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VFLW: The Demons thrash Williamstown

What is really show showing is when the team tap into that confidence, they’ve got the trust in one another then they get the outcomes like that on the field.
Damien Keeping

CASEY has delivered a resounding performance to dominate the Williamstown Seagulls by 35 points at Downer Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Casey Demons 7.6 (48) defeated Williamstown Seagulls 2.1 (13).

After a tightly contested opening quarter, the Demons were dazzling for the rest of the match holding the home team to only two goals in another outstanding defensive masterclass.

The Casey back lines were rarely challenged, but when they were, they confidentially repelled any Seagulls attack, reducing the average Casey opponent score to now a stunning 21.3 points per game.

While the forward line continually trapped the ball in the Casey forward half thanks to the relentless pressure of players like Tayla Tatterson and Kiana Oates forcing the opposition into costly turnovers.

Head coach Damien Keeping was thrilled at the confident performance of his team as they continue to believe in the Casey way of football which is bringing these kind of results.

“What is really show showing is when the team tap into that confidence, they’ve got the trust in one another then they get the outcomes like that on the field,” Keeping told Melbourne Media.

“There have been some real lessons from the three rounds of the season, not just today.

“That when they trust each other and commit to each other, they get the outcomes we are looking for.”

One part of the major driving forces of the Casey domination was the Demons pressure around the ball and the contests resulting in a massive advantage in possessions resulting in Casey having 50 more disposals than the Seagulls.

Led by Libby Birch’s 17 possessions, Sarah Lampard’s 15 touches, and Casey Sherriff’s 15 disposals, in her first VFLW match of the season.

But it was Chantel Emonson who was the star of the day racking up 15 touches and laying 11 tackles in a best on ground performance.

Tatterson saw her hard work rewarded with two majors on the day, leading the forward pressure so crucial for suffocating the Seagulls defenders and forcing them into errors.

In what should be a warning to opposition teams, Casey’s pressure is still an area of the gameplan the coach is excited to see improvement in.

“As we keep moving forward, there is a lot of scope for improvement,” Keeping said.

“That is one of the exciting parts of our game and the season ahead.”

After three victories early in the season, Keeping can continue to experiment with his team and rotate from a roster of talented players all striving towards the collective motto of ‘stronger together’.

“Collectively the group has come together really well,” Keeping said.

“We will continue to change the team around… But the team understands when they come in they have a role to play.

“So various players will come in from week to week. But we are really focused on those team outcomes and you see it with our results.”

The results speak for themselves with the Demons sitting atop of the VFLW ladder, with 12 points and an absurd percentage of 207.8.

Next week the Demons welcome the Southern Saints to Casey Fields on Sunday June 2, at 12 noon, as Casey looks to remain undefeated in season 2019.

 

CASEY DEMONS            0.0       2.2       5.4       7.6       (48)

WILLIAMSTOWN          1.1       2.1       2.1       2.1       (13)

CASEY BEST

Emonson, Birch, Lampard, Smith, Tatterson, Zanker, Winbanks

CASEY GOALS

Tatterson 2, Smith, Birch, Davies, Archer, Zanker