Devils too hot for Dragons

Devils too hot for Dragons


Footy is back for 2018 and Greenacres may not have had an ideal start, but showed plenty of promise against Mount Lofty, at Heathfield Oval, on Saturday night.

The Devils were playing for their teammate, the late Ellen Maple, and they gave it their all, dominating the scoreboard to take a 74-point win from the opening round.

It didn’t take too long to realise the Devils were the real deal this year, while the fresh-faced Dragons, stacked full of new names and a new look, proved there was still a little work ahead.

Midfielder Ash Reid provided some exciting run and penetration for the green and black, while Teagan Littler also played a strong role against tough opponents.

However, the Dragons could not find the missing piece of the puzzle and finished a scoreless opening stanza trailing by 19 points at quarter time.

Running down the ‘two-goal’ hill in the second term Jenna ‘J-Mo’ Maloney finally opened the account for Greenies with a clutch long bomb from the wing.

Former banana bender Danina ‘Dee’ Johnson dominated in the backlines, but there was little she and her teammates could do the stem the flow of goals from the home side as it took a 33-point advantage into the main break.

The Devils once again took full advantage of the incline, while as another score-less quarter passed for Greenacres, the Dragons trailed by 55 points heading into the final term.

The scoreboard was less than desirable for the Dragons, but luck was finally with the green and black, as Leah ‘Tynee’ Tynan’s produced a lovely snap that fortunately bounced over the top of the defenders reach.

Greenacres tackled hard all day and there were glimpses of greatness across the field, but Mount Lofty dominated on its home deck, running out eventual winners 12.15 (87) to 2.1 (13).

The Dragons will regroup before facing the Hawks on Saturday night, 6pm, at home.


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