Shady Punter - Finals - Round 2 Review
AFL Quebec Men’s Semi Final
Montreal Demons v Old Montreal Dockers
Thursday 17th September 2015
Under a clear floodlit sky at the home of footy in Montreal, AFL Quebec Finals has done it again; it has served up another classic game of Australian Football.
The Montreal Demons and Old Montreal Dockers locked horns at Vanier College yesterday evening to see who would advance to this Sunday’s AFL Quebec Grand Final and face off against last year’s champions, the West Island Wooders.
Played in near perfect condition, from the start the tempo was set with ferocious tackles and bumps going in right from the get-go. Despite the high intensity of the game, the skills on show were of the highest quality and coupled with the physicality been dished out, it made for a great spectacle. Neither team had much time on the ball and chances were at a premium and this was reflected in the quarter time score of two goals apiece. Both defences were really on top with Pouessel and Richmond on form for the Demons while Leyva and McCammon were getting the job done for the Dockers down the other end.
The second quarter however was all Demons and in particular all Kyle Graham, who bagged himself a second quarter hat trick. In the majority of games, teams will have a purple patch and it’s up to the receiving team to limit the damage during this period as much as they can. Like so often before though, when the Dockers allow their teams a purple patch, they allow their teams a purple patch and they generally find themselves on the back foot for the rest of the game. And last night’s game was no different. Demons kicked six second quarter goals and if it wasn’t for two late Guy Joel Rocher goals, this game could have been all both over at half time.
The Demons leading at half time 8.2.50 to 5.3.33.
The Dockers came out in the third with all guns blazing but with a limited bench, fatigue was starting to take effect. But in another true Docker spirit, they kept rallying but it would be the Demons who would go in at the three quarter period a further goal to the good, thanks to Michelmore who kicked two and Florian Tronche who slotted him smartly after a mix up in the Dockers defence. Things also got heated in the third, with umpire Dan Robinson reaching to his pocket and relieving Pouessel of his defensive duties for 15 minutes. But such is the Demons strength in depth; they were able to bring guys of the bench of the calibre of Tim Nixon and Luke Anderson when needed.
The last quarter really was do or die for the Dockers but unfortunately it was the Demons who kicked the first goal to all but end the Dockers hope of a first Grand Final spot since 2012. But the Dockers again rallied hard, and kicked three goals to pull it back to within two goals but it was the Demons who put the last score on the board to seal their place in this year’s Grand Final and their first in their four year history.
Montreal Demons 13.7.85 defeat Old Montreal Dockers 10.5.65
The Montreal Demons as AFL Quebec Grand Finalist will now also have the honour of representing AFL Quebec along with the West Island Wooders in this year’s inaugural Eastern Canadian Australian Football Championships on Saturday 26th September 2015.