Shady Punter - Finals - Round 2 Preview
Old Montreal Dockers v Montreal Demons
Thursday 17th September 2015 at 6.30pm
Fans and players of AFL Quebec will be keenly anticipating the clash between the second place Old Montreal Dockers and the third place Montreal Demons, in this Thursday night’s AFL Quebec Men’s Semi Final game.
The Dockers won two out of their three regular season confrontations, but don’t let that fool you. These have all been hard-fought competitions, with only 1-2 goals separating the teams when the final whistle was blown.
The Dockers never fail to deliver footy gold to the viewer. Whether it’s Steve McCammon’s ability to find a sliver of light between the posts and somehow squeeze the ball through it, Ronan Shaughnessy’s domineering play that instantly draws coverage yet manages to punch through and delivery the points, or the flawless ball handling of Guy Joel Rocher. The list of exciting players to watch is long.
The return of the goal-meister Darren Murphy ensures that there’s plenty of freakish talent to go around. While the final line-up for the Dockers has not been released at the time of writing, rest assured that they are an ever present risk, when they are all present.
The Demons are enormous on paper, but this hasn’t always translated into dominance on the field. Matt Ingersole, Kyle Graham, Andrew Michelmore, Luke O’Farrell, Tony Purdie, Christopher Cuellar et al are more than capable in their positions. But like most mere mortals, rarely flawless.
The real strength of the Demons is that they are smart enough to come up with a game plan, and good enough to deliver on it. The rucking might of Morgan Whyte is such a consistent force, that the team can and does build itself around it. This is where the Demons will find their inspiration. It should be the foundation of their game plan.
Shady’s heart says one thing and his/her mind another.
These two teams have demonstrated unbelievable character throughout the season. The Demons are coming off a win in which they demonstrated that they are capable of almost anything. Their assassination-by-stealth, with a slow but steady rally during the final moments of last Saturday’s AFL Quebec Men’s Elimination Quarter Final, was text-book solid team play. If they can score early and produce a combined team effort like that against the Dockers, they will win.
But, Shady has a soft-spot for that unpredictable magic of the Dockers. The return of Murphy has revitalized them, and they are looking dangerous.
If the Dockers are inspired by their leadership to fight as a team, with all that their hearts and minds can deliver, they have a strong chance of meeting the Wooders in the Grand-Final on Sunday.
Just beware lads; the Demons are devilishly cruel in the way they can crush you before you realize it’s happening.