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TURNING ON THE HEAT by KC from Casey


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The Casey Demons headed north to taste some Queensland sunshine and despite having to leave out skipper Mitch White who was stricken with the flu, they had little trouble in turning on the heat and disposing of finals contender Gold Coast.

The Demons were dominant from the very start with exciting young key forward Jacob Van Rooyen on fire early and Mitch Brown destroying the Suns with his marking and leading despite his erratic kicking for goal. By the time newcomer Ryan Valentine goaled with his first kick at the 20 minute mark of the opening term for Casey’s fifth on the trot, the Suns looked completely demoralised. They were down by 34 points at the first break and then Brown put his kicking boots on after kicking 5 behinds to bag four goals. His half time tally was one point more than the home side’s 4.5 which had them trailing by 55 points. 

And it didn’t end there with the Demons ramming home another eight in the third quarter to underline their complete mastery over an enthusiastic but far less skilled and disorganised opponent. They pulled up a little in the final term providing the crowd with half an hour of junk time before they cantered to a 76 point victory that left them two games and percentage clear of the next best on the VFL ladder.

Apart from the two key forwards, the Demons were well served by the usual suspects in Jake Melksham, Kade Chandler, Luke Dunstan and Jayden Hunt who, based on their respective performances could easily come into most AFL teams. They were a cut above the standard of their opposition in the game played in this paddock outside the main facility at Carrara. 

The Demons have the luxury of being able to nurture their young talent in the VFL. Besides Van Rooyen, Bailey Laurie and rookie Andy Moniz-Wakefield had some special moments during the course of the game.

The Casey contingent blended in well with Jack Bell holding up his end in the ruck in the absence of Majak Daw. Riley Baldi and White’s replacement Roan Steele (two goals) were good again, Jimmy Munro led from the front and Matt Buntine was more than handy. 

Next Saturday sees the team head back home to cooler weather and Casey Fields for a clash against an improving Port Melbourne. 

CASEY DEMONS 7.6.48 12.12.84 20.15.135 21.17.143

GOLD COAST SUNS 2.2.14 4.5.29 8.9.57 9.13.67 

Goals

Casey Demons M Brown 6 J Van Rooyen 3 Chandler Melksham Steele 2 Baker Grey Laurie Moniz-Wakefield Munro Valentine

Gold Coast Suns Oea Sexton 2 Corbett Day Faulkhead Hollands Nicholls

Best

Casey Demons M Brown Van Rooyen Chandler Melksham Bell Baldi

Gold Coast Suns Atkins McPherson Constable Moyle

Statistics
 
Oskar Baker 1 goal 2 behinds 14 kicks 10 handballs 24 disposals 8 marks 2 tackle 102 dream team points
Riley Baldi 1 behind 9 kicks 6 handballs 15 disposals 7 marks 3 tackles 70 dream team points

Jack Bell 5  kicks 5 handballs 10 disposals 1 mark 18 hit outs 48 dream team points
Mitch Brown 6 goals 6 behinds 17 kicks 4 handballs 21 disposals 10 marks 1 tackle 130 dream team points

Matt Buntine 6 kicks 5 handballs 11 disposals 5 marks 1 tackles 42 dream team points
Kade Chandler 2 goals 1 behind 10 kicks 10 handballs 20 disposals 6 marks 6 tackles 101 dream team points
Luke Dunstan 17 kicks 8 handballs 25 disposals 2 marks 3 tackles 74 dream team points
Corey Ellison 3 kicks 1 handball 4 disposals 11 dream team points 
George Grey 1 goals 2 behinds 7 kicks 3 handballs 10 disposals 3 marks 1 tackle 49 dream team points 
Jayden Hunt 11 kicks 9 handballs 20 disposals 6 marks 2 tackles 79 dream team points

Bailey Laurie 1 goal 1 behind 10 kicks 11 handballs 21 disposals 4 marks 6 tackles 95 dream team points

Judd McVee 6 kicks 9 handballs 15 disposals 4 marks 1 tackle 53 dream team points

Jake Melksham 2 goals 1 behind 15 kicks 6 handballs 21 disposals 5 marks 2 tackles 94 dream team points 
Andy Moniz-Wakefield 1 goal 7 kicks 1 handball  8 disposals 1 mark 1 tackle 40 dream team points

James Munro 1 goals 4 kicks 5 handballs 15 disposals 3 marks 9 tackles 1 hit out 95 dream team points

Trent Rivers 13 kicks 6 handballs 19 disposals 4 marks 2 tackles 72 dream team points
Fraser Rosman 10 kicks 4 handballs 14 disposals 5 marks 50 dream team points
Deakyn Smith 5 kicks 6 handballs 11 disposals 4 marks 2 handballs 44 dream team points
Roan Steele 2 goals 1 behind 11 kicks 6 handballs 17 disposals 5 marks 1 tackles 77 dream team points
Adam Tomlinson 20 kicks 2 handballs 22 disposals 5 marks 1 tackle 79 dream team points
Ryan Valentine 1 goal 2 kicks 6 handballs 8 disposals 2 tackles 1 hit out 31 dream team points
Jacob Van Rooyen 3 goals 1 behind 10 kicks 7 handballs 17 disposals 5 marks 1 tackle 4 hit outs 88 dream team points

Taj Woewodin 13 kicks 4 handballs 17 disposals 5 marks 3 tackles 74 dream team points 
 
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