look to regroup as they prepare for their final home and away game of the season against the Southern Saints at Casey Fields.

This match will be crucial in determining their fate for the finals, and the team will be eager to bounce back and finish the season on a high note.

Western Bulldogs | 1.0 3.2 6.5 8.6 (54)
Casey Demons | 1.1 1.3 3.3 3.3 (21)

Goals | 1 O’Neill, Leighton, D’arcy
Key Players | 18 Fairchild, 17 Macdonald, 14 Leighton, 13 Morris
Next Game | V Southern Saints @ Casey Fields 11:05 AM Sunday 23 June 2024